Why Does My Australian Shepherd Nip At One Of My Sons Friends?
(Dover Plains, NY)
My 5 year old male Australian Shepherd, Tucker, is extremely reactive to everything ~ the door bell, meeting new people, other dogs etc. After he finally smells and meets someone, he usually calms down and becomes very friendly or just ignores the person. The next time they come over, he is much more relaxed.
My son has a friend, Joe, who comes over every once in a while and it is obvious that he makes Tucker very uncomfortable. He ends up circling Joe, barking and nipping at him. I have watched this and can't see Joe doing anything to provoke this behavior from Tucker. Joe has dogs and is usually very comfortable around them. Tucker does not do this with anyone else and I can't figure out why. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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