Out Behind The Shed

An Addition to the Family

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Our Newest Baby (2 years ago)


Meet Montana Cowgirl Josee, our newest member to the family as of yesterday. She’s an 8 week old Blue Heeler. She is already showing the signs of a great dog as most Blue Heelers are. We had a storm last night with lightning & not too loud of thunder & she faired pretty well. Yes, she whined somewhat as to be expected, but not from the noise of the thunder.

She knew what her bed was only after showing her 2 times. This morning she whined to go off the porch to use the potty. This dog has never been potty trained.

When we went to see the puppies yesterday, she was the first to come up to us. I had seen pictures of her and her siblings. I actually had come with intentions of getting another girl that had a lot of the spots resembling a Blue Heeler. But needless to say, she won us over. She was the friendliest, happiest, playful, and answered when we called to them. She knew she wanted us I believe as soon as she saw us.

This is something I truly believe in. Them picking us. We often think that they need us, but more than often, in the end, it was us needing them.

Leslie Zpt.

Update: Cowgirl passed away spring of 2018.


The Working Australian Cattle Dog

These dogs were developed by crossing smooth-coated blue merle Scottish highland collies to selected dingoes in the 1840’s; a drover named Thomas Hall developed a cattle dog that combined the hardiness of the dingo type, and the herding abilities of the highland collie. This cross-reinforced the healing instinct of the collie and eliminated their tendency to bark at the head.

The Australian Cattle Dog is an independent thinker and once trained, is capable of carrying out routine tasks without supervision. They are highly intelligent, making them self directed workers capable of complex problem-solving. They are adept at picking out and punishing troublemakers, while at the same time they can be gentle with calves, lambs or ducks. It is this rating ability that makes the Australian cattle dog versatile enough for different classes of cattle as well as trial or farm work with sheep, hogs, and fowl.


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The Australian Cattle Dog can be trained to perform various functions on the farm or ranch. They possess high trainability coupled with a strong desire to please. Most Cattle Dogs can perform routine jobs after just a few exposures. A well trained Cattle Dog can replace two to three good men on horseback.

Heelers are just so smart and eager to have a job to do. No matter whether you desire to train them to round up cattle, to retrieve frisbees or to sit patiently waiting for you, you will find training a Heeler to be pure delight.

 

Horkan, Annie. “Train A Blue Heeler To Herd Cattle.” Blue Heeler Dog. N.p., 1 July 2014. Web. 03 May 2016.
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