Bad Nerves, immaturity, aggression?
Kato is 6 months old (almost 7 months now) and has been great but occassionally he shows strange behavoir, either aggression or nerves. He is generally very confident but SOMETIMES can get a little nervey around strangers. He is usually very outgoing when I take him places and I take him places a lot.
He will generally be friendly to people (gives kisses etc) once introduced but even after seemingly accepting them, he will not completely trust everyone even if he is around them a lot. I've noticed it can take a week or more with certain people (daughter) before he truly accepts them. Other people he seems to trust right off the bat (my mom).
Sometimes he gets upset at people that come into my office or another room. It seems random and it can be anyone. For instance, he loves my wife to death and spends a fair amount of time around her. Yet yesterday he yipped when she entered my office. This is the first time he has yipped at her like that (but he has yipped at other people occassionally). He did not growl or bark but just let out a high pitched yip. He was lying down at the time but not asleep or surprised by her. Then she was standing behind me looking at something over my shoulder and he was lying down under my desk getting upset, whiney, agitated and focused on her as she leaned closer to me. When she reached over my shoulder to point to something on the ipad I was holding he started to get up and go towards her until my leg stopped him. He was not going to bite but he was clearly agitated/excited. I think he was being protective. But given how he loves my wife so much its very surprising to see him act like that. Is it just immaturity or nerves?
He also yipped at my sister the other day. They had just met and he was lying down when she got up to get something. He yipped and then got up and moved. He is not snapping when he yips, he is just letting out a high pitched yip as though he is upset or as if he snapped. He did the same thing with my daughter a couple of times back when we first got him.
I keep an eye on him and note these weird behavoirs. But I am wondering if you would call that bad nerves and what you would do about it? I socialize and work him a lot. Is it a case of bad nerves, immaturity, aggression, or what? I am just a little concerned that he may grow into a dog that could bite someone reactively.