My Aussie Does NOT Like Children, How To Help?
Hello! I have an Aussie who will be 2 in January 2012. I am 21 and do not have kids, therefore he has not grown up with/been really socialized with children. He's been around them, but I AM aware that he was not socialized with children, and that Aussies have a HIGH drive to herd.
When we are around children, if they run, he WILL herd them and nip them. He'll even bark at any child innocently walking by. (Not aggressively, but to tell me they are there.)
However, he is in training to be a therapy dog. When I take him in public I don't want him barking at children, or children being afraid of him as we walk by or if they would like to pet him.
I think he is just scared of them really. I would be too if all I heard were high pitches noises and a human my size :)
Any tips to get him to be more comfortable with children? (I don't exactly have anyone volunteering their child to play with him) OTHERWISE, it's fine with me if he's just scared. Aussies are the best!
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