|08-12-2013 03:37 AM|
|carmspack||she was hackling and that is showing unsure.|
|08-12-2013 02:59 AM|
|kirsten||My puppy was barking what seemed like a lot 16-17 weeks of age. Prior to that she didn't make a peep. I think she was just testing her voice and yes getting naturally a little guardish. She would bark in the middle of the night at noises. The past few days she has quieted down and hasn't made a peep. When she barked I just told and reassured her everything was okay.|
|08-12-2013 02:34 AM|
Also I an pretty much always told how great her temperment is? Honestly from the vet, dog trainer and strangers today were amazed at how calm she was when I was trying harness after harness on her lol! I took her paddle boarding at 16 weeks, take her to the rec center, take her everywhere pretty much. She is not my first dog and that's why I find her behaviour interesting- I know a scared unsure dog, and I just know that's not what it is. It's hard to explain lol.
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|08-12-2013 02:27 AM|
I should have added that she was not barking at people who knocked (she can't see through the curtain) she was barking at the sound of the knock! She is very socialized and never stops wanting to meet new people or dogs thats the funny thing with her. I open the curtain and shes happy as ever! She really is not a timid dog... She handles thunder and lightning- even fireworks! I would understand her barking at sounds and then panicing and running or pacing esp cause she is so young. But she doesn't. Just barks :S
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|08-11-2013 10:00 AM|
This is the age our pups all go thru their fear stages, so encouraging may be making your dog think YES the world is a scary place and YES everyone passing by is horrible!!!!
Living in a world full of fear and constantly on the alert is NOT something we want our dogs to live with. Plus our neighbors don't appreciate the irrational barking at EVERYTHING either.
I don't leave my dog out unattended much the first year, better I be there for guidance to look at the 'scary' and go it's fine, knock off the barking and lets go inside for some trick training/fun and get our minds off the whatever.
SOCIALIZE SOCIALIZE SOCIALIZE both in the home and outside so your pup CAN start becoming a calm confident puppy realizing the world is generally a wonderful place with people who pet, give treats or just ignore them.
A happy, smart, well adjusted puppy will make a calm and confident ADULT dog who can make those better decisions on what is 'normal' and not from a smart place. Not a fearful place that also gets the friends, family, plumber and repairmen bitten.
Do this --- > http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...pies-dogs.html
|08-11-2013 09:48 AM|
|carmspack||allow the dog to be well adjusted , normal -- hackling is a sign of high arousal , which may include fear . instead of encouraging or praising break the spell and calm her down .|
|08-11-2013 04:03 AM|
17 Week old...already turning into a lil guard dog!?
I have a 17 week old lil German Shep mix mutt and she is not afraid of people AT ALL!!! I mean not in the slightest! And I had little hope that she would be a good natural "guard dog" like my last dog...but she is now starting to bark and raise her hackles in our yard if she hears something. Also she barked when people came to my door. Which I like, nothing in her body language said she was barking cause she was scared...it was like a stand her ground bark face and body leaning forward and then when my visitors came in she was fine! Just asking for opinions if this is normal for a 17 week old? Anyone else have a pup like this?