Animal Stories - Australian Cattle Dog

Animal-World Information about: Australian Cattle Dog

   The Australian Cattle Dog is an especially energetic, loyal dog suited for cattle herding and other organized activities. They have a wild appearance, but can make great friends.
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Ryan Fiorentino - 2015-06-20
Hi everyone, I just adopted a 3 yr old blue heeler named Jenkins! I am very very exited and have already taking to him very very much. I don't have the whole picture on Jenkins past or previous owners, but to my knowledge he hasn't ever had an owner. Also, he has spent his life escaping from shelters/fosters and has never really bonded with someone. He doesn't have a single ounce of aggression in his body or barely makes a noise! Now, I'm in the first week of adoption and looking for pointers on how to gain his trust in me and let him know he is safe and sound! Also, since he is afraid of cars, loud noises, other dogs and such, he doesn't feel comfortable going on walks. Do you think it would be best to grow his trust before we start going on walks/hikes? Keep in mind his track record of escaping and running away, but I feel bad keeping him inside all day! Thank you so much for ANY and ALL pieces of advice!

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  • Wayne - 2019-12-11
    Glad to see a good home for Jenkins!
    Lots of love..lots of affection..overly praise his successes and
    Be loving in your discipline...
    They are independent and have their own mind..give them that and
    Then gently insist on your way..
    Cattle dogs are cautious by nature,like a Dingo or a coyote..its a
    Survival time he will trust you..dont give up
    Itll be worth it..
    Truly they are the best dogs you'll ever loyal and courageous.
    Love will both find a best friend in each other.
    Hope that Buddy is turning 4 this march..Best Dog Ever!
    Good Luck!
Sue - 2016-09-16
I have a male blue heeler named Blu he is 8 months old. He is a good dog. He loves to play frisbee he jumps for the frisbee and catches it. He is kind of lazy and gets bored easily. Which leads to my problem. He is not good in the house. He will chew furniture, jump on things,bark and bite. We try to wear him out bike rides, frisbee, ball but he is not good once he gets in the house. I am wondering what other people do to correct this problem?

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  • Jess - 2016-10-01
    For the chewing, make sure you have things around the house he is allowed to chew on. If you catch him chewing something hes not allowed to (furniture, clothes, etc.) Grab him by the scruff, give it a little shake, say no, and redirect him to something he is allowed to chew (a toy, bone, whatever). Tell him hes good and lavish him with praise when he chews on thenproper stuff. Heelers have a very strong chewing habit, you wont break it, you just have to give him acceptable options.

    The barking is easily taken care of with a shock collar. I have a 20 dollar one from amazon, its called a zacro. Put it on in situations you dont desire barking, and it beeps loudly each time the dog barks. After 2 beeps, there is a beep and an electric shock. My ACD learned in about 5 minutes not to bark and now doesnt need the collar at all. She just kind of makes a coughing noise now because that doesnt set off the collar.

    ACDs dont wind down easily, so when you go from outside to the house, when youre done playing, try just walking around calmly and ignoring him before you go in to let him calm down a little.

    Hope this helps
jordan - 2016-03-30
i have a 2month old pure Queensland heeler name spike that needs a good home. I am not able to provide a warming home at this time due to being evicted because of having him. i received the puppy as a birthday present from my grandmother and i feel so bad that i cant provide for him.

