Aggression Concern With Australian Shepherd
by Alexis M
Hey everyone! I am posting this because I am beyond stressed out this evening. We have a 7 month old Aussie - he is a male and we have had him for about 3.5 months. He is turning into a great dog and we absolutely adore him. He is AWESOME with us (my fiancé and I) and he is great around my parents who occasionally dog sit him...he also is fine around adult strangers.
However, we have one major issue...he terrifies me around children. There have been several occasions where he has growled, lunged, and barked at young kids (ages 1 - 12). We always have him on a leash for training purposes and because of our fear of him actually biting a child.
I genuinely could not imagine ever having to get rid of him but we want children of our own some day. We really need helpful information and tips so we can get him to relax around children. I love him to pieces and honestly just the thought of something actually happening terrifies me.
PLEASE send any information/tips to help us out. We have been going to puppy classes and plan on attending other classes after that but I would love to hear from other Aussie lovers who have experienced similar issues! Thank you so much.