The Australian Shepherd is a high-energy breed that needs a lot of exercise and attention. With this, most experts recommend that only those who have time to provide them with exercise should add this breed to their family. Additionally, potential owners should understand what it takes to train this highly intelligent breed.
Australian Shepherd training is actually not different from training other dog breeds. You may apply the same principle and method you used when training your Lab to your Aussie. However, you have to bear in mind that the Aussie’s personality must be considered before using any training method. Is your Aussie the typical one: highly energetic and intelligent yet calm and easy going? Isn’t he affected with any behavior problem?
Know that a dog that has not developed any behavior problem yet is easier to train than the one with one or two behavior problems. With behavior problem or not, make sure to start the socialization immediately. This period enables your beloved pooch to get used to his new environment as well as the new people and scenarios around him. Train obedience commands one at a time. Working on different commands at the same time is more likely to confuse him thus making training less effective. Give reward, mostly in the form of treats and praise, to encourage good behavior.