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4 Month Old Australian Shepherd Won't Walk
(Louisville, Co, USA)
Hello, I have had a 4 month old Aussie for a week now and I am having issues getting him to go on walks and be around other dogs and people.
He is great around the house and is settling in nicely after the first week home, but outside the house...not so good.
He came from a large ranch (breeder) and was great with his family of Aussies, but now with him at my house, he growls and nips at other dogs, barks at strangers, and won't budge from the house on walks. I am guessing he wasn't very socialized or trained at their house. (including no potty training which we are working on)
I have read he is trying to be protective and that's why he gets weird around other dogs and people. We are starting a puppy class this weekend so hopefully that helps socialize him.
As for the walks though, do you think he doesn't want to go because he wants to stay and watch over the house? I would drive him for walks to other places so the house is out of sight out of mind, but in the morning before work it's not an option.
Any ideas for the walking, and for the socialization? You think he will grow out of some of these issues? I do a ton of hiking and got this breed to have a great trail dog, but man, if he won't even leave the house...??
Of course, he's only 4 months and only a week at my house so I am trying to be patient.
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