Am I Up For This Challenge Or Should I Return Him To Breeder?
We bought a 16 week old Aussie pup last Friday. He seems calm and friendly with people and other dogs. However, I am haunted by memories of my Aussie rescue from 9 years ago; this dog was never safe around people or other dogs. He was a continual management issue until the day he died (and yes, I hired trainers and had him in obedience and agility--he even had earned his Canine Good Citizen Award!?!). I'm absolutely confused by why my family (my husband and our 2 boys) chose this little Aussie... why didn't we pick a Lab or a Golden Retriever?
So, I'm seriously considering returning him to the breeder. We live in a CROWDED suburban neighborhood filled with children of all ages and many other dogs. So far he is outgoing with everyone, but I am PARANOID that even with LOTS of socialization and training he will turn into an adult that is aggressive and suspicious of strange humans and dogs.
Obviously, I carry baggage from my failed attempts to re-socialize the rescue dog, but I also wonder if I have gotten myself into way too much with this challenging breed.
I am meeting with a trainer tomorrow to get some advice based on his temperament (which I know can change when he hits adolescence).
I'm freaking out. I'm probably not a good leader in this state of mind. Is it better for this pup to stay with damaged me, or better for him to go back to the breeder and try to find a new home (she doesn't want to keep him--I guess his neck is too short).