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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation True Character or just normal Puppy Behaviour?

Phew, well it's been a week now and I have been observing Drogo's behaviour. I have noticed that he seems to be rather scared of the farm animals. He prefers to stay away from the chooks and horses and sometimes he can act pretty defensive. When I say defensive I mean that Drogo starts to growl or bark when the strange animals approach. Sometimes it appears that he might charge at them. Sometimes he turns tail and runs away. Just today when I was bringing wood in the house he would run away to another room. At some point he came out of that room and had a drink and while he was drinking I came in with more wood and he scrambled, knocked the water over and ran away.

My question is this - is this just normal puppy behaviour or is this his true character? I must say I can't remember my last dog acting this timid before. I am getting a little worried that I may have got a timid dog when I specifically stressed to the breeder that I did NOT want a timid dog. I am getting worried here!
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True character. The dog is nervy.

A good dog might be startled or be unsure of something but recover quickly.
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Could be a fear period, could be the dog.

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He's just a baby - he doesn't know that sudden loud noises or funny smelling large animals aren't scary. Show him that they are ok to be around and let him take things at his own pace. Personally I'd say he's far too young to classify as timid or nervy just yet

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you have had the dog one week?

stop analysing and being the critical observer -- get on the team and support the dog

this is a pup . Caution is a survival skill. Age, size and ability make him physically vulnerable .
Caution is not over the top avoidance. Does the dog recover .

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He's just a baby - he doesn't know that sudden loud noises or funny smelling large animals aren't scary. Show him that they are ok to be around and let him take things at his own pace. Personally I'd say he's far too young to classify as timid or nervy just yet
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you have had the dog one week?

stop analysing and being the critical observer -- get on the team and support the dog

this is a pup . Caution is a survival skill. Age, size and ability make him physically vulnerable .
Caution is not over the top avoidance. Does the dog recover .
You're right. I am probably reading too much into this and it's not fair on the puppy. For some reason I got the impression that working line pups were fearless and took on the world head on, very silly of me!

I'm not quite sure what recovery time is but he does come out again fairly quickly. Once I put the wood in the box and then I go back to the door to get more wood he would come and wait at the door for me.

EDIT: Oh, and what's this fear period? I am pretty sure I have heard that somewhere.
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