Hi guys! Its exciting to see the breed forum is relatively active. : )
I'm a new mommy to an aussie, I adopted him officially from the shelter on August 5th after a trial month, and I love him to death. : ) I guess he was dropped off after a family bought him from a shady breeder who didn't inform them he was deaf/vision impaired. But he's a happy little guy, and you wouldn't know it. : )
For the most part his training has been pretty easy, he was an absolute terror when I first brought him home (Nipping to get your attention, stealing food off plates, bolting for doors, chewing things, walking on tables,) but he has VASTLY improved. He cannot seem to grasp hand commands (I think there is a possibility he just cannot see them well,) but when I switched to touch commands he seemed to respond really well.
One thing, though, is his leash training. He is starting to get better with the pulling...but when there is a bike or a car passing by...all bets are off the table. I know this is pretty par for the course with a herding breed, but I was wondering if there was any way you could break them from the habit, or if its something I'll just have to learn how to deal with. (I do believe you can train a dog to behave no matter what their instincts are, but I have had trouble with this. I've tried distracting him, giving him commands and treats to stay calm while a bike is coming, introducing him to bikers when they are kind enough to stop and greet him, and with little success so far.)
While he did not do so when I just got him from the shelter, he has started doing this with strangers as well, which confuses me because he never did this before. And I always allowed him to go up to strangers and greet them (if they wanted his attention,) and I've never seen one of them ever treat him badly, I just don't know why the attitude change. I'm just wondering what I did wrong. : (
But, all in all, I'm glad I was introduced to the Aussie breed, such lovable dogs! :c9
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