I am an animal person. I love animals and if I had to choose between dogs or cats, I don’t know that I could. Now if you asked me to choose between MY dog and a random cat then obviously I’d choose My dog. I love my dog, and I put much thought and study in before I got him. I knew I wanted a specific type of dog for a specific purpose. I wanted a handsome, herding dog. I wanted a male, and I wanted him to be bright, strong willed, yet fairly easy to train. I also needed him to be family friendly, and able to be an outdoor dog. At the time we were renting, and the landlord said I could have a dog, if it was kept outside.
I had some experience with Australian cattle dogs (red/blue heelers) as I had one when I was younger. Mostly, I learned what NOT to do, unfortunately. Back then I thought I knew what I was doing, I wanted a dog and my parents got me one for my 14th birthday. This was a bad decision on all our parts. We knew nothing of herding dogs, and how to properly train them. If we had gotten a lab or a retriever we probably wouldn’t have had the issues we did. The issues I had with my dog were nearly entirely my own fault, because I wasn’t training him the way a herding dog should be trained. I was training him the way I had learned, and that way works for most pet breeds but is not ideal for working/herding breeds. I got in way over my head and unfortunately had to get rid of the dog after just 1 year because he was becoming to aggressive with the kids. I feel bad that I wasn’t able to help that dog back then and in some ways he is the reason I wanted a heeler. I wanted a second chance.
I got my current dog, Obilio, nearly 3 years ago now. He is a border collie/blue heeler mix. He is exactly what I was looking for. He is handsome, bright, strong willed, and he was fairly easy to train with a few hiccups here and there. He is friendly to our family and is primarily an outdoor dog. When my sister Bekah picked her dog she didn’t put a whole lot of study or thought into it. She knew where the pup was coming from, she knew it was a herding dog. She had experience with helping me train Obilio so, she wasn’t to concerned about it. That worked out fine because we are familiar with Australian Shepherds since my cousin breeds them. Bekah’s dog Enoch, is from my cousins dog liter from last year. All this to say it’s important to know what you want in a dog and what kind of dog your getting BEFORE you go and bring the dog home. Here are 4 things to consider before getting a dog.