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Changes in the bark?

I thought that Balen had a slightly more "high pitched" bark than the average GSD until recently. His bark has seemed to get "bigger" and deeper overnight.

Just curious as to why the change? I thought that at his age, his bark was his bark. Does a bark "mature" at a certain age or is he "choosing" to bark with a deeper bark???

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-13-2012, 02:57 PM
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I've noticed as my dog matures it adds a 'serious' voice to it's bark. Just as I can tell when my dogs are barking when the horses are too close to the fence, I can tell when they are barking when someone pulls into the driveway.

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"Serious" was the word I was looking for. That better describes this "new" bark. I was just curious, since the "scenario" really hasnt changed, just the bark, lol.

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As mentioned, his self-confidence is coming out. Also how old is Balen? Some dogs don't mature until much, much later (like, four or five years of age).

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As mentioned, his self-confidence is coming out. Also how old is Balen? Some dogs don't mature until much, much later (like, four or five years of age).

He is estimated to be about 15 months. Is self confidence one of those things that can just "turn on" at a certain age for certain dogs? When I got him, he seemed like he was weak nerved and lacked self confidence. I figured it was due to his sketchy past and possibly less than stellar breeding. I was prepared for him to stay that way.

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I've personally seen rescues gain confidence in their new environments and it seems as though their entire personality has changed. It's not the same as judging a dog that you've had since it was 8 weeks old. You may not see their 'true' temperament until later on. I'd say in the coming months, you'll see 'who' Balen really is.

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Over the weekend when my oldest dog was at the groomer, the GSD found her big girl bark. Usually its only a couple little barks, then its over. Not to mention that my older dog feels that she is the one and the only one that can bark..so the other two kinda stay in the back ground. Well since she was on her own, she barked and I don't know where it came from. I think she was just as shocked as us. She sounded like she was 120 pound dog. I just kinda smiled and thought to myself...she has found herself

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Different situations call for different barks. I'm sure you'll still hear that high pitched bark even though you've now heard the deeper bark.
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Is self confidence one of those things that can just "turn on" at a certain age for certain dogs?
I don't think of it that way...as plenty of dogs can come from shelter environments without a blink of an eye. Others...not so much.
I suspect he's always going to have issues of some sort (how's his separation anxiety, btw?) but now he's comfortable in your home.
Dogs like this, if shifted yet again (a move, or a new owner, back to a shelter, etc.), often relapse.
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