I had a beautiful female blue merle like your Roxie ( she was the only normal pup from a litter of lethal whites* - incredible! ) and after her I had a male red merle like your Amos who was the largest Aussie I have ever known at 88 lbs. Those were the most personally loyal and sensitive dogs I ever had. I have been told by some vets and breeders that Aussies tend to be extremely attached to a single individual. A "one person dog". That was the case with mine. Now I have a very large male lab ( see avatar ) who is everybody's friend and a lab/dachshund mix ( one of them must have had an apple crate handy, I reckon ) who is sweet as sugar but an abject coward. I've loved 'em all!
Untrained dogs are generally easy. Abused animals though, they get rough...and yes, tying em outside without attention is abuse for a dogI don't know the people behind me very well but they have a pit bull. There is a stockade fence between us. Whenever I'm trimming along the fence he is there on the other side following along. He does get agitated sometimes and growls and bangs into the fence which is not too sturdy. They leave him out sometimes when they are out. I may have to start trimming with my 12ga slung over my shoulder. LOL.
100% agreed...spend time with them regardless training and they get your backI have never owned a dog that would not (try to) protect me if they thought I was in danger. I never taught any of them that trait, I believe it was because they knew I would protect them the same way. Friendship works both ways.
It is interesting how you describe raising troubled dogs. My experience is with troubled kids, and the methods are the same. Love and consistency. I hear from young people how something I said years ago still influences their life, and how my rock solid consistency was the anchor they could count on. You are correct, it is not a special gift, it is the quality you possess naturally. Our grand daughters and their father just moved out after 6 years of being under our roof, and I believe what they experienced here will be a solid foundation for their lives.Our family has worked with multiple adoption agencies in fostering dogs over the years and have fostered dogs until we lost count (>100+). We haven't done many of late as our Amos is getting old enough that he has a hard time handling the youngster's antics and it stresses him out.
We seem to have had a significant number of dogs that have either been abused or have had such difficulty in life that they were emotional wrecks. What is interesting is that we were able to get them to become normal dogs (except one where we were only able to help a lot but not get her completely normal). For every one of the dogs it was simply consistency and love. We have resolved food aggression, fear of raised hands, fear of men, of women, etc. We don't feel we have any special knowledge and definitely aren't perfect about it, but the dogs just seem to open up and relax. Our three dogs have been helpers in that (Aussies are great teachers to other dogs) and will show them what a dog is supposed to do and relieve their fears. We have only had a common food bowl for all of them without problems. I have seen some very messed up dogs get fully straightened out.
Love this, dogs like children are really a product of their environment when it comes to behavior! This is definitely a truth.We seem to have had a significant number of dogs that have either been abused or have had such difficulty in life that they were emotional wrecks. What is interesting is that we were able to get them to become normal dogs (except one where we were only able to help a lot but not get her completely normal). .
That's what I like to see. Dogs doing what they were domesticated to do. It runs in their blood and they're happier. A herding dog that doesn't have a flock, a bird dog that doesn't have a bird or tracking dog that doesn't have a scent to follow is a sad dog. Just about every pure breed of dog was bred for a task.[We] rely on the dog for early warning.