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Please Help, Australian Shepherd Is Growling And Nipping At Me
So I live with my boyfriend and his dad, and they have had this Aussie for at least two or three years. Apparently they've told me she was professionally trained, as well as trained with a shock collar. I've been in this house for over a year and she's a great dog most of the time.
Lately as of Sept 1, 2016 she has been showing some pretty bad misbehaviors. She doesn't listen to the father. She does listen to me, but I am more firm with her because I know talking to her lightly gets you nowhere. She is always whining and crying if she even for a second thinks she can't see my boyfriends dad, or if she has to be in her kennel while he is in the kitchen.
So, she used to listen to all of us. And if she needed redirection was usually pretty easy, and if she needed the collar it was no big deal. Well the dad decided to stop using it all the time and eventually stop using it at all. Now it's broken, the dog has been acting up FOR WEEKS now. Nipping, whining, not listen to anyone sometimes except for me.
Today she was being very bad because our lil nephew is here, and she's always crazy about him and wanting to be out and trying to get his toys to chew. I had to firmly tell her no a few times, and firmly tell her "house" which she should go into her kennel. A few times out of that she would not listen so I got up and pointed to her kennel and said "house". Those few times I had to do that she went into her kennel and growled at me.
She has also nipped at me if I try to apply her leash to her collar to take her out. Also nipped because she was told no when she tried to run past the baby gate.
I really need some freaking help. I don't even want to be here with this dog being this troublesome. She wakes me up earlier than my alarm clock just because she will hear my boyfriend's dad getting into his morning medicine. It's driving me nuts and stressing me out.