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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
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My Aussie HATES Children And I Don't Know What To Do!

by Rene WIlson
(Lafayette, CA, USA)

Hello, I have a big issue... I have a 1yr 5mo old Aussie named Sausage and he hasn't had the best of experiences with children and if I could go back into time and change his first meetings with them I would but as we all know that cannot be done.

He has snapped, snarled and nipped at children. A child from ages 18 months until about 13 he just does not like. If he hears the voice of a child he will snarl and bark and act as though he is irritated just by the thought of them.

I have seriously considered getting him a muzzle but I want to find a way to fix the issue not just mask it with a piece of equipment. Please if you know what I should do let me know! I'm in desperate need of fixing this! Thank you so much!

Note from Anton: This needs serious attention. Daniel Stevens addresses these kinds of behaviour problems in his dog training program here. Whether you get Daniel's program or get other professional advise I recommend you do it right away. As I mentioned in another comment there are dog bite lawyers who build their entire careers going after owners of biting dogs. And you don't want to be responsible for having a child disfigured of course. In the meantime keep Sausage away from all children and use a muzzle if necessary.

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Our new pup does not seem to like little people
by: Richard

Ozzy, our 6 month old, seems to have issues with little people as well. We don't have children and our other two are great with kids. It may be that we have moved and we don't know any kids in our neighborhood like the previous home. So far I believe that we have only met kid's on three occasions now. Ozzy starts barking at them will kind of stop after I tell him to settle. Guess I need to pay more attention to this problem before it gets worse.

Paisley - Same Issue
by: Anonymous

My 1 year old mini aussie Paisley also hates children. I feel like I may have put her in a position with children when she was very young that she wasnt comfortable with and now she cant handle being around them. I can see her getting very stressed when she sees or hears a child, she will growl if they get too close and has nipped once. I really don't know what to do to help her through this, and I plan on having kids in the next few years... so I definately need to get this resolved.

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