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Puppy Aggressive When Disciplined

What should I do about my Australian Shepherd puppy who aggressively barks at me after my disciplining him?

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September 17, 20180 found this helpful

I would speak to the puppy in a soft voice and praise him when he doesn't bark. Try to ignore the barking and he will get the hint that if he wants positive attention, he cannot bark at you.

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September 17, 20180 found this helpful

I always suggest a quick vet check for any dog that has any aggressive behaviors....often times aggressive behavior is a result of a health issue...including bad teeth, ear issues, overgrown nails digging into the pads, etc.

If the pup gets a clean bill of health and the issue only happens when disciplining the pup, ask your vet for advice. It could be your voice is at a pitch that hurts the pups ears (my Clarence has extremely sensitive hearing and even the loudest noises cause him to react.

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There are lots of videos and tutorials out there for how to discipline a pup...Ausies are very, very smart dogs (we had two living next door and they were smarter than I was!). Yours should learn quickly once you find the best method (here are a few sample videos):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOjbOvE90_g

www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl_1dSBmpmk

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September 19, 20180 found this helpful

You have a very smart dog. I would look at different training methods and choose one that emphasizes positive reinforcement and cooperation. Avoid a lot of correction and discipline. Any heavy handed methods will cause you problems with this dog. Make sure he gets a lot of exercise. A working dog that is bored becomes a problem. Remember discipline is training, not punishment.

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