My 10-Week Old Miniature Australian Shepherd Is a Bit Aggressive Towards My Son

by Steffanie
(California)


I have a sweet 10-week-old Miniature Australian Shepherd, Daisy Mae, who is starting to show some aggressiveness towards my 12-year-old son. If she's resting on my bed with me and he approaches, or if she's laying by my feet and he comes downstairs, she will run over to him and bark—sometimes "hopping" towards him. It's like she's being possessive of me.

Help??!!! How can I break this? Recently I was gone for 4 days and he took care of her at my parent's house and she did not display this behavior there.

She loves to play with him and is very loving most of the time.

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Crate
by: Anonymous

Buy her a crate!

Possessive behavior
by: jcrply

It might help if your son shares in all the care and training of your pup every day. He could feed her and walk her on a leash and do some of the training. He could use treats for the training.

Be sure you never accidentally reward the unwanted behavior by giving her attention. If she tries to come between you two, ignore her. She gets no attention until she behaves properly. Training the SIT command right now might be a good idea and can be useful.

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