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Why Does My Aussie Seem So Scared Of Me?
(Iowa City, Iowa)
Boji and his favorite toy!
Why does my Aussie seem so scared of me and doesn't like me? I didn't over punish him during training months.
I walk him everyday, play with him, give him plenty of love and affection but he seems to despise me and not understand I'm his "master." Some days it makes cry honestly because he doesn't enjoy being around me and it's not fair to him if all he does is hide from me and run away from me when I get home.
I almost don't look forward to coming home anymore because he doesn't run up to the door all excited like he does for everyone else, once he sees it's me he runs away and hides in his kennel, or if I walk in the room he will run under the table and/or pee on the floor.
I am always using a "puppy or baby" voice all happy and cheery but I have also changed my tone of voice to see if maybe that was scaring him.
Please help me figure out how to change this behavior and what I can do to make him appreciate me and love his owner the way I love him.