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irritating my other animals

Amanda EvansAmanda Evans Posts: 28Member
edited 18 August, 2009 in Australian Shepherd
hey i just got a new puppy a few weeks ago and have never had one of these dogs before so not really sure what to expect (though i have done as much research as possible it's not the same). she really messes with my two cats and older maltese. she is only wanting to play but she bites and annoys even when they have made clear that they are done and the maltese really gets mad. i seperate them and try to distract her the best i can but at times they really are playing and having fun(maltese not the cats). she is 13 weeks old but wondering if they is something i should do to keep her from developing a bad habit when older or should not worry and is just a puppy thing.

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  • Mike HurstMike Hurst Springfield (Snyder Park)Posts: 8Member
    edited 13 August, 2009
    Aussies are very playful especially as puppies. My Aussie puppy who is 21 weeks now did the same thing, but I worked on it and now she knows when I say stop its time to calm down. She did kill a few cats in her time so I had to find homes for mine, but some dogs just don't like cats. Just woek with her or him and he will do fine aussies are smart and in my opinion the best breed.
  • edited 13 August, 2009
    How much excrise is she getting? I know she is probably to young to walk, but what about play time? Also, one thing aussies need is MENTAL excrise. Start teaching her obedience, sit, stay, down, come etc. I started with Chase the day he came home. Also teaching "leave it" will help get her to leave the other dogs alone.
  • Amanda EvansAmanda Evans Posts: 28Member
    edited 14 August, 2009
    we rough house a lot and i taker her out to play ball in the yard and try really hard to wear her out so i can sleep at night lol. she has basic commands pretty well down now, though wheather she listens or not often depends on if i have a treat in my hand, but i am about to enroll in an obedience class so hopefully that will help too. thanks for the help!:D
  • Leanne ZarasLeanne Zaras Posts: 20Member
    edited 18 August, 2009
    Hi! I'm a little over a year old now, and I was GREAT at irritating my kitty-brothers! I naturally like to nip when I play; I don't mean to hurt anyone, I just get all wound up and I just do it. Even now. When I was younger, those kitty-brothers were just my size... I thought they were there to be my playmates. Mommy would fuss at me to "Leave It!" all the time. It took many months before I understood what she was trying to tell me. Now, if they're just walking by, I can pretty much ignore them... but if they're in a playful mood and they run, I'm right there wanting to herd them and get in on the play.
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