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Incredibly Handy Tips on Training a Blue Heeler

Blue Heeler Training Tips
Blue Heeler or Australian Cattle Dog are a popular choice of breed, especially with those who have livestock and acres of land to guard. To perform their duties as a good herding dog he needs to be trained well.
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Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018
Blue Heelers are also commonly referred to as Australian cattle dogs. They are extremely popular for physical activities, high energy, intelligence, cautiousness and wilfulness. They need a skillful owner to handle their high level of activities.

The Blue Heelers are medium in size, weigh not more anywhere around 33-35 lbs. They have bluish speckles all over the body. The come in colors viz blue, blue speckled, blue mottled, red speckled, and red speckled.
Tips for Training a Blue Heeler

Training a Blue Heeler is almost the same job as of training any other dog. Just that, you'll need to channel his enormous energy and wilfulness, might take some more time to puzzle out who is training whom. Remember that knowing your dog well is the key to successfully train him.

Know the Blue Heeler's requirements, for instance, when he needs to go to the bathroom. Take the charge as a dog trainer confidently, and have a good attitude. Do keep their temperament in mind.
Physical activities of Blue Heelers are very important as they have a lot of energy and endurance. Get him used to his name, so that you can call his name and he'll understand that he is being told something. You can clap or whistle while calling him by his name to help him understand.
Training to Follow Commands
Basic Obedience Training
Blue Heelers are intelligent and perform very well in obedience rings and agility classes.
If you want your Blue Heeler to sit, say 'his name followed by sit' in a bit higher, clear voice, and demanding tone. While you say this, hold him and gently push his butt downwards. He'll need a little practice till he gets the hang of this command. Be patient and keep practicing.
Teach your Blue Heeler the 'down' command. Hold a treat in your hand and make him sit. Then place it in front of him and say 'down'. Guide him downward towards the floor after saying 'down'.
Curbing the Nipping Habit
While training a Blue Heeler you have to work with his natural instinct of a herding dog. The name 'Heeler' comes from the dog's habit of nipping at cattle's, sometimes even people's heels, while herding them. Sometimes they might even nip at other pets, people, especially children. Training your Blue Heeler dog not to nip might be challenging.
Children must be aware of this characteristic of the cattle dog. Once you teach your Heeler the basic dog obedience courses like sit, stand, down, leave it, and give me commands, these will be useful to you while you curtail his desire to nip.
No means No
Reward the dog with treats, praises, and pats to encourage a desired behavior. This will teach him and help him understand that he has done something right. At the same time teach him the word 'no', so that he stops doing whatever wrong he's doing, immediately. Never beat a dog, this will ruin your relationship with your pet.
Training a Blue Heeler puppy is easier than training a grown up Heeler. Make the training interesting and simple.
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