3-Year-Old Australian Shepherd Showing Aggression Against Dogs Who Come In Our Yard

by Lilly
(Virginia)


Our 3-year-old female Australian Shepherd has begun to show aggression against other dogs who come in our yard or approach my husband or me in our yard. Help!

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Instincts
by: Anonymous

You’re her herd to protect.

Aggression
by: Ann

I’ve been told that this is typical behavior (or more common) as they get older. Mine is now 6 and she used to back away from dogs who came at her now she stands her ground and goes back at them. I don’t like it but have not ever read any way to change it other than more and more socialization. Dog parks are about my only option since I live in the country. So far she is not that way with people coming up to me but I fear that could be the next step. We take her everywhere she is allowed to go.

I do think her yard is her domain so it’s tougher to stop the behavior. I find with Aussies you have to be able to continually reinforce behavior.

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