New Australian Shepherd Puppy Question


(Portland, OR)

We just welcomed a new Australian Shepherd into our home. He’s 8 weeks old. We haven’t had an Aussie or a puppy this young before.

I’ve read they need about 15-20 minutes of exercise a day and he gets plenty since we are all home given COVID. But he turns into a nippy crazy guy in the afternoons. He nips a lot, digs when I take him out and is very over-excited. I think he’s overtired, but sites I’ve read say he’s bored??

Any thoughts are welcome!

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Puppy play
by: Anonymous

You might try taking a ball (small enough for him) outside and throw it, then encourage him to bring it back. Repeat as often as he maintains interest. Don't throw it too far at first until he gets the idea.

Boredom
by: Anonymous

Hey, I've had my Aussie/Husky for about a year now and she's always been the same way, a good walk or when they get older some kinds of good chew lol but a good toy should keep 'em occupied.

You have a bored baby boy.
by: Jeri Weber

I am on my 3rd & 4th Aussie pups. They get bored easily because they a so smart. Teach him how to walk on a leash, he will forget as he gets older, then he'll remember again! Frustrating but funny. Also, we let our pups chase empty soda bottles around the house and yard. Make sure you take off the labels and lids and throw them out when they become flattened. They're really fun dogs, but so smart, you have to keep one step ahead of them!

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