Rescue Aussie Nipping Strangers Inside The Home
by Jay Houston
My wife and I are at our wits end. We have a 5 year old Aussie we rescued 4 years ago and she is perfect. With the occasional barking at the wind blowing, she is absolutely a joy. Because of this, we elected to get another Aussie as a companion. We adopted an 8 year old Aussie from the animal rescue league about 6 months ago and love her very much. We were told that she was turned over to them because the family that had her since birth were moving out of state and were unable to have animals in the apartment they were renting. Again, we love her but we have we have 3 problems:
1. She has nipped 5 of our guests over the last 6 months and we almost to the point of returning her to the pound (only as a last resort).
2. Sometimes when she is being petted by any of our 3 kids, she will growl and bear her teeth (but won't bite). And when the kids move back a few feet, she will walk over to them and sit to be petted.
3. Our neighbors have a dog and our yards are separated by a wooden fence. When their dog is next to the fence, our Aussie will attack the fence, bark and will not come when called. The bark is her ferocious bark, clawing the fence, and will not come to me when called.
We are to the point of getting a shock collar and if that doesn't work, she has to go back. I know there is a simple explanation and fix, but I have no idea what to do. Please help!!!!!! Aussies are the best dogs to own (minus the shedding) and we would hate to take her back to the animal rescue league.