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Fearful Aussie Cross - Help Please!
by Aussie Person
I have an 18 month old Texas Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog and Australian Shepherd cross) who, since he was 5 months old, is terrified of people and animals. I bought him from what I thought was a good breeder (bad move) and for the first couple months, Sundance was the perfect puppy! His tail would wag in his sleep, he was super happy, amazing with children, and unbelievably smart! But when he turned 5 months his whole attitude completely changed. He became terrified of everything and everyone (plants included). He growls, barks, hides, pees, and nose punches strangers and other animals. I have been reading up on Aussies and supposedly this is normal for Aussies? Will he grow out of this fear and aggressive behaviors? How can I build his confidence and get him to trust me completely? I want him to stop thinking he has to protect me and know that I will protect him.
Sundance is so smart, he responds to 25 different commands and is just gorgeous! Please help me if you can! I really want a happy, confident dog!
Thank you and God Bless!