Introduction

Thinking of bringing home an Australian Shepherd puppy? Pawhaps it's the breed's sharp gaze or high intelligence that has captured your heart. Whichever quality has won you over, it's impawtant to note that this breed is not for everyone. The prefurred herding dog of cowboys, Australian Shepherds are very athletic, and have a strong impulse to herd anything, including children, birds, and other dogs. Their active brains and work drive may be too much for some people to handle, especially those who are sedentary or first-time dog parents. When properly trained, however, Australian Shepherds make pawsome canine companions.

Home Preparation

Before the newest member of the family arrives on your doorstep, you will want to make sure that your home is safe for your Australian Shepherd to explore. Your inquisitive pup will be eager to learn about their new world, and to them, everything within reach is fair game! Puppy-proof your house by putting away all potentially hazardous items like medicines and cleaning supplies, as well as valuables like shoes and gadgets. Be sure to hide any loose electrical cords as well! Some basic supplies that your new four-legged friend will need are a harness or collar, a leash, identification tags, food and water dishes, a high-quality puppy food, a crate, a bed, and chew toys. Puppy pads and baby gates are good to have on hand, too.

Create a Schedule

Bringing home a new puppy can shake up your daily routine, but having a schedule ready helps make the adjustment period smoother. Your growing puppy will need to be fed three to four times a day. Another thing to note is that your Aussie pup can only hold their bladder for so long, so they will have to go to the bathroom several times a day, sometimes in the middle of the night. Make sure your pupper has a chance to relieve themselves first thing in the morning, after every meal, nap, and play session, and before going to bed. You can sign your Australian Shepherd up for basic obedience training once they've had their first rabies shot at about four months old. Training and exercise are great for channeling your pupper's boundless energy into something pawsitive!

What to Expect the First Week

Being taken to a new place can be overwhelming for your Australian Shepherd pup. Help your furry pal feel safe by spending as much time with them as pawssible. You can also place their bed or crate next to your bed to reassure them. Remember to provide your pup with chew toys as well, as they will be teething for the next few months. Spend time bonding with your Australian Shepherd puppy, and you'll have a pawsome running and hiking buddy once they grow up!
Training
Training

Very Easy

Aussies are eager to please, making them very easy to train. Start them young!
Toys
Toys

Fetch

Australian Shepherds love toys that they can chase, such as balls and frisbees!
Food
Food

Fortified

Select a formula with DHA to aid in your pup's brain and vision development.
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