|Barked: Sat Feb 25, '12 7:18am PST |
|I recently (about five weeks ago) acquired an ACD puppy. After years of happy Golden ownership, my fiance and I looked at sharing our lives with a different breed. The ACD was on our list and we got a great puppy from a great pair of parents. (He's 5 1/2 months old)
I am familiar with retriever mouthy behavior, but this is obviously different. He insists on nipping at my feet and herding me around, particularly if he has to go outside and we're headed toward the door. It's dangerous when he's around my 89-year-old grandmother and not loved when he's around the rest of us. I hate it, particularly when it's morning and I'm in my bare feet or shorts.
He's also become very vocally demanding and mouthy (chewing on me and nipping). I know he needs a ton of exercise (he's getting long walks in the morning and hours of play in the evening). We're working on training, etc.
I knew this was a breed characteristic, so I'm not overly frustrated with it or surprised by it. But I do want to figure out the best way to increase his gentleman self. He's smart and SO eager to please me. I'm sure we can figure this out, I'm just not sure of the best way.
Sorry this is so long. Thanks.
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