Due to the Australian Shepherd's impressive intelligence level, training is typically quite easy — especially if you have lots of treats on hand! A clicker is an excellent tool to use with training as it helps to cue the dog once they perform a desired behavior.
If you're just starting out with a puppy (or new Aussie) a great trick to begin with is "sit". All you need to do is have your clicker in one hand and a treat in the other. Capture your dog's attention with the treat and bring it near the nose. Move the treat over the head and back towards the tail, having your dog follow the scent of the treat.
This should trigger a natural sitting action and once your dog's butt touches the ground, click and treat. Repeat this until your Aussie is sitting like a pro! Harder tricks can be performed as you wish (this breed is certainly clever enough to handle it).
Although this is a small list of activities, the amount of things that you can do with your Australian Shepherd is endless! This breed absolutely loves to be on the move and whether it's hiking, biking, or playing fetch, the Aussie is definitely going to put their all into it.
So let your imagination run wild and maybe teach your dog that trick you've been dreaming about, or perhaps even hit the streets and let that adorable face and sweet personality brings smiles to everyone you happen to meet. No matter what you decide to do, just be sure to give your Aussie plenty of chances to burn off all that stored up energy so that your dog can live a fulfilling and happy life.