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Each of us, including the dog, has a natural birth given drive. We know folks who are so easy going that we can hardly hold a conversation with them without looking at our watches every few minutes. Others seem to be so wound up that they have trouble standing still long enough to hear us out. And on this note we ask that you look over the three key variables that follow, and choose the level that you would prefer in your next dog.

•LAID-BACK … Is not easily excited about things going on around it. Going for walks is fine with a little coaxing but if you go get the ball, Frisbee, or rope, it will sit back and watch you play. An excellent choice for a quiet environment where its second most favorite past-time is eating. Not the choice where interaction with the ‘kids’ will be an expected part of its life.

•MID-ACTIVE … Logically the most requested level. A mid-active Aussie may take a bit longer to adjust to a home schedule where it must eventually be on its own eight plus hours a day, but when you are ready to head out for your morning run or walk around the park, the kid is ready. This is the right level when there are children with similar energies. It is an “I’m ready when you are” Aussie who can be patient in one situation, laying on its bed at your office or at your feet in the evening, or found waiting by the door when it thinks you just might be willing to take it BYE-BYE one more time.

ACTIVE … The type of energy one wants in their CEO’s, that CEO’s prefer in their management staff, optimum in Triathlon competition, and in Aussies who are to join an active family. These Aussies are for those folks who may be considering competition obedience, Agility trials and/or the conformation ring as well as walking or running miles instead of blocks.

An Aussie who is ready to go on a word. In the end an Aussie with energy that never seems to wane yet is not hyperactive.

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