Australian Shepherd Grooming: How to Care for Your Dog’s Coat

The following are some of the most common questions asked by dog owners when it comes to choosing a new breed of dog. These questions have been answered by experts in their respective fields. Please feel free to ask any other question you may have!

Q: What kind of food do I feed my new puppy?

A: Puppies need a varied diet consisting mainly of meaty foods such as chicken, turkey or fish. They also require fresh vegetables and fruits. If your puppy is a male, he will probably like meatier foods than females. You can start feeding him meaty foods right away; however, you must make sure that the type of food does not contain too much fat (i.e., high in saturated fats). For puppies under one year old, they usually prefer a mix of dry kibble and canned food with water. Feeding them dry kibble is fine if you want to keep the puppy small. However, if you plan to get a larger dog, then you might consider switching to wet food. Wet food contains less calories and fat than dry kibble.

Q: Will my puppy grow up big and strong?

A: No! Puppies are born with tiny bodies and very weak bones. Their growth rate is slow compared to adults, so it takes several years for them to reach adult size. However, during their first year of life, their bones are still soft and fragile, so they need to be provided with a steady source of calcium. This is because when their bones form, they are not yet strong enough to support the puppy’s weight. That is why young dogs have a tendency to break their bones as compared to adults; it is just a matter of time before their bodies “fill out.” Q: My new male dog has begun lifting its leg and marking territory.

What should I do?

A: Male dogs reach sexual maturity around 6 to 9 months of age. During this time, they have a strong desire to mark their territory. This is known as “gelling.” There are several ways to curb this behavior. For instance, you can purchase pheromone sprays from your local pet supply store. These products contain chemicals that act asa signal to other canines to not mark their territory. Additionally, you can change your dog’s diet. Certain types of food have chemicals that inhibit a male dog’s desire tomark territory.

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Hi! I have a 1 and a half year old Border Collie who weights about 40kg.

He will be rough housing with my other dog, and they sometimes get a little too excited and start biting at each others neck.

Is there anything I can do to prevent this?



Bite inhibition should help your dogs learn how much pressure is too much when they are playing. You can try playing the “bite game” with your dogs; this is when you let the dogs play tug, but every time they bite down, you yelp really loudly like you’ve been hurt.

Eventually, the dogs learn that biting = no fun and will stop biting so hard.

Interesting question. I’ve never seen that, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t normal.

It could be a medical condition or it could just be something they like doing. My dogs will sometimes do stuff like that for fun, but it’s rare and they don’t do much damage when they do it. It also helps that they’re nowhere near as heavy as a Border Collie!

I have a 2yr old female border collie. She is a lovable and well behaved dog, but recently she has developed a habit of licking the base of her tail until it bleeds.

What can I do to stop this?


A few options come to mind…

The first is you could trim the hair around the base of her tail so she’s not able to get to the skin.

Sources & references used in this article:

Australian Shepherd: How to Select, Train and Raise a Healthy and Happy Australian Shepherd by A Silas – 2014 –

Dogs: The Ultimate Care Guide: Good Health, Loving Care, Maximum Longevity by M Hoffman – 2000 –

German Shepherd Boxer Mix–A Guide To Their Personality and Needs by AN Mix –

Physical and Mechanical Properties of Chiengora Fibers. by S Greer, P Banks-Lee, M Jones – AATCC review, 2007 –

ASPCA complete dog care manual by B Fogle – 1993 –

Dogs for dummies by S Samms – 2011 – i5 Publishing