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What Do Australian Shepherds Like To Do?
Hi, everyone. My wife and I just got our first dog, a 14-month-old mini Aussie named Chili.
For the first year of his life, he lived outside with probably 25 other dogs, very limited human interaction, never went inside, never walked on a leash. We've adopted him and he's very timid. Doesn't like new people, doesn't like much of anything that we can tell.
We've gotten to the point where he'll come up to us on his own to be petted (which is huge), but he still won't walk on a leash. He'll drag it around, but if there's a person on the end, he freezes and won't move.
All the trainers say positive reinforcement is the way to go - give him a treat or a toy he loves, or play his favorite game, but we haven't found anything he likes to reward him with, though he can occasionally be lured with peanut butter. He's also getting almost no exercise, since we can't take him for walks or to the park.
What do your Aussies (and especially minis) like? He's too scared for us to chase him, though he'll occasionally follow us around if we trot. He's starting to sort of play with toys, but only a tiny bit.
We're really hoping to find something to keep him occupied so he doesn't get bored, something to get him exercise, and something we can reward him with. Thanks!