|Barked: Sat Jun 1, '13 5:57pm PST |
|Hi, looking for a little advice here...
Very recently my family and I adopted a 1 1/2 year old Australian Cattle Dog mix (they said with an Australian Shepherd) after losing our last dog, Kiya, to cancer two years ago. Unsurprisingly she's full of lots and lots of energy, which is great! I have been reading and learning a lot since we got her on the 17th, as I currently am not in school or work. So, I've been working hard to give her routine, three walks a day, and practice tricks with her. She's very smart and picks things up incredibly fast! Her manners aren't great but as a family we've been working on them with her patiently and positively. Already, Lilo has started to grow comfortable around us and is sweet to us. She enjoys being pet and talked to.
However, for only having her for such a short time, there have already been a handful of incidents that have me concerned. As I learned on one of my first walks with her, she doesn't do well with bikes. She will launch herself at them, and if they are at a distance, bark in a frenzy. On that first walk, she pulled a little boy off his bike when he was passing us on the sidewalk and started tugging on his pant leg! :'( She didn't bite him which I'm so thankful for, but I feel so bad for the little boy. It was really embarrassing.
There has been some small progress, and I've tried to redirect/distract her attention on walks when I spy bikes (that I now actively search for) with treats and making a game of having her do tricks as we walk. And then a neighbor pulled out of his driveway with his bike and, though across the street, she tried to launch herself at him. I bumped her side accidently because she has a tendency to get underfoot and she turned around, growled at me, and latched onto my leg and started biting me. It didn't break the skin but afterward she didn't seem to realize she had done a bad thing.
Then, my brother was out in the backyard playing with her. She doesn't understand fetch yet (we're trying to teach her the drop command), but she likes to try and bury toys. My brother went over to try and pick up the toy and she jumped up and bit him, and it broke skin. She's not exhibited any kind of toy aggression (we play with her a lot!) so we're not sure if it was aggressive or her being too rough during play. Which she is culprit of, and very mouthy/nippy to boot. She has "mouthed" me so hard a few times it left a bruise.
And for a last incident which happened just today, i went into the yard with her to practice some tricks (I'd already given her two walks and a play with the kong stuff-a-ball we bought her) and she started running around wildly. I figured she needed to burn off a little of the excitement so I let her do her thing while I watched. Eventually she came over to me and we practiced a sit and stay once successfully. The second time when I released her and invited her over for her treat, she darted past me and started running wild again. Except this time each time she came near me she would charge at my ankles and growl at me before darting away. I started to take slow steps backward, towards the backdoor when her back was turned, watching her. This persisted till I was near the backdoor and she launched herself at me and tried to bite my wrist!
I have had a herding dog in the past (Border Collie mix) but I'm not sure if this is herding or something else? Or both? :'( I'm very concerned for Lilo, mine, my families, and strangers safety. Her energy level can be absolutely insane, to the point she will sometimes hurt herself; blood shot eyes, coughing, choking, because she will bark herself hoarse and strain herself (we are also working on the barking and shes making improvements!). We took her to the vet for her routine check up and had her looked at for these things and the vet said it was likely to be her high energy level that was the culprit.
I don't know what to do, or if what I'm doing is correct; any suggestions? Help?
Edited by author Sat Jun 1, '13 7:27pm PST
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