Australian Cattle Dog Q&A

Hi, me and my partener have had our red speckle Australian cattle dog for about a month, she is 5 months old and has a lovely playful character. Its only taken a couple weeks to get her fully house trained, and it didn't take long for us to realise how intelligent she is. We expect her to do naughty things some times as she is so young, but her behaviour is defiantly worse with me. After reading about some of you're experiences it soon became clear that she sees Sam (my partner) as the leader of the pack. Some times he only has to look at her to get her to behave, but she just wont listen to me no matter how firm i am with her. Iv tried everything. its almost as if she thinks me being female is my weakness. She has never gone to bite me, but does growl sometime when i tell her no, followed by her jumping and nipping trying to play. please help me as i love her dearly but feel nervous with her on my own sometimes. Thanks x

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If she touches you with her mouth to correct you, you should mimic her bite with your hand. By giving a swift firm touch back almost like a poke, but not hard or harsh. Work with her on obediance and fun tricks by yourself as this will improve your relationship with her and help show her you are also the leader of the pack and it will help you earn her respect. Make sure you walk her everyday, during these walks make sure she is either beside you or behind trotting along. This will also support your position of pack leader.


Hello, I'm mom to a female red speckle ACD named Sadie. We have had Sadie since she was 16 weeks old and she'll be two in August. My thinking is your having issues because you are nervous not because you are a woman. You have to be willing to show her that she can't control you, I do NOT mean hit or mistreat your dog. I think you should take some time without Sam to leash walk her, throw her ball around, be the one that feeds her and gives her treats. When you tell her no don't get emotional just be firm in what you are saying, also constancy is a must. I have always been the one Sadie listens to above everyone so again I think your dog is just testing the boundaries. We were having issue with Sadie trying to bully our youngest son Matt., before Sadie's behavior became a real problem I started having Matt hold the leash when we went on walks, Matt would be the one to feed Sadie, and we would all throw ball as a family but Sadie tried to resist Matt having control she wouldn't take him the ball therefor when Sadie would bring me the ball I would hand it to Matt, it took a little bit for Sadie to finally just start taking the ball to Matt. After a few weeks of showing Sadie that Matt was allowed control over her not the other way around we've had no issues and Sadie now treats Matt with the same respect and loyalty as the rest of the family. The growling is just another way she's trying to control you or she may just be a talker. i know that sounds strange but Sadie has several different growls some are playful some are a warning. With your red only being five months you could nip these small issues fairly quick and easily, remember this breed is super smart and beyond loyal. Good luck and let me know how it's going. Nikcole


When owning a breed like an ACD, it is really important to know all breed characteristics. ACD's are famous for linking to one person and bond tightly. That DOES NOT mean you can't bond with the dog yourself. I agree with the other post, that your nervousness is being picked up by your dog. In all of my training classes, it is important to stand straight up and tall. Non-verbal communication is just as important as verbal. I would suggest that you take the dog to obedience class. Not your partner, but you. Training a dog to do anything, like agility, obedience, security, is a great way to bond the with animal. Plus you will learn how to be an effective handler. When I help train dogs, I start off by saying, I am here to train you, and the dog is going to help me. Be patient, but the more you take on the care and maintenance of this dog, the more the dog will see you as an equal to your partner.


When owning a breed like an ACD, it is really important to know all breed characteristics. ACD's are famous for linking to one person and bond tightly. That DOES NOT mean you can't bond with the dog yourself. I agree with the other post, that your nervousness is being picked up by your dog. In all of my training classes, it is important to stand straight up and tall. Show assertiveness with your non verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is just as important as verbal. I would suggest that you take the dog to obedience class. Not your partner, but you. Training a dog to do anything, like agility, obedience, security, is a great way to bond with the animal. Plus you will learn how to be an effective handler. When I help train dogs, I start off by saying, I am here to train you, and the dog is going to help me. Be patient, but the more you take on the care and maintenance of this dog, the more the dog will see you as an equal to your partner.



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