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Anxious Aussie Has Nipped Countless People
Hello, My Aussie, Wrangler, is almost 8 years old now. He is my husband and my first baby! Since getting him we got another small breed of dog, have had our first son, and have another baby on the way due in August.
Wrangler nipped for the first when he was about 6 months old. We got him neutered shortly after that thinking it would calm him down. It did not... we also took him to obedience classes and even had a dog psychologist come to our home to help us understand him as best we could.
He has had anxiety as far back as I can remember regardless of exercise and training. He obeys my husband mostly, usually me as well but only when my husband isn’t around. Since his first nip he has nipped countless other people, including a Fedex driver which resulted in quarantining him. Most people have been friends and family which we feel terrible about but also lucky that we haven’t had more reported cases against him :(
He has nipped both me and my husband as well. We know that nipping happens when people run by him, are moving something large or noisy, or just doing something noisy in general. It has gotten to the point however, that he just seems to nip people he doesn’t feel good about.
Both of our grandfathers were not doing any of those things and have been nipped twice all on separate occasions. I am nervous about him around our human babies and not sure what to do.
I understand Aussies have a herding instinct and it’s a natural herding behavior, but it is resulting in us not being able to have people over and stress for my husband and I when he is around our noisy first born son.
We love Wrangler so much and are heartbroken by the situation so please go easy on me with responses! What do you recommend we do? Has anyone gone through this situation as well? Thanks.