Congrats on your new pup!
I grew up with an Aussie; still have him and he's coming on 15 years of age. Got ourselves a second one almost three years ago. The thing I have discovered with Aussies is they need to be properly socialized at a young age. I've had both extremes. One was super aggressive/protective of his territory and he had to be locked up whenever guests came over. My girl was super shy and scared of everyone- especially men- and loud sounds. I took my girl to an obedience class which really helped her. Now she will come up and greet our guests.
Another thing, if you haven't already found out, is that Aussies are very active dogs- they really need a large yard to be able to run off that energy or some seriously dedicated owners to take them out for a good run/walk/frisbee/ball toss twice a day. They're herding dogs; hence the reason for all that energy- also, I believe, why they're so smart! When we went on vacation once and had to put our first guy in the kennel, the folks taking care of him said he'd figured out how to open it and get out, plus, he was able to unlock our sliding doors as well.
Not sure if any of that helped; hope it did! I love our Aussies- some of the best and most loyal dogs you can have. They are soo eager to please and be by your side. Not to mention, both of them have been great with all of our animals.
ETA: The first two years of our first Aussies life was difficult because he had soo much energy and it was awfully hard to get him trained to go outside and mind his manners; that was before we knew the clicker training method. If I'd known about that then, that's what I would've done; our lives probably would've been much easier with that those first years. LOL He turned out to be a great dog- guarding us, our other critters, and being a loyal companion.
I'll finish by posting some photos of my dog sally. ( :
Edited by PioneerPrincess - 8/28/15 at 3:33pm