Blue heeler were bred to herd sheep, so proper care for this dog should include firm obedience to discourage nipping and disobedience. Use positive reinforcement and friendly methods of training blue heelers with advice from a certified dog trainer in this free video on pet care and obedience.
Hi, I'm Nancy Frensley, and I'm the training manager at the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society in Berkeley, California. We're going to talk about Blue Heelers today, how to care for them. The Blue Heeler is the same thing, pretty much, as the Australian Cattle Dog, and where you find most of them is in New Zealand on the working sheep ranches, or sheep stations, as they call them. These dogs are a rough and tumble dog. They are tough. They're designed to run miles and miles and miles everyday, around sheep, on top of sheep, over sheep, and they want to be in control. Any dog that's designed by breeding to control a large group of livestock is going to want to control other things when they don't have that livestock to control. So, the things that you're going to have to watch out for behaviorally with your Blue Heeler is, they have to really answer to you. You have to put very good, firm obedience training on them, using positive and friendly methods, of course, in order to get them to answer to you. They will want to be 'nippy'. They'll want to round up your children, and all the neighborhood children as well. And they can nip ankles and heels, which is their tendency to do. One of the main calls I get as a behaviorist about Blue Heelers or Australian Cattle Dogs is that they are nipping at kid's heels. So, that's a boundary you'll need to put on them to make them a good pet. Otherwise, give them good exercise, take them hiking on a regular basis, and you'll have a long, happy life with your Blue Heeler.