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03-24-2014 08:46 PM
Benny Boo's Mommy Thanks, Eiros! also, Shade, I didn't see any injuries, but will re-check. He doesn't show much pain when he gets hurt, so will be thorough with checking him.
03-24-2014 08:39 AM
Eiros Sounds like something might have spooked him in the walk, and he was maybe on edge the rest of the night.

I don't have a lot of insight, but one thing I would make sure NOT to do is pet the dog for a fear response, or any undesirable behavior. This is essentially a reward and teaches the dog that the behavior is the appropriate response to the stimulus.

Hopefully you get this figured out

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03-24-2014 08:33 AM
Shade I'd say if Delgado reacted that way while outside I'd say he's either reacting something I'm not noticing or hurt by something and by the rest of the evening I'd go with hurt possibly. Did you check him over for any injuries when he got home?
03-24-2014 08:07 AM
Benny Boo's Mommy Uh, no offense, but...I don't really think my dog freaking out on a walk and then growling at my kid makes my dog a "certified family protector"...I'm just trying to find out if anyone has heard of dogs having panic attacks.

Anyone heard of actual panic attacks/fright? Thanks.
03-24-2014 01:19 AM
BowWowMeow Is it possible that something bit your dog?
03-23-2014 11:49 PM
TigervTeMar yea it definitely does sound like something spooked him. so i guess be glad you have such a watchful guard dog, hopefully this never happens again. it doesn't sound like he would have hurt your son since he didn't realize it was him initially. he's now a certified family protector
03-23-2014 11:19 PM
Benny Boo's Mommy Oh, also, when Ben started barking and growled, my husband did get up and put his arms around him, but we didn't scold him or anything. He just quieted him down and then we asked if our son was okay, he said yes, and then we told him to go take a shower. I went in and talked to him and he said he was "a little" scared, but that he thought Ben must have been just waking up and not realizing.

We just sat around after that (my husband and I) and Ben went back to laying down, although he did pace a little first. Then my son came back out after his shower and sat beside me on the couch. Ben whined a few times, then got up and walked over to lick my son's hands.

He seemed like he wanted to go outside, so my husband took him out and I sent my son to bed while they were outside. When they came back in, Ben paced around a little, but I dimmed the lights and he went right to sleep again.

I think something scared him pretty badly, but I don't know what.
03-23-2014 11:13 PM
Benny Boo's Mommy
Could be..

He's around 14 months or so. We got him at aged 9 mos (estimated) from the pound. We've had him since October and we don't know his history. The most they could tell us is that he was picked up as a wandering stray. We do know that he was emaciated and we spent the first two months just getting him to a healthy weight. He doesn't seem to have been physically abused, though, as he is never afraid of sticks, or flying objects (balls), or people. He loves young men especially.

He's a well-socialized boy, as we take him to the dog park literally every day. We've had a lot of compliments on his good-naturedness; he's literally known for his sweet personality. He is good with small dogs, big dogs, and people.

I mean, he _was_ nervous/uncertain the first two weeks or so that we had him, but I feel like he's quite secure these days. He's never afraid to go new places or meet new people. He's a friendly guy and loves to lick and snuffle little kids when they ask to pet him if we're out in the park or whatever; also he's always been very good about letting my son hug him and kiss his head and stuff like that. That's why I'm so weirded out by this.
03-23-2014 11:00 PM
TigervTeMar czarina that's very insightful, I didn't even consider it. she may also have heard or smelled something that got her agitated. don't show fear if your dog shows aggression towards anyone in your family and don't treat her any differently (not that you did). go sit by her and pet her or call her over for dinner even if it isn't time. if she doesn't want to move just sit by her and watch tv or read a book for a little bit. if she's scared or agitated you need to show her that the situation is always OK. don't let her fear dictate the mood. it sounds like your husband did the right thing on the walk.

talking to her in that 'hello baby, who's a good baby' tone could also work because addressing her like an adorable puppy is totally at odds with being afraid. again, just you set a good mood and never show that you are freaked out by anything she does. you are the always calm, all-knowing all-seeing being.
03-23-2014 10:52 PM
SunCzarina There was something your husband didn't see. How old is the dog?
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