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  • Dante - 2016-04-23
    Hi Jordan, do you still have the heeler up for adoption?
Anonymous - 2011-04-27
I adopted a puppy almost 3 months ago. Her mother was a blue heeler and the vet thinks her father to have been an australian shepherd. This dog is very sweet and loving and loves my family. I have two small children, ages 2 1/2 and 5 and she is great with them except when she sees them running and decides to run after them and "herd" and nip them. This dog is very bright and learns tricks very quickly. But she is extremely energetic. She must be crated while I work for about 4 1/2 hours a day. I exercise her for 30 min. 1 hour in the afternoon, which is all I can do. Before she gets her exercise she is digging my yard, grabbing things off counters and tables, and chewing anything she can get. I can't leave her unsupervised for more than a few minutes at a time. She has tons of chew toys and my older Golden Retriever to play with, but gets into constant trouble. When I crate her to keep her out of trouble for a few minutes she makes so much noise that she wakes up my children and drives everyone nuts. So my question is when-if ever-is this dog going to calm down? I don't think I can take a full year of this behavior and I already give her all the time I have to exercise her and train her. My husband is done with her and wants her to go. Should I find her a home in the country or wait it out and risk losing my sanity?
Thanks for any advice.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-27
    I have included an article on the Australian Cattle Dog for you to read. Just click on it. It doesn't sound like this pup will calm down. It is a herding dog and high energy. It is the nature of the dog. It is a hard decision to make but you have to look at what you believe to be best for the children, the pup and you and hubby.
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-04-30
    What a darling pup! You got a high energy breed topped with being still a puppy. Just like a litte 2 year old always on the go. Even as she gets older she'll still be an active dog, but I think that puppy behavior should calm down.
  • Ann - 2011-05-29
    Try teaching the pup how to chase a frisbee. I too have a high energy herding dog and just adopted a cattle dog. Frisbee really helps take the energy out of them. I believe they claim that playing frisbee for 20 minutes burns the about the same as an hour of walking. You can download a free book from Hyperflite that tells about getting your dog started playing frisbee.
  • lauren - 2011-07-05
    Find a dog trainer.
  • Bridget - 2012-12-12
    We have a Corgi/Blue Heeler mix who is very energetic. I have taken her on a 6 mile run, and 30 minutes later she is up wanting to play again. The quickest way to tire her out is to do mental tasks with her. She loves to play hide and seek with her toys. We also do lots of training with her, and will go lay down and sleep for several hours after a hard 15 minute training session. You have to understand the task-oriented mentality of the herding dog. As well, our dog is crated when we are gone (she is 1 year old, and eventually will have the run of the house), but when we first started crating her, we had a lot of issues with her anxiety. We used positive reinforcement with her to correct this issue. So we put her in the kennel, and used a clicker. Every time she calmed down, even if it was for a split second, we clicked and treated her. After 4 sessions, she learned that she was required to be quiet in her kennel. If your dog is very food motivated, clicker training and reward are a very effective method with very smart dogs like the heeler.
  • Any - 2015-08-29
    Never crate a blue heeler. They will get agressive, win never trust you and will never be trained. They need to work so give her a lot of attention, teach her tricks, praise her a lot when she does something good,and when you walk her, take a ball or a fresher and play. Blue heeler are the complete opposite of a golden retreiver.
  • carla - 2016-04-03
    I have a 8 month old male. I neutered him at 4 months. As soon as I could I took him to training it is very important this specific dog to know who is in charge . What I have read just running him is not enough what we did is get the Chuckit (got it at Pet Smart) and we go to the park and sprint him for about 30 min. a day and 15 min of training. It takes about 2 years before they are fully grown and I have a feeling that goes for maturity. I know someone that has a 9 year old and he is the best dog ever. Hang in there and I do understand the pain. Oh the pen is still a good way to calm them down we do it all the time and it works for us,but wait till she is calm before letting her out. Its kind of a time out that one do for kids. It works for some and not for others just try it out, if she gives you attitude correct her for that also. Good luck from one Healer owner to another :)
Michael Andrew - 2015-05-05
How much do you want?

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  • DavidC - 2015-11-30
    Anyone selling Aussie cattle/Shepard/Heeler puppie
  • Clare Britton - 2016-01-29
    As many happy good stories it takes! Re Cattle dogs. Best dog god put on this earth!!
Emilee Ritchie - 2015-07-30
Hi I'm emilee. I have a 2 year old ACD names lexi I have had her sence she was 2 months old she was supper sweet to people and dogs until she got about one 1/2 years old she is very dog aggressive now and people carful she bit one lady but the woman admitted it was her fault not my lexis so but whenever I take her to the vet or to get her nails done she pees and poos everywhere she only pees a lil when I bring new people to the house and when I say dog aggressive she almost killed my mom's small dog on more then on occasion I'm just hoping someone on here can help me

