The Aussie is a very intelligent breed and is highly active; they are not a breed suited to being left in the back yard alone all the time. They will get bored and become destructive (i.e. digging, chewing, barking, etc.). They live to please their owners and have an intense desire to be with “their humans” at all times. I rarely go anywhere in the house without at least one of them following me to see what I’m going to do next. However, this desire and activity level is not for everyone. If you don’t have a large fenced yard, or are at least willing to play ball, Frisbee, or take the dog for a couple of walks a day, then I recommend you get another breed. If, however, you decide this is the right breed for you, then the possibilities are endless as to what you and your Aussie can do together.
I highly recommend that you and your Aussie attend a class at least once a year. There are many fun classes available, such as Agility, Nose Work, and Herding. This will be a great new “JOB” for your dog plus it will give you some quality time together. These classes are a great way to use the intelligent energy your dog has!
One aspect of this breed’s temperament that many people new to the breed do not realize is their protectiveness. This can vary among individual dogs, but all Aussies are, to some degree, protective of their yard, cars, kids etc. While to some people this is a good thing, others are not prepared to handle this type of protectiveness. While some Aussies will bark and then become friendly once their owners say it’s OK, others will remain suspicious and reserved around strangers.