My Red Tri Aussie Puppy Will Bite Me, Growl, Rip Up Stuff, And More
This is Copper... my wild child
Hi, I have a beautiful 10-week-old red tri Australian Shepherd puppy. He is big for his age at 18 lbs. I got him at 7 weeks because he was bigger and doing great. He potty trained and crate trained quickly. I work with him daily and I’m home during the day.
My small Shepherd mix female loves him... thinks he’s her puppy. She allows him to jump on her and bite her and run crazy with her playing with tug toys. He bit her so much she started getting tug toys to play with him. She offers them to him and encourages him to play tug of war. Smart girl!
I have an eight-year-old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. He’s older and is ok with the puppy as long as he minds his manners. I’ve raised three Aussies and one Border Collie in my life. This little guy gets the blue ribbon for crazy! He’s very intelligent and learns quickly. He gets plenty of exercise and I’m concerned maybe too much for his little legs considering he’s still growing.
Anyway, around 7 every night a switch flips on in his brain and he runs around full speed. He will bite me, growl, rip up stuff, and try to run jump the other dogs. He reminds me of a roadrunner cartoon—zoom zoom! I have to restrain him and tell him to settle and put him in his crate! I’ve never experienced this in any other of my Aussies!
He gets mad if he doesn’t get his way. I asked the breeder about him and she said it’s because he’s a red-headed Aussie, they act that way. Oh my! He gets ugly! I’m thinking he needs brain games—things to engage him and make him think or work to do.
What’s your opinion?