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Aussies & Kids

Mandi CarterMandi Carter Lago VistaPosts: 79Member
edited 30 August, 2009 in Australian Shepherd
How is your Aussie with kids? Izzie isn't around kids very much, but when she is she barks & gets super excited and tries to herd them. I understand the herding is natural, but any tips on how to quiet the bark? Her bark is loud & scares the kids she is around. The majority of the times that she has been around kids has been at the lake, and they have been the children of strangers. I know problem number 1 is that people don't teach their children proper manners in general, regarding animals in particular. And Izzie is very protective of people around the water. She likes it, but it seems to really trigger her protection instincts. I guess I'm just looking for tips and/or experiences of others. Thanks


  • tina eldertina elder BradentonPosts: 218Member
    edited 27 August, 2009
    cody is the same way hes very hyper when he gets around kids he wants to play but he scares them cuz his nonsestop barking ways
  • Alex EngleAlex Engle Posts: 57Member
    edited 29 August, 2009
    Huck is not good with children at all, his sister (owned by a friend of mine) is also not the best. Aussies are reserved with strangers naturally, but if you're aussie just gets excited count yourself lucky. Huck was sort of a rescue he's been in three homes before I got him so he's more shy than if I would have been able to socialize him from a puppy since I got him at almost 5 months. They are going to be a herding dog it is in their nature to "communicate" and as I say "talk back". When Huck is at a disc dog trial and kids come into the picture he'll often grab his disc from wherever it is and hide in his his sister if my memory serves me correctly will bark and get very "hyper". The only advice I can give you is to crate her if she gets too rough with kids(when you do this it takes away what they want in a "time out" like situation this will usually stop the behavior). That's what I tell owners that come into the hospital with Aussies with that question...usually the dog is getting hyper to the point that the owner is afraid of their dog injuring the child by accident. Good Luck!
  • Sherry BodinSherry Bodin Hood CanalPosts: 2,746Member
    edited 30 August, 2009
    Maggie is good with kids, as long as they are throwing a ball and follow the game rules. She has had a few teeth hand contacts, but that was due to improper handling on the kids part (reaching in to take the ball and teasing her). If kids are in the house they are fine if they are not going crazy, Maggie is a busy dog and knows that house time is more mellow play time (if not sleep time)...but when if kids start acting sporadic she will either try to herd them into another room or just get really wound up. Porter on the other hand is iffy around kids. He is very unsure about them - but then again he hasn't had much positive interaction with them yet.
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