Nothing will impact your dog's life as much as the type and depth of his training. An intelligent dog who has no interaction with his family because of bad manners lives a sad, solitary life. He is isolated from his "pack" and doesn't understand why he can't be with them. He may resort to passing his time by chewing, barking, destroying his yard, or by running away from home. That same dog with his energy properly channeled in the form of a "job" is a joy to live with. He is well mannered, and is an integral part of the human family. He is happy and vibrant, yet obedient and well adjusted. He is always willing to perform his task whether it be guarding the home, herding livestock, or fetching a ball. The difference in the way this dog's life turns out is training.


Training your dog does not have to be the daunting task many people think it is. A small amount of time each day can prove to be a very rewarding investment for both you and your dog. With young pups, it is important to remember that they have a very short attention span. Start out with simple tasks like "sit" and "come", and do not repeat the process so many times that the pup loses interest.  Always use lots of positive reinforcement. Sometimes you can squeeze a lesson into regular daily activities. Try hanging a bell on a string from the doorknob of the door your pup uses to go outside. Each time you take your pup to the restroom, ring that bell. Before long, your pup will be ringing the bell on his own to let you know when he's ready to go outside.


When starting an older pup or dog, remember that each is an individual and has a different manner and speed of learning. As with a youngster, start small and reward often. When dealing with a particularly hyper or unruly dog, we use either a pinch collar or an electric collar. Of course, it is important that the handler knows how to properly use these tools so that the dog remains as comfortable as possible. Scare tactics do not typically work, but a correction suited to the dog's individual sensitivity level can be very helpful indeed. Once a dog has an idea of what is expected of him, he is usually willing to expand his education.


When basic obedience is achieved, we are generally ready to start training the dog for his "job".  Again, dogs are individuals and will be suited for different tasks. However, given the Aussie's willing nature and intelligence, he will likely excel at any task he is taught. Because we breed for working dogs, we begin with blood trailing training. The dogs learn to work a trail and perfect skills off the leash. Typically, dogs have a very solid command of "off leash" work before they are allowed to work with our goats. It is this training for a particular job or skill that is most rewarding for dog and handler. With Aussies, the sky is the limit. As long as you have a little time every day to devote, don't be afraid to dream big and really challenge your dog!


Circle C Aussies sells each pup with an unprecedented "Training Clause" written into our contract. If at any time you find yourself overwhelmed with the training process, we will gladly offer our help at no additional charge. Either dog and owner may come to the ranch for lessons, or the dog may stay with us for a more in depth training experience. Of course, this training guarantee applies to basic obedience only, and charges do apply for advanced blood trailing work. Consultations are free of charge, and we are always available by phone to answer any training questions you may run into with your dog. We offer this service in order to improve the bond between our Circle C Aussies and their new owners. It is our wish that any dog bred by us

lives a long, happy, fulfilling life and this is our way of helping to ensure this.