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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Australian Shepherd Extremely Afraid And Antisocial

by Michelle

We got our boy Australian Shepherd when he was 4 months, he’s now 10 months. He had been in a very abusive home and the owner just wanted him gone so we took him in.

Took him a few weeks to warm up to us. He was very happy and loved walks and cuddle time, everything seemed to be going well then one day it’s like a switch flipped and he stopped coming up to us, didn't want to be in the house, and became afraid if we even walked in his general direction.

It almost seems like he hates having any type of human interaction now, though none of us has abused him in any way just been showing him love and trying to earn his trust.

He has started peeing when he sees anyone and if he does come up to us after 30 mins of coaxing if we try to put a leash on him or hold his collar he immediately freaks out peeing everywhere and yanking away.

It's made vet visits almost impossible. He does fine with other animals, like our Golden and the cats. It just seems to be human contact that he doesn’t like.

Any tips on how to stop this skittishness and bring him back out of his shell again?

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Fear periods in Aussies
by: Anonymous

I am no expert, and perhaps that is where you should be going, to a good trainer. But I can say that puppies go through what's called a fear period around your pup's age, when they become fearful and suspicious of new things and startle easily. Submissive peeing can be a part of this. These reactions seem to be extreme in your pup, probably because of his former treatment. Lots of praise and treats, don't ask him to do too many things that are challenging, don't push him or coax too much. Better to sit near him on the floor with yummy treats, ignore him and let him come to you.

Take it s....l....o.....w....
by: Valerie

I adopted an 8 month old almost 2 years ago now. She was and still is much the same way.

But she has made major improvements from now and 2 years ago.

Read up on it. Talk to a trainer. Take it slow. Let your dog come to you. Don't reach, grab and pull. It makes them not want to trust you.

My vet comes to my house. Makes it so much easier. Medication might also help your dog.

Its hard, frustrating and sad. But it does get better and victories will make you so proud and want to cry.

I'm not sure how long your post was up. Hope things are getting better.

Hugs from Alaska. I know where you are coming from.

Valerie and Kalina ....who by the way is at work right now sitting under my desk and its no big deal :-)

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