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Australian Shepherd Around Kids?
Hi! I have a beautiful blue merle Australian Shepherd named Luna, and she is amazing. Crazy smart, loyal, sweet etc. She has a brother, Navi (8 yr old Lab mix), to keep her company.
The only issue she has is how she reacts/behaves around younger children. It seems that the children closer to eye level to her are the ones that truly "bother" her. She is not aggressive (doesn't run towards, etc) but will growl and try to herd/nip them if they start making many sudden movements.
She did nip a family member's young child when she was a puppy and I was extremely upset. I have tried to slowly socialize her around children when I can keep her on a leash, etc, and once she has met a child once she is usually okay with them and doesn't seem to be stressed at all or want to herd.
Thanks for any tips!
Navi is amazing with kids, doesn't really acknowledge them unless he wants to be pet and will let them pull his tail etc. My husband and I aren't having kids anytime soon but I do have a lot of younger children in my family as does he and we want her to be able to be around them without worry.
I'm not sure if she just needs more socializing with children or what is the best way to go about it. Thanks!