Protective Behavior at 13 Weeks?
We have a 13 week old female who we've been trying to socialize properly. She has been exposed to different types of dogs at farmer's markets, etc. She has been a bit timid, but has been friendly and wanting to play with them all.
Today a stray dog entered our neighbor's yard, and our puppy saw it through our fence. She immediately started barking and growling at a lower pitch than I've ever heard from her before. She stood beside me and barked until it ran off.
This was not a scared or playful bark. She was very, very definitely telling this dog it was not welcome.
The incredible thing is that when our neighbor's dog is out playing in their yard, she always sits and watches him very friendly and curiously.
She somehow knew this other dog was out of place and did something about it.
Is this normal at 13 weeks???? Everything I've read says protective behavior starts much, much later.