Snooze, cuddle, snuggle, ATTACK!!!
December 1, 2012 9:15 PM Subscribe
What advice do you have for raising a happy, healthy and sane Australian Cattle Dog? We just adopted an 5 & 1/2 month old ACD/mixed breed puppy from a shelter and for the most part, she is a dream come true. She does have many of the less-pleasant but totally normal puppy behaviors like mouthing/biting when playing. We were told that she is a little socially delayed because she had diarrhea when she was transfered in from a high-kill shelter a few weeks ago. Treating the diarrhea threw off her vaccination & spay schedule, so she hasn't had much of a chance to socialize with other dogs and people until now.
posted by echolalia67 to Pets & Animals (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
cme home with us yesterday and it's been a doggy-people lovefest for the past 24 hours. I know that I need to address the mouthing/play biting ASAP because she can get pretty rough. I was told to be gentle when trying to train a herding breed because they are very sensitive and can get very distressed when their human appears to be angry with them. She came with an avalanche of pamphlets, booklets and handouts, all of which will be read promptly. However, I'd really like to hear from the part of the hivemind that lives with and loves Australian Cattle Dogs.