01-27-2018, 10:06 PM
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I also have an Aussie, and two pit mixes (one is also mixed with a herding breed but does not act like it, at all). The pitties get along wonderfully together. They tug with each other, chase, wrestle, and just generally have the same play style. My Aussie likes to herd and will shoulder-bump them and try to take them down by their hind legs, and will bark at them if they don't include her in their play. I work on Sophie's recall A LOT, and can now recall her off of the other dogs when she starts to pester them. Then I throw a ball for her instead. We've also started her on sheep (found a local herding trainer) and she is so much more manageable now that she has an appropriate outlet for her instincts. I also take her back to her breeder's so that she can be around other Aussies who share the same rough style of play. Maybe find a sport and/or set up some playdates with dogs that play similarly?
As for stealing another dog's treats, I definitely would not allow that to continue. When Sophie was a young puppy, Ringo would steal whatever toy she was playing with. I'd call Sophie to me and reward her, then trade Ringo for the toy and put it up. Now Sophie's the one who tries to do it (new development) and I do the same thing. As well as feeding high-value treats separately so no one feels like that have to guard it.
Impulse control is great for so many different things. Definitely worth working on.