I have a heeler who is 4 yrs since he was 8 wks and he does the same thing with me and my cat(6yrs) they are not just herders their #1 priority is making sure that the ones they love are safe. because theyre smart you can break this by consistently calling her to you every time. start rewarding with a treat when she comes to you, and slowly wean off treats. coming will be her new task, and also this is a new "trick" to mentally stimulate. her protective instinct might becoming too strong due to lack of stimulation. i found with my a good collection of toys that all a different call name are a good distraction. when she starts to follow you can call her and request a certain toy. play with her for a few minutes, and then let her go. she will probably go lay down and entertain herself with the toy that you have made seem more prized to her than what your son is doing. heelers need consistent tasks, they are working dogs.
Answered by Anonymous - 1/14/2012 3:52:30 AM