How To Deal With Younger Australian Shepherd Being Too Aggressive With Older Dog And Running Out Into The Street?
by Nancy Hansford
Hello everyone - My husband and I have two Australian Shepherds - one about eleven years old (male) and a female about fourteen months old. I am so frustrated and could really use some advice...
Our older dog, Marley, chewed some things up when he was a puppy but for most of his life has been a gentle, good-matured, even sometimes timid boy. He likes walks but loves being at home. The female pup, Ziva, seems to have such a different temperament and I don't know what to do.
Ziva tries to chase motorcycles, jumps the fence, and thinks, as my husband says, that she's "ten-feet tall and bullet-proof" - She and Marley play together but I think Ziva is sometimes too aggressive towards Marley. I believe we have had her just a little over a year and my husband said he is tired of chasing her and he is afraid she will hurt another dog - he really thinks she would be better off on a farm but it breaks my heart to think of giving her up...
However, the last time she got out she ran across a busy street with no fear whatsoever and without the help of our good neighbors I am afraid she would have gotten hit by a car. We have taken her through basic obedience training and she is very smart - it was suggested to me to take her through an obedience class again. Though it breaks my heart to think about giving her up, it would break my heart more if she were hit by a car and hurt or killed. If you can't already tell:), I love this dog and want to give her a happy home BUT I don't want to be selfish and I can't get a divorce over this (hope it would never come to that:) Ziva is a beautiful dog with gorgeous blue eyes and she CAN be really sweet.
If you are wondering about this, yes I know the importance of researching types of dogs before you get one - please let me remind you we already had an Aussie and had a VERY different experience with Marley - also, Ziva HAS been fixed but I have noticed her behaving very recently as if she is in heat.
I would appreciate any and all KIND suggestions... thank you.
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