Australian Cattle Dog
DoB: January 23, 2012
HERDING INSTINCT: Unknown
ISSUES: NOT good with cats, leash reactivity, nervous around strangers, unknown as to how she is around children
Maui is somewhat reserved around strangers and new dogs. She spent the first few days just observing the routine from the kitchen or from her crate, only willing to go outside by herself. However, she has now chosen her play group & comes & goes like everyone else but she does not like to be surprised at the door by a dog she was not expecting & can be very territorial, even if they are dogs she knows.
Now that she is comfortable, her cattle dog attributes are showing - she tends to nip/grab hind legs of other dogs as part of her play, she is not good around the cat & she likes to yip in excitement. She is polite around people though, & does not jump up or nibble on finger tips like most cattle dogs we know.
She is pretty good in the house (if the cat is in hiding), comfortable in her crate, likes some toys but not others, enjoys her treats & some attention.
Maui was owner surrendered because the owner's degenerating health issues were making leash walks more & more difficult to manage. Maui has some leash aggression issues which, apparently, were worse when her owner walked her than when others walked her. The suspicion is that Maui, although not a trained service dog, was keenly aware of when her owner was having a physically difficult day & would be hyper sensitive to others approaching them while on a walk.
As is often the case with leash aggression, once it happens, owners become worried about it happening again or escalating, & that worry travels down the leash which increases the dog's reactivity (as the owner is confirming that there is something to be worried about when someone approaches).
It is not clear how she is around children. The owner found she was nervous and nippy around them but when walked by others, they did not notice that she was any more nervous than usual around people she didn't know.