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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-16-2014, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Puppy Suddenly Barking at Random Men

Hi, I have a 7 month male GSD. Overall he is well behaved e.g. we can take him out anywhere and he is under control, doesn't bark at other dogs or people. We have taken him to some crowded situations and he has behaved well. We also have been going to training weekly and generally have tried to ensure that we expose him to other dogs and people. In the last two weeks he has suddenly started barking randomly at some men (not all) who have come over to want to pet him or come close to him. He is fine with women, small children and dogs. Any thoughts on why this behaviour may have started?

At first I thought he was maybe being protective/defensive - since the first time it happened I was alone and a tall man at the pet store approached. However, we have repeated the scenario with my husband and the dog still reacts to the same man. We worked on the situation a little to the point where the dog no longer barks but if the man tries to pet him, he starts barking again. He will take a treat from the man's hand though and our GSD is not super food driven.

Is this part of the second fear stage that I have read about? It'd be great to hear from any other GSD owners who may have gone through or are going through something similar.

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Going through the same thing but with men who have long hair only. It started at around 6 months and he's 9 months now and still battling with it. It's very random and I don't know how to fix it because I don't know any men with long hair either.

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Random aggression

I was going to post a new thread but think it fits here. I haven't pin pointed a certain type of person but my pup has recently started being aggressive and barking at people. I have taken great lengths to get him out and socialize him and he has done very well but just started arcing very aggressive and barking when we go on walks and out to Petco or something. Just tonight he almost bit a man who reached out to pet him. This is very concerning bc I've never seen this side yet and he is only 4 months. Just trying to figure out what is the cause and the correction. I have never used negative teaching, only positive reinforcement and he has never been hit. He does know his place with me but I don't understand this behavior. Any help would be great thanks.

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