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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

My Mini Aussie Herds, Nips, and Digs!

by Matt

My 12-week-old Mini Aussie nips, herds, and digs! I take her on walks, play fetch, and tug throughout the day—every day, but she is still hyper enough to dig up flowers in the garden.

I read I’m supposed to exercise her 30 min every day but I’ve been doing 4x that and she still mouths me and herds me on walks!

What should I do and how can I discipline her?

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Deterrent for digging
by: Dillon

Hi, I’m sorry you’ve been having trouble with your Aussie. Puppies tend to have a lot of energy so it’s difficult to get it all out sometimes, even when it seems you’re doing everything right. One option for you might be to purchase an outdoor playpen. When she starts nipping or digging and doesn’t respond to a firm "NO!" You could place her in there until she calms down. Then, reward her with a treat for being calm. I’ve recently had trouble with my new puppy digging in my garden and I’ve found that sprinkling hot pepper seeds around the areas I don’t want her in is a great deterrent. And the best thing is that It’s not at all harmful to your puppy or your plants. You can use any pepper variety as long as it contains capsaicin. Good luck!

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