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My working line puppy is a bit sharper at night?

Hi, I have a 3.5 month old KNPV dutch shepherd X malinois puppy. He is very confident overall but I noticed when I take him out at night he's just a bit sharper to his surroundings. I live in a city so there are strange people walking by, weird noises and such. My guess is he is just young and not used to the environment as of yet. During the day-time nothing seems to faze him, he's social and confident. Should I just take him out more at night? Maybe do some night-time training sessions to get him comfortable? The other night a strange guy was walking down the street being very loud and my puppy barked and charged at him, lunging towards the guy as he walked away. My goal is to have him be a personal protection dog.
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Hi, I have a 3.5 month old KNPV dutch shepherd X malinois puppy. He is very confident overall but I noticed when I take him out at night he's just a bit sharper to his surroundings. I live in a city so there are strange people walking by, weird noises and such. My guess is he is just young and not used to the environment as of yet. During the day-time nothing seems to faze him, he's social and confident. Should I just take him out more at night? Maybe do some night-time training sessions to get him comfortable? The other night a strange guy was walking down the street being very loud and my puppy barked and charged at him, lunging towards the guy as he walked away. My goal is to have him be a personal protection dog.
He isn't showing sharpness or protective behavior at night but barks because he is insecure. You want him confident in the night like he is in daytime and avoid teaching him that barking and snarling solves his fear issues. Take him out at dusk to low key areas and play with him so he learns that the dark is not an issue. Gradually work him in darker and busier areas but increase one variable at a time. If he sees something that worries him, play with him and be calm, cool and collected with him. Don't go too fast with that puppy. A PP dog should not lunge and snarl without your consent. Is he in training?
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He isn't showing sharpness or protective behavior at night but barks because he is insecure. You want him confident in the night like he is in daytime and avoid teaching him that barking and snarling solves his fear issues. Take him out at dusk to low key areas and play with him so he learns that the dark is not an issue. Gradually work him in darker and busier areas but increase one variable at a time. If he sees something that worries him, play with him and be calm, cool and collected with him. Don't go too fast with that puppy. A PP dog should not lunge and snarl without your consent. Is he in training?
His first training session is this weekend. I wanted to begin sooner but my schedule was incredibly busy. I think he will begin teething pretty soon, he had a great full bite from day 1. I don't praise his barking at strangers, I'm calm and collected and I try to get his attention. In all fairness, the few times he reacted this way to strangers was because of some truly suspicious behavior. I sensed something was wrong and he did too. Also, I'm not going too fast with him, basically for the first month all I've been doing is getting him comfortable with his surroundings. I do basic obedience with him in crowded areas during the daytime, he tries to run up to people sometimes and just ask to be petted. He is very social but definitely has his typical KNPV puppy devil hours. He is independent and just a happy pup overall. I just wanted to know if there was anything I have to do with him to set him on the right track to being a good PPD.
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Take him out more at night and do basic obedience. Kona was a little unsure of strangers at night at first but after a short while she was fine and it doesn't phase her.
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