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Heather - 2010-12-29
We are trying to name our second blue heeler...our first one was a female called Buffy, she was 14 when she left us...and a fat little one at that. Our new one is a boy...he is so cute. They are the best dogs...

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  • mel - 2011-02-11
    We named our blue heeler Toby, actually my kids named him that. He's about 2 yrs and just adopted him out of a dog pound. Pretty sad that such a pretty dog like this is in a dog pound.
  • Tommy - 2011-11-09
    Name her or him spot, or blue.
  • Terri G - 2011-12-30
    Rudder is a good name for a boy, because of the job they do. You might also want to consider Tiller, but the meaning of this is twofold (you might not want him digging in your yard!)
  • Anonymous - 2012-01-27
    We named ours Petey...
  • Lisa DeForest - 2012-02-24
    I have a australian shepherd and blue heeler and his name is Rilie jo. I know for instance he is a one person dog, because he chose me to protect.
    He is a silly smart playful and he loves pop bottles stickes empty paper towel rolls and he is a bed hog. But well natured.
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Linda Wyatt - 2012-01-22
I have a rescued red heeler mix we found in a garbage bag with a rope tied around his neck and a rope tied around the bag. He was a puppy, and he has been neutered and has all shots and is healthy. He will snap for no apparent reason and attack another dog. All my dogs are rescues, neutere or spayed with all shots up to date. I had to take a little chihuahua rat terrier mix that came up to our house to a no kill shelter, because Champ tried to kill him. What can I do to help this situation. We love Champ and he loves us.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    This little fella had a rough start and hate to hear these kind of things. Some folks are just cruel. The Heeler/Cattle Dog mix is an independent breed and they don't really do well with other dogs. Some will become agressive with other dogs or with people they don't know. They also are usually a one person dog. It is also a herding animal or a working dog and they do snap/growl/circle or whatever to keep the HERD in line. It is their nature. I would consult a behaviorist or a trainor as you would be trying to stop a natural behavior that is a part of this pup. Genetics for centuries. You see Chihauhau and Champ sees stranger/threat. I wouldn't know of anything else to do accept consult a behaviorist/trainer or allow Champ to be an enviornment where his genetics and protective behaviors are a plus.
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dlady - 2011-08-15
I have a red heeler/husky mix. He's a little over a year. But He is a great dog to have. Before getting him when he was 3 months old I was so scared of dogs. But he's like my best friend now. He follows me around all day, and when I give my kids or my husband hugs he's right there trying to get a hug or rub to (it's so funny). But he loves to chew bones and his toys (I got him a new toy the other day and he destroyed it within 5 hours. My husband walks/runs him in the morning and I walk him in the evenings. He likes to play fetch on the stairs ( I throw his toy over the top of the stairs and he runs down and brings it back, he does it like 10-15 times before he gets tired). He loves people and thinks that when we have company they are supposed to rub and love him too.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-16
    My compliments to you for getting a pup when you were afraid of dogs. So many are afraid of things and don't ever get the enjoyment because of fear. You overcame yours. Hats off to you
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TDS - 2011-01-22
I could use some help with an emerging problem with my 9 month old blue heeler mix. Scrabbles is a rescue dog I have had for 4 months. She was fearful of everything when I first got her, especially men. Once she learned to return to me when called, I began to take her to the park every day and let her run about or chase a ball for about an hour. She is great with dogs and is growing increasingly comfortable with people, letting them pet her on occasion without pulling away. Kids have been at the park before but she usually avoids them or barks once or twice then goes the opposite
direction. Recently she has been getting more vocal with the barking and I
usually call her away to another part of the park. Then one day, shortly
after I let her off the leash, she suddenly began chasing a little boy,
circling him, and barking ferociously. I gather from the circling that she
was attempting to herd him but it was uncomfortably aggressive and she
attempted to nip him when she was close. The boy, thankfully, was
remarkably calm. I eventually leashed Scrabbles and he offered to walk her so I let him walk next to me while I walked her. Scrabbles seemed ok but after a couple of minutes stopped walking straight ahead and headed toward the boy again and not in a friendly way. So I just took her home. What can we do to reverse this emerging pattern of behavior, especially if I don't have or know kids who can interact with her? Is her behavior leading to biting a child?

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Gary - 2010-10-29
Have you ever seen the fabled mix of Great Pyrenees and Smooth Haired Collie?

Very rare. But the smartest, most mischievous and outstandingly unique combinations of herding/explorer dogs (with unique brown diamonds around the eyes and a body nearly that of the normally pointy-faced Short-Haired Collie).

Any gimmicky combo-names come to mind?

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Susan Mays - 2010-10-27
When you mean trained, do you mean house trained, he doesn't jump on people when they come to visit, he walks without pulling on a leash, and he likes to be groomed, can be taken to a dog park and run and play with other dogs?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-10-30
    Dogs need some training and house training is the one area that is most important for pet owners. For well tempered dogs kept as pets, that is often all that is needed. It sounds like your dog easily adapted to the leash, and is well behaved. Yet there are a variety of other types of training, like teaching him to heel, to poise in a show position, and so forth, depending on what you want to do with him.
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justin - 2010-07-10
Look up:I hate Shelties. People say that cockers are better! All cockers must LEAVE this planet! Shelties rule, cockers druel!

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  • Some Chum - 2010-07-13
    That is so mean justin! Why would you hate shelties?
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Anonymous - 2010-05-31
I love shelties. I have 1 medium sized dog.I am so happy I have one. It is May 31, 2010, and I got my Shetland Sheepdog on October 24, 2009. I'm loving him.{If you like shelties, you will be horrified. Someone wrote selties instead of shelties.

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  • brandon - 2010-07-10
    I'm horrified! Why would some one write selties! It sounds like some one hates Shetland Sheepdogs! It sounds like your selling them! Sell-ties! How terrible!
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Kimberly - 2010-01-17
I have one shetland sheepdog and he is very loyal. My sheltie isn't always perfect,
but he is very calm. My sheltie is 7 and he is very cute.His name is Murphy.


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  • Anonymous - 2010-04-18
    I love Shelties. They're so cool and loving. Best dog ever. Buying a dog...."A Sheltie!"
  • ????? - 2010-05-31
    Cool. I'd like to see him.I'm sooooo jealous.{In a good way.} Tell Murphy I said hi.
  • Kristy - 2010-07-10
    I am so jealous{In a good way.}! I can't believe you have a Sheltie Kimberly! You are the most luckiest person EVER!
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Anonymous - 2010-07-04
I just adopted a Blue Heeler/Husky mix. I live in an apartment and she does just fine. I provide two long walks a day and she has toys. She is a VERY good girl. Doesn't chew up anything...is content to rest around the apt until she is walked. All around a fabulous dog. My first dog in 20 years!

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