Whoops, posted too soon!
Anyways, he won't bark or growl unless something startles him.
We were in class and a friend of the trainer came in, wearing a big coat and a hat. He and a few other dogs barked, but even after a few minutes he was still not calming down. She was just walking around a little, and talking calmly to the trainer, but he was barking and growling long after all the other dogs had stopped. He was in a heel and didn't move until I put him in a down, he didn't snarl or lunge, nor pin his ears. He was, however, shaking like a leaf.
So my question is, was he afraid? It didn't look like fear (except the shaking) so was he trying to protect me?
I told him to leave it and tried to shift his focus to me, but it was a struggle. He was fine after we started up the training activities again.
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