Many things can cause sudden aggression in a dog, and its reasons vary depending on the breed of the dog and its personality.
In this blog post, we will explore some possible causes of aggression in blue heelers and deal with them.
Today’s Heelers: Smart, Fast, and Tenacious
The tenacity and willingness of these dogs to do anything for their master is quite incredible. Their eagerness to learn enables their masters to train them in all aspects of herding cattle. Their speed and ability to control and turn the cattle with a little nip or two saves the owners many hours of extra labour.
Heelers often work a herd following their masters instructions in the form of whistles and simple commands, without the master needing to otherwise intervene himself.
Titan with his toys. He has about 15, and knows most by name.
All dogs need correct feeding, proper veterinary care and vaccinations. Here are some other considerations for Blue Heelers.
Because Blue Heelers are working dogs, they need to be given regular exercise. Take them to the park and throw a ball or frisbee for them to chase. Remember to take the doggy-doo bags with you for those little emergencies. With the advent of climate change, they suggest we all use paper bags now.
Beware: Never stand between the ball and the dog, or he will knock you flying to get to the ball. I have personally experienced this, ending up flat on my face on the ground. My husband thought it was funny at the time; actually it probably was, from where he was standing.
This is another reason why Heelers need obedience training, to keep them under control at all times while in the park. (Read more on this below.)
Take good care of your dog. A dog that is loved will look after you and want to protect you. A dog ill-treated can react badly, whether to the owner or another person.
So remember, aggressive behavior has more than one possible cause; it may be that an aggressive dog was ill-treated by his master, but it may be that he loves his master and wants to protect him. Look after your dog and he will be loyal to you.
Working Dogs Give Their All for Their Masters
I know from experience that working dogs like Australian Cattle dogs will give their all as they do everything they can to please their masters.
Jumping up and down on vehicles day after day will take their toll on their strong bodies, mainly their legs. It is as though they do not feel pain. I have seen my dog wrap himself around our clothes hoist while chasing a ball. Yet he did not give up the chase, nor did he show any pain.
How to keep your pet entertained with toys, treats, and games
Your pet likely doesn’t speak or understand English, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost all understanding of our moods.
Make sure to greet them with a smile!
This will be a wonderful way to show your pet you care about them and put a smile on their furry faces.
It’s important to note that anything can be used as a toy for your pet, so don’t fret about the messes toys may make in your house.
Find items from around the house that you could use as entertainment for your pet.
Fill up his food bowl, toss him a ball, or roll out her favorite blanket for them!
Other pet owners recommend giving your pets a treat or two, even if they aren’t hungry.
This will help them associate good things with food and make mealtime more exciting for both of you!
Last but not least, play games with your little one!
Your furry friend likely enjoys the sound of laughter just as much as the rest of us, so why not engage them in a game of peek-a-boo?
This is also an excellent way to bond with your pet.
Remember that when you are playing with your pet, it is the animal’s instinct to pounce and attack.
Make sure he doesn’t have anything in his mouth before setting him loose on an old sheet or blanket!
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