The Blue Heeler is from Australia and is well known as great farm and ranch dogs. With their hard-working nature, they got American attention in world war 2, then many soldiers returned home with these dogs. Let’s read some tips for taking care of the Blue Heeler to know if these dogs could be a suitable pet for you.
A high-quality Kibble is great for Blue Heeler. You should choose a kibble that includes 20-25% protein and 5-8% fat, no chemicals, natural preservatives, and not expired.
A Blue Heeler puppy between 8 and 12 weeks old needs to be fed ¼-½ cup of food divided into 3-4 times every day. At 6 months and older, he will need 1-1.5 cups of food divided into 2 meals – once in the morning and once at night.
You should always limit your dog food and never offer your Blue Heeler people food especially when you’re having your meal. This helps prevent your dog from begging or barking for food, minimizes the risk of getting overweight, and avoids other health problems.
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Exercise: This breed has a lot of energy, they used to spend hours outside working in the fields and herding. If you have a Blue Heeler, and you’re nor going to use him to work, you need to let him exercise every day for at least 1 hour. He will love to run, hike, and play hard to expend his energy. If you have a large yard, you should let him exercise there, leave some toys for him. he can be entertaining himself with those toys while you’re busy.
Coat care: The Blue Heeler doesn’t need much care for his coat. Their fur is short, you just need to give him a quick brush once a week and bathe him only once a month or as needed. You can brush him more in his shedding seasons, 2-3 times a week should be good.
Teeth and Nails care: Blue Heeler’s nails and teeth need to be taken care of regularly. You should trim his nails every month and brush his teeth twice a week
Let your dog know that you are the leader: Eat first and feed your dog after you, this will teach your dog that you control the food and that the people in the house are “alpha”. Use food as a reward for your dog’s obedience, if he doesn’t obey your commands, keep the food, and try again in a few minutes. You should hand your dog food, this is a way to let them know that you rank higher than them.
Socialize your dog from a young age: You need to let your dog go to public places or go to your friend’s houses. Your dog will learn to stay calm in a crowd and learn to get along with other animals, especially with other dogs.
Always put a leash on your dog when you take him out: The leash will make it easier for you to control your dog and prevent him from getting into trouble. You can keep him with you as a fun and enjoyable place. If your dog tries to lead in one direction, simply turn and go in the other direction.
Potty training: If your home is in a field, you can potty train your dog anywhere near your house, just make sure it won’t damage your plants. If not, you should choose a place as your dog’s toilet. Usually, a puppy will need to go “toilet” every 2-3 hours, take your dog to its own “toilet” and give a simple command like “potty” and wait until he’s done with his “business”. Don’t forget to reward him right away when he does it right.