Active but not hyper
We get asked often what we mean when we use the term off switch so I will try and explain what
Aussies are not a hyper breed. When we think hyper we think of a dog who is always pacing
and running around, barking, getting into things and doesn't know how to lay down and relax.
This is a trait often seen in Border Collies who are in homes not suited to such an active breed.
Aussies are supposed to be active, they are not lap dogs or couch potatoes. They need to get
out for regular physical exercise, they love to run and chase a ball or a disc. They excel at
sports and have endless stamina. They can go for hours at a time without getting tired. This is
not hyper, this is active and willing to work and it is no only normal for an aussie, it is a
behaviour we strive to produce as it makes the aussie who he is.
The off switch is the ability to lay down and relax when in the house. If it is a rainy day, if your
busy and you just can't get to your regular exercise routine, the aussie should be able to adjust
and not destroy the house. They are as comfortable laying on the couch for the day as they are
doing a day of organized sports or working in a field with sheep or cattle.
The off switch is what makes Aussies more suited to family lifestyles than other breeds who do
not settle and rest in the house and there are many breeds who do not settle and makes very
trying house pets.
If your sick, your aussie should be more than willing to accept that today is a lazy day. Going
out in the yard for a quick potty break a few times should be all the exercise he needs for today.
That off switch doesn't last forever, it's more of a pause button. This isn't a lazy breed, after a
day or two of having lazy time, the aussie will need to get out and do some serious exercise.
After a good run, some ball or disc throwing, he will be happy to come home and once again