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kebarrett 04-21-2014 02:29 PM

16 weeks and Suddenly Afraid of Dogs
I've taken my puppy through puppy Meet-and-Greets, First Puppy Classes and many places where other dogs are being walked in controlled situations. I have two older, large dogs at home. We never had a problem until this week, when our pup suddenly became afraid of all the other dogs. His hackles go up and he barks at them. He even barked at a dog on a cardboard cut out on a sign in the pet food store. Everyone around was laughing but I was concerned at the sudden change. I backed off from taking him places with other dogs in case it is overwhelming him right now, but I need advice on how to proceed.

Chip18 04-21-2014 07:43 PM

You should find useful links in post 8:

Msmaria 04-21-2014 07:44 PM

Your pup could be going through a fear period right now. I wouldnt push him. I hope some more knowledeable people come along to give you advice. :D

EDIT :I must have posted the same time chip did

carmspack 04-21-2014 08:01 PM

stop the socializing with other dogs. Not necessary especially since you have two at home.

kebarrett 04-21-2014 09:30 PM

I did stop the socializing with other dogs. He is going through a fear stage because suddenly he was afraid to get in the car (he previously loved the car). I decided it was too much for him and avoided his final puppy class :(

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