Blue heelers, also known as Australian Cattle Dogs, is a working dog that was bred to be incredibly loyal and hard working for it’s owners. These dogs are incredibly fast, strong and active and always want something to keep them busy. They are a smaller medium-sized dog with grey and black hair that almost appears blue in some light and many of these dogs have patches of burnt orange in their coats, as they were bred from the Australian dingo, a wild dog in the Land Down Under. Due to this breeding history, Blue Heelers can often be overly active and unruly. However, this concern can be dealt with if specific things are done when the Blue Heelers are puppies, namely through discipline, attention and some work between the owner and the dog. Some tips for how to work with a Blue Heeler puppy, as well as information about Blue Heelers in general, is below.
Start Training Blue Heeler Puppies Early
As soon as you have your adorable new Blue Heeler puppy, some training needs to begin. The dog will be full of energy, so walks should be regular throughout the day to not only housebreak the dog, but to also work off some of this excess energy. Try to walk the puppy at least two to three times per day for at least 15 to 20 minutes each time. It may be difficult to find the time to do this regularly, so if this is going to be a problem for your schedule, you may want to reconsider getting a blue heeler puppy that will grow into a very active dog.
Start Playing Games Early
Training a Blue Heeler is not solely about doing tricks like sitting, shaking and rolling over, but also about playing certain games that help the dog get it’s energy out. Fetch should be something you begin doing with your new puppy from the outset, so that he comes to expect it whenever you guys go out in the yard or to a park. This game requires the Blue Heeler to go after only the ball or whatever you are throwing and bring it back to you consistently, so that it is not distracted by anything else that is going on and won’t run off to investigate, endangering himself or others. The more disciplined your Blue Heeler puppy becomes when it comes to playing these games, the easier it will be to get their energy out in the future and keep them under control.
Go to Training Classes
Take your Blue Heeler puppy to Zoom Room or other disciplinary classes so that they have training from the outset. This will allow you to work with them on other basic disciplinary things, like coming back to you on command no matter what is going on around them and will also help them get extra energy out. As with most dogs, the more time you spend training them when they are puppies and adolescent dogs, the better behaved they will be when they are older. So invest some quality time with your Blue Heeler puppy. It will pay off in the long run!
+Neil Kilgore is the Jack (Russell) of all trades at Greenfield Puppies in Lancaster Pa. He regularly blogs about dogs, breeders and puppies on the Greenfield Puppies website.