|08-19-2013 10:10 PM|
|Mabel Mae Poppins||Thank you so much for the info! She sure fooled me, but everything you said makes sense. We want a level and sweet dog, so I want to have as much info as possible going forward. Thanks again!|
|08-19-2013 02:32 PM|
I wouldn't encourage this... it's NOT protective, it's fear. Dogs like this because reactive and can turn into complete nerve bags if you pat them on the back for doing so. I'd definitely start to socialize and nip that in the butt right away.
I have a dog that was reactive from day 1 (rescued at 3.5 months). I thought I did a good job in stopping the behavior, but I must not have... or maybe there was nothing that could have helped this dog... who knows. She continues to get worse. It started out with barking/growling at the neighbor's dogs, then at the neighbors when they got home or left for work. Eventually it escalated to the mail trucks, to any cars, to planes overhead.... then to birds and critters outside.... and now to absolutely nothing. She runs around my house, hugging the floor... hackles up, growling, barking, drooling, and shaking. She goes nuts when I turn on music, or the TV, or my phone rings. If you hit the counter too hard with something, or accidently hit the wall... She goes nuts. She's an extreme case, and I'm not saying your pup will end up exactly like this.... but, that's where it all starts. Do your best to stop it as much as you can now, so hopefully the dog can be a more normal adult. Zira right now is a candidate for medication (our vet is still looking into things), and eventually with all her issues... it looks like we'll have to make that final horrible decision. She's a complete nut case, and her fears are getting extreme. She's also turned it into aggression with dogs... and we're afraid it'll be on humans next.
Fear aggression, and other fear relation issues are not something to take lightly or just blow off... and certainly not to encourage. That growl and bark may someday turn into a nip.... and possible from there, a full on attack. Although we like to look at our dogs as protectors and tough guys.... that side doesn't come out until maturity hits. Any younger than that, it's done out of fear.
Good luck to you and your pup, I wish you both the best. Hopefully, with him being so young, you can stop this, add some socialization with him and end up with a happy mature adult.
|08-19-2013 10:44 AM|
Sure, in this situation, it was a strange dog (on the NEIGHBOR's property), but if the puppy being fearful of all dogs it doesn't know is encouraged, then you're going to have a dog-reactive mess on your hands. Rather, encourage confidence in the puppy, so that when he matures, he can discern between what is a threat (a strange dog on your property) and what is not (a strange dog being walked down the road) and be protective in an appropriate manner.
|08-19-2013 10:34 AM|
Strange animal in your yard? Dog barks and gets aggressive? GOOD BOY!
If you find this to be a problem, I will gladly give your dog a home on a mountain in Montana.
|08-19-2013 09:25 AM|
|Chip Blasiole||Your dog is being overly defensive due to insecurity. I don't believe in fear periods. You will end up with a dog aggression problem if you don't address it correctly.|
|08-19-2013 08:26 AM|
People often mistake fearful behavior for protective behavior especially in puppies, but also in adults. This is a common age for fearful behavior to start-- you can't tell by the tone of her bark. Puppies this age will not be protective, they are just babies and have no idea what it even means. It's basically a "I'm going to warn you before you get me" sort of mentality, because she didn't know this dog, his scent, etc... and accordingly, saw him as a threat. Keep up with obedience and fun, confidence building exercises like teaching tricks, etc. Keep everything fun, fun, fun, so she feels like she is a rock start 100% of the time.
A lot of people feel the need to shove their puppies around every strange dog they can to socialize, but it's often a mistake and can seriously overwhelm the puppy and have the opposite effect (I made this mistake). While positive, structured socialization with other dogs is important, probably more important is working on keeping her focus on YOU when other dogs are around and teaching her to ignore them. Teach her that she doesn't need to care about the other dogs, because she has you.
|08-19-2013 12:44 AM|
|Mabel Mae Poppins||
Protective Behavior at 13 Weeks?
We have a 13 week old female who we've been trying to socialize properly. She has been exposed to different types of dogs at farmer's markets, etc. She has been a bit timid, but has been friendly and wanting to play with them all.
Today a stray dog entered our neighbor's yard, and our puppy saw it through our fence. She immediately started barking and growling at a lower pitch than I've ever heard from her before. She stood beside me and barked until it ran off.
This was not a scared or playful bark. She was very, very definitely telling this dog it was not welcome.
The incredible thing is that when our neighbor's dog is out playing in their yard, she always sits and watches him very friendly and curiously.
She somehow knew this other dog was out of place and did something about it.
Is this normal at 13 weeks???? Everything I've read says protective behavior starts much, much later.