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A Chaser!

Help! My 10 month old mini Aussie barks, growls and chases kids, cars, people and anything else that moves! He does this both on the leash and in our yard!! I can't take him anywhere :(

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A Chaser
by: Anne

Your Mini aussie has a lot of herding instinct and drive. This puppy needs A LOT of exercise.
Take it to an obedience class. You will learn how to control your puppy and it will learn some manners. Try agility with your puppy or find a local trainer who teaches herding lessons. You can check your local dog clubs.
Your puppy needs an outlet for its energy, if not it will become frustrated and out of control.
As you have gotten to observe already.
Question, Why is your puppy allowed to chase cars and kids, when you know it has a tendency to do it in the first place. Think of the safety of your puppy, not to mention the kids.

Anne Calmes
Gold Ring Aussies
Louisiana, USA

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by: Anonymous

Thank you for your reply...agility and herding classes sound good, I'll look into it. To answer your question, I don't allow my dog to chase cars or kids..whenever we're out of my fenced yard he is on a leash..however even on the leash he lunges and barks at cars and people, very aggressive. Any good advice on how to stop this? I'd thought by now (been walking him since he was 12 weeks old) our walks would be better, but they are a nightmare!

A Chaser
by: Anonymous

Speaking from experience, use a gentle leader on your walks it is much easier to keep control.
Your puppy will object when you first use it but they will get more accepting.

Good luck

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