The Australian Shepherd "Aussie" is a dog who wants to work! So, if you're not down on the farm with nothing to herd, you will need to find other work to keep your Aussie from looking for trouble - agility training and competition, obedience training and competition, etc. Because of their inbred instincts they will want to be the dominant family member, 2 or 4 legged. Firm and consistent handling is necessary. The Aussie will need a regular workout to satisfy its need for exercise.