Is A Muzzle OK To Use On A 7 Month Old Aussie That Bites?
My 7 month old female Aussie is in classes. Her teething process is over. About once per week I get a bad bite while walking her. Last night, I was about 5 blocks from home when she turned on me and attacked me. Do you think a muzzle or gentle leader will be beneficial in training her? Firm "No's", putting the leash in her mouth, even holding her down, do not teach this dog dominance! For some reason she challenges me constantly.
I have some pretty bad bruises on my arm, chest, and legs from her little "frenzies". It is a tad bit more than "puppy nipping", more like unprovoked herding or aggression. What triggers this? And is a muzzle helpful? Thanks for your help!! Training classes teach positive reinforcement, but that does not protect you from getting bitten. I love her, but I am very frustrated. I am the only one in the home she challenges like this. I am also the one who spends the most time with her. She is a great exercise partner, but can be unpredictable without warning. :(
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