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For those of you following our pet adoption thread, this is the newest addition to our family, Sunday, a 1 1/2 year old Australian Shepherd. She was given up to a high kill shelter (and a breed rescue then took her) because she has a habit of jumping on people that we’re working on and she’s doing quite well. She’s 35 lbs, so it’s not dangerous but we are working on it.
We’re also finding out that’s she’s a bit of an excited/submissive peer – completely housetrained, but when she comes out of her crate to get attention or when she goes somewhere new, she pees a tiny bit (often in a few spots.) We’re working on this but any suggestions would be great!
A picture from when we took her to the dog beach the first day we got her –
Post # 3
So cute! She looks a little different than other Australian Shepherds I have seen before.
Post # 4
no advice, but I wanted to tell you congrats! So cute.
Post # 5
Awe she is too cute! Congrats!
Post # 6
My Fiance has a blue heeler (really similar to Aus. sheppard) My only advice is you HAVE to be very consistent with your discipline. His dog is 11 and he gives him no discipline and he is a terror! With me, on the other hand, I am very strict with him and he respects and listens to me very well. One time when my Fiance and I started dating, his dog nearly pulled my belly button ring out because he jumped on me and caught his hang claw on my ring. NOT fun lol. So just be consistent and she will be a great dog.
Post # 7
Sunday is just too sweet! Congrats @lilyfaith!!
Post # 8
So cute! I love her face and muzzle – it looks very much like a little fox face 🙂 so cute
Post # 9
Congrats-she’s adorable! As for the submissing peeing thing..I would never pet our dog when he immediately was let out of the crate. I would take him right outside and then pet him, love him and praise him when he went potty. That’s just my two cents…he was too excited when being let out of the crate and I had been told by others to take him right outside without petting him or anything..see if that works.
She’s so cute! 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
YAY!!! Congratulations on your new little sweetie – I am so happy for you! 🙂
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@MissAsB – she’s a blue merle, while most Aussies are either black and white or red merle and white, or even blue merle and white. So it makes her look a bit different! She looks kind of like a little wolf. 🙂
She’s been responding really well to everything with the jumping (we don’t let her do it at all) I just don’t know how to curb the submissive peeing more. Maybe time will help, coupled with what we are doing?
Post # 14
awww lilyfaith! she’s so adorable! i am so jealous that you live near a dog beach! those are non-existant in MI 🙁
Post # 15
Aww so cute!
My beloved cocker spaniel used to have a submissive uriniation issue. She would piddle whenever someone would come inside the front door.
The good news is- she grew out of it at about age 3.
Our solution leading up to that point was to ignore her when you walk in the door and instruct guests to do the same. It is so hard, becuase you are also excited to see your dog too.
Just pretend the dog isn’t there. After about 5 minutes or so when the dog is calm, you can greet the dog and give her some pats on the head.
Post # 16
@missjyc – I know, it’s awesome! We are so lucky with all the resources we have (dog parks, the dog beach, so many places to go on walks, etc)
@smith207 – that’s good to hear, although I hope she doesn’t take that long to outgrow it! Maybe it’s because she’s still adjusting to everything that it’s happening, but we don’t even have to be coming home for it to happen… if she wants attention and we go over to her area, she gets so excited that she pees a little.
Right now, we’re trying to just ignore her when she gets that excited. But it’s hard because she’s such a sweetheart. We’ve also tried adjusting our body language (not staring at her, squatting down to pet her, etc).