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Aussie Mix Crazy On Walks (But Only When I Least Suspect It)
Hello! I recently adopted a 1 year old Aussie Mix from local rescue group. I live in an apartment and he is doing great; being a mix he's only around 35# and energy wise seems to settle right in and is up and ready to go during walks and play time and then content to sleep when everyone else is busy. The only problem I'm really having (outside from just some occasional puppy nipping) is his walks!
Being that I live in an apartment I really try to make sure his mental/physical needs are meet so food puzzles and at least 1hr and 1/2 walks throughout the day not counting short relief walks. During some of his evening walks however he seems to get in my opinion so excited or so nervous depending on the situation that he just talks off and sprints circles around me like a psycho. Being that he's new I am terrified of him slipping his collar and taking off or injuring himself so the only thing I can really do is restrain him until he calms down and then attempt to continue the walk again. The freak outs while not consistent are happening enough that its beginning to get very frustrating and I really don't know the best way to handle it. His recall as of right now outside is pretty slim and he has no interest in toys etc just sprinting around and alligator rolling.
If anyone has had this problem PLEASE share your solutions currently I don't have a yard to give him access to daily and with his lack of recall I'm hesitant to take him to any off leash dog parks. I have no idea what he's mixed with (or even if he's really an Aussie but it's all I got!).
Thank You :)