Liddy II, CGC, TKN, RN, is an Australian Cattle Dog / Australian Shepard mix. When she joined us, in 2013, we were told she was about two years old.
About the breed
Cattle Dogs, also known as Blue Heelers, or Queensland Heelers were bred to help move the Australian cattle herds across the sub-continent. They are smart, tough and hard workers.
Heelers are a working dog. Bred for brains as well as endurance, they are in the top ten of smartest dogs. They have an amazing memory and an amazing ability to reason through to a solution.
These two attributes, brains and endurance, make for a challenging companion. If you choose to take a member of this tribe into your home you had best be up to the challenge. You will be figuring out ways to exercise the brain as well as the body.
CGC – Canine Good Citizen
CGC is an AKC training program open to all dogs–purebred and mixed breed–that focuses on teaching the basics of good manners and obedience.
TKN – Trick Dog – Novice
Tricks are one way we challenge Liddy’s brain. She has a pretty good repertoire, so it was very easy to pick up this title. Getting her Intermediate title may be a bit more of a challenge
Rally-O is a sport where the dog and handler navigate a course which has signs laid out providing direction. The team must qualify in three different events under two different judges to qualify.
Therapy Dog is not an AKC title. Therapy Dog is an activity that is certified by a number of organizations focused on providing this service.
Liddy was certified by Therapy Dogs International (TDI), several years ago. The certification requires that an accredited examiner access a dog’s performance in a number of situations that may occur while the dog is visiting a hospital or other such facility.