Meet Austin in the daylight and then with a bit of dramatic lighting.
If choosing an Australian Shepherd, or any breed that was originally bred to herd, hunt, or otherwise work, you should have a VERY active lifestyle that includes the dog. To do otherwise, will mean your dog will be bored and become destructive as it tries to entertain itself. Many dogs, such as these, also require a lot of mental stimulation due to their high intelligence. Leaving a dog to exercise itself in a backyard is no exercise at all. Unlike humans, they do not do laps, they just get bored. And, like humans, without proper exercise they become obese.
This guy may look tired or bored but he gets no less than three (3) walks every single day of the year, without fail and regardless of the weather. Some days he and the others get more than 3 walks. Walking doesn’t mean on a leash either, which is totally inadequate for a medium to large breed. Walking means, the human walks while the dog runs, romps, and plays. But then you knew that, right? I admire anyone who, not only gives their dog the daily exercise it requires but, also involves the dog in dog sports (rally, flyball, dock jumping, agility, etc.), herding, tracking, or hunting. Doggy daycare is a great idea for people who have to leave a dog at home while they work — the dog gets to socialize, stimulate it’s brain, plus get some much-needed exercise.
Having a dog is a huge commitment in time and daily care. Anyone who has a dog in the family knows how they so willingly give love to their humans. They’re always thrilled when you come home!