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The Pirate King
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Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
Obviously I've discovered that he loves to play and bite any other owners on here?


Clyde Tipton
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
Get some cows, Homie.


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NWLA Tiguh12
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
Badass dogs


GREENHEAD22
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
Awesome some dogs but are very strong willed. Get something he can heard and you will be okay.

Will get some more when I get enough cows.


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Clyde Tipton
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
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Badass dogs



Look up Skidboot videos if you've never heard of him or seen him.

He passed away a few years ago unfortunately.

LINK


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Riseupfromtherubble
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
Curb the biting now. Herders are notorious for this because it's how they get the attention of whatever they're herding. Mental exercise is as, if not more important than physical exercise, a bored herder will destroy your shite. Don't leave anything on the floor you aren't willing to get chewed up. Don't buy a bunch of different chew toys, this confuses the dog on what's okay to chew while they're teething, just but several of the same one.

If it isn't potty trained yet, positive reinforcement for going outside is a quicker training method than negative reinforcement for going inside. Will think of more as they come to me, have a 3 yo Aussie and a 5 month old Aussie I've raised since they were 8 weeks old, not always easy but the 3yo is the best dog I know now


The Pirate King
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
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Don't leave anything on the floor you aren't willing to get chewed up.


Thanks for all the tips man. Figured this out the hard way. Left a pair of sandals out while I went to the bathroom...within 5 minutes, he had destroyed them and chewed through the the part that goes between your toes.

Potty training has been interesting so far. Will definitely try your methods on that, toys, and on biting.

For potty training do you give actual treats or just verbal praise/petting?


stoms
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
Had one years ago. Like others have said they're mouthy. Biggest thing I can stress is a ton of exercise. If you're not going to wear him out every day, he's going to drive you crazy. Intense daily fetch sessions are as important as feeding them.

When mine was a real young puppy, he'd put his front paws in the water bowl and start digging. Per the Internet, that's the dingo in their bloodline. Dingo in the Australian dessert have a crazy nose for water and will dog it up if they smell it underground. Pretty cool seeing his ingrained genetics at work.


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Mossive
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
smart dogs.

i knew a guy his dog new over 100 commands/words



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TheCurmudgeon
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
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Curb the biting now. Herders are notorious for this because it's how they get the attention of whatever they're herding. Mental exercise is as, if not more important than physical exercise, a bored herder will destroy your shite. Don't leave anything on the floor you aren't willing to get chewed up. Don't buy a bunch of different chew toys, this confuses the dog on what's okay to chew while they're teething, just but several of the same one.

If it isn't potty trained yet, positive reinforcement for going outside is a quicker training method than negative reinforcement for going inside.


Right on the money. Do not let that little heathen get away with putting his teeth on anyone. He's intelligent enough and will learn to not do that after a few immediate corrections. If he can mouth someone, he thinks he can show dominance. Stop that now.

Any corrections to bad behavior must be done within seconds of the behavior, or he will not associate the lesson with what he did. and be LOUD when correcting him.

Teach him a recall (to come when you call) immediately. This is the single most important command to learn, even before DOWN and SIT. Never ever ever correct or punish him when he responds to a recall command; you want this command to be absolute and him to have no hesitation at all to come running when you call.

don't rub his nose in his piss or shit, that's just stupid and he does not have a clue what you are trying to teach him. Catch him in the act, be loud, get him outside ASAP.

Positive reinforcement is key. when he pees or shits outside, praise him while he's doing it and immediately after. you'll feel silly doing it, but my Border Collies have all been housebroken at 6-8 weeks old within 2 days of me getting them.

He's got an intellect, let him use it. He can figure things out and learn stuff on his own easily.

Finally, get "Family Dog" by Wolters. Great book, great approach to raising a dog which is socially competent in the human world.

Congrats on the pup! Post a pic or two


FelicianaTigerfan
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
A close friend is selling 2 litters right now and im tempted to get one


Dorothy
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
Where are the pics? I came into this thread expecting cute puppy pics, and NOTHING!


Dr RC
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
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Potty training has been interesting so far. Will definitely try your methods on that, toys, and on biting.

For potty training do you give actual treats or just verbal praise/petting?




In my experience you should do all three. I feel like the petting is a big help when you ween him off of getting a treat every single time he goes out.

Make sure to have that treat w/you outside too. You can wait until you get inside to give it but that won't be as strong of a connection and might make him think he is getting it simply for coming back inside.


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braindeadboxer
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
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any advice


I highly recommend giving it food and water


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Clyde Tipton
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tigereye58
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
Awesome dogs. I taught mine to go get the paper. She loves just being by my side. Protective of my boys also. They are incredibly smart and I even think she's learning as she ages. Worst I can say about mine is she barks at thunder. Not loud noises but just thunder.


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FishinTygah84
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
we had one growing up and my uncle has one. He is on like his 6th one. everything said so far is pretty spot on. The biggest thing, IMHO, is they need to be worked. My uncle's dog rounds up my cousins little kids some times. haha. They always need a "job," some type of a task. If you are familiar with the D-I-S-C profile, they are a high DC which means they show dominance and are highly-compliant/ task oriented.


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Cobrasize
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
I have one and he's the smartest dog that I've ever owned. Very hyper and impossible to wear down. All you can do is try to keep them busy and working. The only negative with mine is the high pitched bark.
Here is a pic of my 3 year old Heeler and my 15 week old Cane Corso
Image: https://i.imgur.com/ldqkvhW.jpg


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ChenierauTigre
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
If you don't obedience train that dog you will live to regret it. Ask my dumbass son-in-law. Beautiful dog, extremely smart, but bad as a mofo. Needs room to run.

Good luck.

He is four years old and has had two surgeries from eating stuff that obstruct his intestines.
This post was edited on 6/2 at 6:23 pm


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bapple
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re: Just adopted a blue heeler pup - any advice?
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Teach him a recall (to come when you call) immediately. This is the single most important command to learn,


I learned this the hard way with my girlfriend's golden retriever. I met him after she had already owned him for a year. He was very hard headed, mouthed me a lot, was awful with recall, and was just a general shithead. After many hours and different methods of training he's finally a tame, well-behaved pup but I had some frustrating times chasing him down the street! Glad that shite is over now.


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