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Australian Shepherd Is Charging, Nipping Hands And Shoes
by Alan Shenefield
(Torrance, CA, USA)
Skye 5 months
I just adopted a 5-month-old Aussie Shepherd. She lived in an apartment on the 4 floor and stayed in a cage until they go home, (a Mother and Daughter) and just played tug and a short walk to the bathroom.
Since they sold the dog to me they must have lived in fear somewhat. I've had her for 1 week. She has a habit of suddenly starting to growl, nip, pull my shirt, etc. I say stop and she runs circles around me. Sometimes I'm sitting, sometimes standing, or just play ball.
I read on here people try to give a toy to distract. I do that sometimes that helps. I ordered a shock collar if that is the only next step.
I had to kick her away, take my shoe and slap or a small stick to shoe her away. She usually just keep running circles around me till I get a hold of her and hold her down. Then its done and it's kissy kissy for a while.
She likes to be around me, happy to see me. Everything is play, especially around other dogs, hard to get her in stop time. Anyone have any suggestions?
My last Aussie was the alfa but was 2+ years old when I had her so play biting was not part of the rehab, but more of trust me to be the leader and you just be sweet.
Thanks, to anyone that can advise.