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Fear-Aggressive Aussie Pup Help?
Hi! I have a ten month old spayed Aussie. She's my baby, and she's very, very smart. But she does have a few issues we're having a really hard time working out of her.
First, let me say more about her. She knows basic obedience, is fed a very well-rounded, healthy diet, and is good with other dogs.
She came from a BYB. When I got her, I knew absolutely nothing about good breeders or anything like that, but since have learned just about everything there is to know about reputable breeders.
Her problem is that she's very fear aggressive. If someone walks by the house, she barks aggressively and raises her hackles. If someone approaches her, she barks, growls, raises her hackles, sometimes lunges, and is absolutely terrified. She's even snapped at me once or twice in a stressful situation.
I'll be the first to admit I did NOT do a good job socializing her when I first got her, but since then we've been taking her just about everywhere with us and making it a VERY positive thing with food, praise, and with her favorite things, tennis balls.
We've been working on a 'quiet' exercise at home, to calm her and quiet her when someone walks by the house and it's going well and we've seen a LOT of improvement, but the problem is still there.
So, we really want to eliminate the problem rather than just cover up.
I REALLY want to make her a therapy dog for personal reasons, and with this temperament right now that's not a possibility, so we want to turn it around!
Let me add that in two weeks she'll be enrolled in puppy classes for socialization, but do you guys have any tips for working on it otherwise?