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A breed that is very agile, Aussies constantly enjoy both physical and mental stimulation. Intellectually, ideal for learning and excelling in competitive sports such as Obedience and Agility, working with livestock on a farm, or providing companionship to a loving family, each dog is devoted to their human companions and enjoys spending time with all members of a family. Whether actively engaged in play or rest, Aussies are very protective of their owners as well as their territory. They want to be wherever you are, whenever possible. Used indoors or outdoors, Aussies make excellent watchdogs and are inclined to bark when an intruder is nearby.
Ideal for people living in rural and farmland environments, Aussies are highly energetic dogs and actively engage in the freedom that wide open places provide. While apartment dwellers can own this breed, it is imperative that Aussie owners make sure their dogs receive two to three hours of playful exercise daily. Otherwise, the dog can become easily bored and lonely and possibly creating a disturbance, or causing damage. The use of dog parks, outdoor runs with your dog, and doggie treadmills can help enormously with the Aussie's required daily exercise.
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