If you make a purchase via a link on this site, I may receive a small commission, and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. See the Disclosure page
for more information. Thank you!
Australian Shepherd Aggression
My 10 week old male Aussie seems very aggressive at times. He will growl, snarl and bite at me and my 4 year old son for no apparent reason - like when we are playing with him or loving on him. We have a very normal schedule daily including physical and mental exercise with him as well as plenty of sleep time - he is a pup! We are not rough in our "scolding" methods so I am kind of at a loss with the aggression.
I have had many dogs in my lifetime, including a Border Collie, but this is my first Aussie. Is this behavior normal? Will it cease as he grows as long as we train him? Any suggestions as to how to stop it? I have tried grabbing him by the scruff of the neck, looking him in the eye and saying "no, stop" and have tried laying him on his back, looking him in the eye and saying "no, stop" as well. These are not working. We have only had him for 2 weeks now so I am still hopeful that this behavior can be corrected and wondering if he is just still adjusting to his new environment.
He is a bit unusual for a puppy in my opinion in that he is not very lovey or affectionate, and prefers to be by himself in another room than with us. We coax him to play by use of chew toys, and he will come when called.
Also, he is still not potty trained. Might give a slight whine if he needs out, but usually just stops in the middle of the room and squats. We have been diligent with taking him out and praising his outdoor voiding but I have potty trained many pups and not had this problem 2 weeks in.
Just hoping for a little advice or suggestions. We really want him to be part of our family for his whole life and love him dearly already in spite of his often foul mood. Please help!
Aussie Behavior Problems? Australian Shepherd Lover's Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care