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How To Train An Australian Shepherd How To Behave Around Small Children?
Hi - our 20 month old female Australian Shepherd tends to get into trouble around smaller children, which is not a surprise at all given that they move quickly and suddenly.
She does not have a lot of exposure to children in general, so it's difficult to work on training. She'll play nicely with a kid for a bit (never unsupervised), but then gets worked up and starts jumping up on them, nipping toward their face (this is exactly how she plays with other dogs, but not at all how she plays with us). Once she does this, she's hooked and she'll behave this way for the rest of the night with the same kid, no matter what the situation.
We usually keep her harness on, sometimes with her lead, to control her better. I think she believes they are toys to be played with, but unfortunately not.
Aside from the obvious - managing her arousal level, she is young/they are young, kids move quickly causing herding instinct to kick in, etc.
Any tips you can share to make introductions and time in the same room together more productive and enjoyable for all would be appreciated. Thanks.