Aggressive and Nippy Border/Aussie 15 week old Puppy

by Beverly F.

We now have a Border/Aussie rescue. We have been trying to work with him to instill dominance and have even consulted a trainer. However, we still see this aggressiveness and it has me a bit worried. For example, he becomes aggressive with my 9-year old son and begins biting him when he's just walking and/or starts aggressive growling and going after him if he tells our dog "no". He has also turned on me a couple of times when I made him go outside to go potty and took away his chew bone. He actually drew blood and would not let go of my hand. It really scares me because we are trying to let this dog know he is NOT dominant, but it does not always seem to work.

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Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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