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Question About Toy Aussie's Behavior

by Maggi
(KC)

My 6 month toy aussie, Miles latches onto the collar fur of my 1 1/2 year old sheltie, Ranger, when they are playing. (The sheltie is the more dominant dog.) When the sheltie takes off running, the aussie follows, catches up, and latches onto the collar fur as they continue to run around.

I hadn't addressed it yet, because I thought the sheltie would let Miles know how he felt about it. Ranger eventually gets himself loose. Now, I am wondering, what does this behavior mean?

Other than this one thing, Miles is eager to please and quick to learn.

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RE: Tugging on collar
by: Kym

Thats just what some aussies do. My female aussie does it to both my border collie and my german shepherd. Yes, your other dog will let her know when enough is enough, HOWEVER, you may want to take the collar off during these playtimes. Granted, she will pull out hair but I have seen where the 'antogonizer' got their jaw caught in the collar, and broke his jaw. This would be tragic. It's just a herding instinct and she is just doing what comes naturally.

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