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tracking something Aussies can, and do, excel in. The breed’s easy trainability, intelligence, common sense, and problem solving abilities, combined with a medium sized build, easy to care for coat, strong will to work, and incredible loyalty make Aussies an excellent service dog (Pugnetti 23). Aussies have been used more and more as service dogs in the last few years (Palika 45). Robert Krause was injured in a driving accident and now lives a much fuller life because of an Australian Shepherd (Pugnetti 25). His canine partner: Kimba, retrieves household items identified by name, pulls his chair and gives ample love and affection (Pugnetti 27). Robert says, "Kimba is, without question, his best friend" (Pugnetti 27). Most guide dogs are larger breeds, such as German

Shepherds or Labradors. However, a larger dog can cause larger problems. Due to the size, trainability, and loyalty of the Australian shepherd several guide schools started to use them (Pugnetti 56). The schools have found that the Aussie is very good at guiding. As a smaller dog Aussies are generally given to women, smaller men, the elderly, and children (Palika 46). Therapy dogs go with their owners to nursing homes, schools, day care centers, and hospitals and share love and affection with people who need it. Many people assume that because Aussies are generally reserved with strangers and protective of "their people," the breed cannot work as a therapy dog, but nothing is further from the truth (Palika 31). If an Australian Shepherd is well socialized to many

different people as a puppy and young dog, it will quickly learn what is expected during therapy dog work (Palika 31). Letter from an Aussie lover: "My young Aussie, Dax, comes from a strong working stockdog lines and is an energetic, protective, strong-willed dog. She is very cautious of strangers and is quick to alert me to trespassers. However, when I put her therapy bandanna on her and we pull up in front of the nursing home, she changes. She becomes quieter, gentler and more affectionate. She noses a person’s hand until he/she rests it in her head and then she sits still as the person strokes her. She allows handling and even rough treatment that she wouldn’t tolerate in any other situation" (Palika 54-56) Aussie’s are a very unique breed because they are

very versatile. Aussies have more uses than most dog due to the fact that they are easily trained, intelligent, have common sense, problem solving skills, easy to manage coat, and a protective instinct. No matter the situation they are always there. "Australian Shepherd." Book of Dogs. "Australian Shepherd." Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. Braund. Kathryn. The Uncommon Dog Breeds. New York: Arco Publishing Company, INC., 1975. Fogle, Bruce D.V.M. "Australian Shepherd." The Encyclopedia of the Dog. Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. Multiple collection. The Complete Book of the Dog. Ed. David Macdonald MA DPhil. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985. Palika, Liz. The Australian Shepherd. New York: Howell Book House, 1997. Pugnetti, Gino.

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