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My Aussie Is Always With Me

by Jimmy
(Raleigh, NC)


Don't get me wrong I love that my Aussie always wants to be by my side, but let's be honest there are times when I have "chores" I must do that I cannot play, scratch, etc. with him.

When he was a puppy he had no issues going out in our fenced-in backyard to explore. Since turning one, he no longer goes out as much. He will sit in the kitchen with me or follow me from room to room as I clean, put laundry away, and infrequently lets out a hard sigh (breath out).

IS HE BORED? IS HE CONTENT SIMPLY HANGING?

WHY WON'T HE GO OUTSIDE BY HIMSELF?

Thank you,

Jimmy

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Relatable
by: Anonymous

I don’t know if my experience/response is much help. But I can say you aren’t alone. I have chronic depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. I’ve heard from so many people that Aussies are great emotional support animals but I’ve experienced quite the opposite. I struggle a lot meeting my (2) aussies constant needs/wants. (I married into a family with them. I did not buy them myself. Btw.) They need need need no matter what or when, even if I have nothing to give (mentally/emotionally). They are hardcore companion dogs. They can’t just lay or chill out somewhere. They do not do independence. They need to be with you all the time and are very emotional, intelligent, and very strong willed. I’ve struggled a lot getting them to do what I want or need in times of distress. I’ve had panic attacks and they just jump all over me wanting to play or whine because I’m not petting them. It’s like they don’t care. They are literally a 24 hour job-catering to them. I may not be training them correctly or working with them enough. I feel like that’s what most people would tell me. But I don’t really know what to do. I’m struggling to take care of myself. I do hope things get better for you. All I can personally advice is: your dog’s personality probably won’t change and I think working/training it is all you can do to help with it’s habits/obedience.

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