I'm new as well! And am from California AND am raising my first dog! [My brother was always allergic to dogs. DX]Hi! Less than a week ago I adopted a beautiful 5 year old Australian Cattle Dog Mix, and I am so happy to have her in my family!! She's very intelligent and well tempered although we do have some things to work on.
I grew up with dogs but was never responsible for their training (mom did that), so I have good intentions but not much experience in that area. Hopefully Miss Kettle (my dog) and I can benefit from the collective knowledge here!
So, good luck to the both of us! Hahahah, but I'm sure you'll do fine raising. Australian Cattle dog's are normally very smart and sharp!