Whenever the subject of Blue heeler training comes up my reply is pretty much always the same “You must get started and you have to stay on top of it”.
Australian cattle dogs are very intelligent but they are strong willed. They really believe that they should be the boss and in charge of every situation. They also have a tendency to be possessive of nearly everything that they believe is theirs (you, toys, the dog food bowl).
That is why I pretty much have a “pat answer” when it comes to Blue heeler training. The reason I started training dogs was because of a heeler.
I got him when he was six months old. He had been tied to a tree for most of his life before I got him. That was about the only way they could keep him under control.
A couple of the things that I went through when I first got him were, he would never come when I called him, he liked to run off and he loved to fight other dogs. After watching me and my dog for a few months (I am sure it was quite the scene) my dad suggested that I order a dog training tape that he had seen advertised. It was not specifically designed for training blue heelers, just your basic dog obedience tape.
What a good investment that turned out to be. The teaching of dog training back then was more of the “Jerking Methods” and not the positive dog training methods that have proved successful today. But those methods still worked. It just took longer.
As I have said in some of my other articles, training any breed of dog is pretty basic. Most of the positive dog training methods will work on just about all of the dog breeds. The main thing is to just get started.
A good dog training program that you can check out is this one Online Dog Training. I hope that you find yourself a good dog training guide or program and get started with your blue heeler training right away. And remember to stay on top of it because I am sure that you will find, just as I did, that it will be one of the best investments that you have ever made. Good Luck.