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How Does Herding Manifest In Young Aussies?
I have a 8 month old female Australian Shepherd. We've been training her and she is, for being so young, fairly well behaved. She's very sweet and has not shown aggression towards visitors other than barking.
We've introduced her to children (ages 3-7, up to 12) and she's always been good with them. But today my nephew was visiting (he's 4) and she was very wary of him, even acting as if she was going to stalk him. She didn't, however, bite. She was also very well behaved with his older brother who is 5.
I'm really at a loss as to what sparked her behavior, since she's always been so accepting to other children. I was wondering if she was herding.