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Aussie Reacts Spastic If Held
My 1 year old Australian Shepherd reacts violently if we have to hold her to remove a tick or look in her ear when she's been scratching. The breeder told us she was very sensitive based on how she reacted when one liter mate urinated in the food dish. She wouldn't eat out of it for a week. When she was 10 weeks she got a tick (her one and only) and it took four of us to hold her down to remove it. After the ordeal it took us weeks to gain back her trust to come to us and let us pet her. She ducks away. We went months with great behavior and fun times.
Last week she was scratching at her ear and shaking her head. I tried looking in her ear (I've handled her ears and paws with no issues) well she went crazy pulling away and just now is starting to calm back down.
She has been such a joy this past year and behavior is excellent except when these types of issues arise. We bonded with this pup from the time she was a week old visiting every week until she could come home.
She has been to the groomers several times and they say she is no trouble. She is shy initially when meeting strangers but warms up quickly. Great with other dogs. Any ideas what causes this behavior? Anyone have similar issues? Do they out grow it and learn to trust more?