My uncle's family has a two year old "miniature" aussie. The dog came from a pet store, is still not neutered, and is very nervous and hard to control, making him unpleasant to be around. He is usually shifty-eyed, breathing rapidly, and often unresponsive to commands. He also has a barking problem especially with strangers, and dog...
My uncle's family has a two year old "miniature" aussie. The dog came from a pet store, is still not neutered, and is very nervous and hard to control, making him unpleasant to be around. He is usually shifty-eyed, breathing rapidly, and often unresponsive to commands. He also has a barking problem especially with strangers, and dog aggression with certain larger dogs. He can also be possessive of food. Basically, he is a mess. Although I should add that he does know a fair amount of tricks, and can respond well when being obedient and calmer.
The family has kids that don't help the matter (although they know not to touch him when he has a toy or food). The household is always loud and busy, and he gets no stable routine. He doesn't get nearly enough hours of walks each day, and they live in the city, so he never gets off-leash time either. They know he needs more exercise, but walking him is so difficult because he constantly pulls, it isn't something they can prioritize on. Same goes for training. Unfortunately they tend to raise their voices around him, and at him, and a lot of rough handling ends up taking place. I have seen them raise their arms around in a threatening manner, which makes him flinch or cower away. Nothing good for his nervousness I can imagine.
Anyway, from what I can see, the problem is simply that they are not cut out for this type of dog. He needs a lot more exercise and firm, calm handling. He also needs to be neutered. If it were me, I would probably find him a new family living in a rural home. So far, anything I have been suggesting has been overlooked, maybe because I'm no expert on the matter. But maybe someone else can help. From reading this, am I right to assume everything? Am I missing anything? What can be done? Any links, tools, books, experiences? Anything will help, I really just feel bad for the little guy. His family loves him too, they really just don't know any better.
Also what kind of tools can be used to help making walks easier on him and the walker?