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  • Any - 2015-08-29
    We have Ruby for 8 years and a half. She is nine now. She bit my husband on the nose and another friend on the face (more a heavy nip than a bite).she hates to be dominated or punish her, it is better to whisper and it is easy to see she understands the message. We need to muzzle her to go to the vet. She has strictly no fear. It is impossible to wash her which does not matter since she is very clean anD does smell. Beside all that she is the best dog we everhad. Obedient, faithful, very smart and lovely with (just)us. I forgot, she hates all other animals beside our Amazon parrot.
Ann Mussinan - 2015-08-19
I have an Australian Shepherd and a Queensland Heeler Mix out of OK, USA. She was a purposely bred dog to herd cattle, be family friendly and very, very protective of her known land and home area. At 11 years old, she now has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Is this common with this mix breed? Also, what is the normal life age of this type of breed?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-08-21
    The average life-span for both theAustralian Cattle Dog and the Queensland Heeler is 12-15 years. And yes, congestive heart failure is a illness both breeds can be susceptible too.
Mandy - 2015-02-07
Hi everyone! I recently adopted an 8 week old Blue named Diesel! And the vet confirmed today that Diesel is 100% deaf in both ears. And although it is uncommon for blindness at an early age, it looks like Diesel may lose his sight before he is 2. My question is.. With him being so small and deaf, what is a good training program to start him on. I know some go by hand signals- but with his sight in question, I am looking for alternate training. Any help would be great!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-02-14
    Wow, what an interesting pup, but it sounds like you have a unique challenge. I don't know for sure, but wonder if you can use physical signals with touch, like tapping his nose or head to sit, or something?
  • Lyn - 2015-04-29
    My red heeler went blind in her senior years. I used touch with her and she learnt very quickly what the different signals meant. She also went deaf after going blind but lived a healthy life for another two years and we had no problems communicating.
Teesa Lilly - 2010-03-18
My red heeler's name is Zee. She is 10 and the best dog anyone could ever have. Today my Vet confirmed what I already knew.........she is going blind. My heart is breaking. I lost my father 3 months ago. My mother has altimzers. Six weeks ago she had to leave her home of 45 years to move into assisted living without my Dad to help her. Why does my Zee have to be going blind now? She has been my constant "rock" through all of this. I can't stand to see something happen to her, too. I'm sorry I sound like a cry baby, but I had to tell someone. Thank-You.

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  • Kristy - 2010-03-24
    Hi Teesa Lilly...I'm very sorry about your mother and the loss of your father ...and about Zee. My 10 year old dog Rebel a red-heeler is also going blind. He's still very happy though, and it seems that he really only has 1 eye he can see out of now. I'm just giving him lots of love... as always. I think it's harder on us than them since they already depend on us so much as it is. Hang in there you are not alone.
  • Kelly - 2010-06-27
    I have a red heeler and his name is Zip. He is my buddy and rock! The last couple of weeks I have noticed he was bumping into things when it was dark. At first I thought he was being a goof, but then when he did it again I knew something was wrong. So I searched on the internet and have learned this breed does go blind. He will be 8 in October. He can still see during the day but not at night. Did Zee first have night blindness and if so what is her progress on becoming completely blind? Sorry for all your bad news.
  • Angela - 2010-09-30
    I had a Red Heeler many years ago he had diabetes and went blind, just wanted to let you know he did great, he could still smell and hear and was a great companion even though he was I got him a lighted ball and for a long time he could see well enough to play with it. Good Luck to you and Zee!
  • rebecca pearson - 2010-10-23
    Hi my name is rebecca and I have a red heeler named cane, he just turned 6 and we just found out that he is going blind. He already is blind at night and in about 9 mths he will be totally blind. I have realixed that I am the one that will need to adjust and he will be fine. But it has just broken my heart he came into my life after my 4yr old son thomas died, and then when cane turned one I gave birth to my son quinten so they share the same birthday. Thanks for listening.
  • jack - 2015-01-19
    We had a red heeler named Rusty who was blind in one eye when we adopted him at 7 then went deaf and at 10. I can't tell you the why but he still had three more years with us. It was worth the extra care and effort. We are grateful for the time we had with him. And have been blessed with a blue heeler named sue. I'm sorry to hear about zee and your parents. Will say a prayer for you.