Are Australian Shepherds high maintenance?

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You are searching for your question about Australian Shepherds maintenance before buying them. Here you will find your answer.

Australian Shepherds are high-maintenance dog breeds just because they have high energy levels and grooming to maintain them would be costly for you or time-consuming but don’t worry if you maintain them by yourself we will guide you. 

5 steps to maintain your Australian Shepherds easily

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Brushing

You can do it by yourself if you have a decent brush. Brushing them is fairly easy just like we humans don’t brush too hard which causes shedding also don’t brush your dog immediately when it comes from the shower and their hair is completely wet . Brushing in wet hair causes hair fall. After showering dry them with a towel or air dry them. You can also blow dry them but make sure that the blow dryer is set at a normal temperature not too hot

Shower

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Showering them at least once a week and after shower brushing them properly makes your life easy to maintain them. How often you shower them is totally depending on where you live and how long they would be outside and how dirty it is. On average you need to shower them somewhere between 3 to 4 weeks or if your dog mostly spent time inside then you need to shower them every 2 to 3 months.

Haircut

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Giving them a haircut is fairly easy and dangerous also. If you are living in a cooled place then you need to trim them less and keep the fur because their natural fur will keep them warm in cold temperatures. You can trim them with a beard trimmer or scissors but be careful that you don’t cut them too short and also do not injure them. More like their natural fur is looking good on them and after brushing it really stands out.

Food 

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Just like we said early they are high-energy dog breeds. They need good quality food to maintain their energy level.

Here are the top 5 best and healthy foods for your Australian Shepherd:

 

  • Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula for Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice 
  • Nutro Ultra Adult Dry Dog Food
  • American Journey Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
  • Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch Grain-Free Natural Dry Dog Food
  • CANIDAE Grain-Free PURE Real Duck and Sweet Potato Recipe Dry Dog Food

Exercise

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Australian Shepherds need 1 hour of exercise on a daily basis to maintain their energy level. Socialising also plays an important role, it keeps them from aggressiveness and the best way to socialize them is to take them outside to the park where they run around, meet new people and make some new dog friends. You can play Frisbee with them in which they perform an activity of running. You can learn the commands by just repeating those commands again and again. They are a very intelligent dog breed. They pick those commands very easily like “sit”, “jump” ,“come here” etc.

Summary 

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Australian Shepherds are a high-maintenance dog breed however you can do it by yourself by just brushing them. Give them a shower every 3 to 4 weeks if your dog spent most of the time outside or if your dog spent more time indoors then you need to shower them every 2 to 3 months. You can cut their hair by yourself with a breed trimmer or scissors and do not cut their hair too much because it will protect them in cold environments. They need at least 1 hour of exercise on a daily basis which will help them to maintain their energy level. Good food is also a necessary thing for them. In the above food paragraph, we mention the 5 best foods for Australian Shepherds. You can teach them commands by just repeating those commands consistently like “sit”, “jump”, and “come here”.

Buying guide:

  • Keep in mind that the dog you want to buy is fairly trained otherwise training them will be frustrating for you.
  • Consult with the doctor that the dog you want to buy is healthy. 
  • A good and healthy Australian Shepherd will cost you $900.