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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

I OFTEN GET ASKED QUESTIONS AND THOUGHT I WOULD
SHARE WHAT I KNOW:

WHAT I HAVE FOUND OVER THE YEARS OF LIVING AND
BREATHING AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS  IS:

MALES: ARE MORE PLAYFUL AND EAGER TO DO WHATEVER
THEIR FAMILY'S WANT TO DO.
FEMALES:ARE MORE PROTECTIVE AND WARY OF STRANGERS.
THEY TOO ARE PLAYFUL BUT THE MALES MORE SO.

2. GROOMING: WHAT KIND OF GROOMING IS REQUIRED
WITH AN AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD?

EVEN THOUGH AUSSIES HAVE LONG HAIR, THEY DO NOT SHED
MORE THAN A SHORTHAIRED DOG.  I ACTUALLY SEE THEM SHED
LESS.  THEY DO NEED A GOOD BRUSHING ONCE A WEEK AND IF
YOUR AUSSIE IS RUNNING IN WOODS, I TRIM MINE IN THE
SUMMER TO KEEP THE STICKERS FROM GETTING INTO THEIR
COATS.  i TRIM OFF THE FRINGE ON THE LEGS AND TRIM THE
COAT TO ABOUT BELLY AREA.

3.  HOW DO I KEEP MY AUSSIE FROM BECOMING
AGGRESSIVE?

AS A HERDING DOG, AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS ARE VERY
INTUNED TO THEIR FAMILIES AND PROTECTIVE AS IF IT WERE
THEIR HERD. THEY ARE NATURALLY WARY OF STRANGERS.  
SOME BLOODLINES ARE MORE SO THUS YOU DEFINATELY NEED
TO MEET THE PARENTS.  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU SOCIALIZE
YOUR AUSSIE TO TEACH HIM TO BE KIND, FRIENDLY AND
RESPECTFUL.  TO DO THIS YOU NEED TO START YOUR PUPPY
RIGHT OUT MEETING PEOPLE AND OTHER DOGS,  DON'T LOCK
YOUR DOG AWAY WHEN FRIENDS COME OVER.  HAVE HIM MEET
THEM AND PARTICIPATE BEING SOCIAL.  IF HE IS
RAMBUNCTIOUS OR LIKES TO JUMP, HAVE HIM ON A LEASH
WHEN FRIENDS COME VISIT.  HAVE A BOX OF TREATS BY THE
DOOR AND ASK YOUR FRIENDS TO PET AND TREAT YOUR DOG SO
THEY LEARN THAT VISITORS ARE FRIENDS.  THIS WILL NOT
DISCOURAGE THEM FROM BECOMING AGGRESSIVE WITH
INTRUDERS.  THEY SENSE YOUR FEAR.  THEY WILL KNOW THE
DIFFERENCE.  THEY ARE VERY INTELLIGENT.  YOU WILL BE
SURPRISED HOW MUCH THEY KNOW.
CHEROKEEWIND TREATS
I MAKE MY OWN DOG TREATS SO I KNOW JUST WHAT IS IN
THEM AND KNOW THEY ARE WHOLESOME FOR MY DOGS.  
HERE IS THE EASY RECIPE:
2 CUPS WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR
1/2 CUP CORN MEAL
2 EGGS
1/4 CUP HONEY
1/4 CUP MOLASSES
THE FOLLOWING, GRIND ALL OF THIS TOGETHER AFTER
COOKING AND ADD TO FLOUR MIXTURE

2 CUPS OF ANY KIND OF MEAT (IF I HAVE MEAT THAT GETS
FROSTY OR OLD IN THE FREEZER , I USE THAT).
SOMETIMES I HAVE PEPPERONI ON HAND AND CHOP A BIT
OF THAT INTO THE MIX

1 SMALL CAN OF PUMPKIN OR 1 CUP SQUASH

NOW FROM HERE I ADD WHATEVER I HAVE:
1 CUP FRUIT LIKE APPLES, BLUEBERRIES OR CRANBERRIES
1 CUP PEAS, CARROTS, MIXED VEGES OR WHATEVER.

I POUR THIS INTO GREASED COOKIE SHEETS AND BAKE
FOR 2 1/2 HOURS ON 275 DEGREES.  CUT INTO PIECES.  I
KEEP MINE IN THE FREEZER AS THEY LIKE THE CRUNCHY
TREATS.  MAKES A BUNCH!
YUM!

CAUTION : DO NOT USE CHOCOLATE, RAISINS OR GRAPES
AS THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS TO YOU PETS.
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