My dog has learned to not nip me or my family, but we have renters who live in our basement and there are often people in our yard who the dog doesn't know. What can I do to train my dog to not nip or chase strangers?
Thanks for the question. Rocky is right at the adolescent stage and this is when the headstrong Aussie starts to assert themselves and seek direction. Australian Shepherds do well with instruction; in fact, they thrive on having a leader that they can look up to. But, a leader is indeed needed or the Aussie will see fit to take charge. Aussies require obedience training to be happy and well behaved. Remember, they are a working dog by nature and have very keen minds. Take Rocky to Obedience Classes - and if you have already passed the Beginner level, then work toward level 2 all the way through to Advanced. You'll have the smartest and most well behaved dog on the block! The socialization of being in the classes will allow Rocky to get used to strangers. Before you know it, his nipping and desire for dominance will settle. Aussies need lots of mental stimulation (games, chew toys, puzzle toys) to make a well-rounded dog. In the meantime, when you take Rocky outside when strangers are in the yard, have him on a leash so that an unfortunate incident does not occur. Good luck!
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