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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 08:06 AM
LoveEcho
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They will not instinctively become protective until they start to mature... sometimes 18 months, sometimes older. Your puppy is a BABY, he looks to YOU to be his protector. Most "protective" behavior in a young pup is fearful behavior and should not be encouraged. Just let him grow up confident that YOU are his protector and leader, and when he is older he will have the natural instinct. Some don't ever become "naturally protective", bear in mind- but the presence alone of an adult shepherd is usually enough of a deterrent. If it's not, it doesn't matter how protective the dog is...
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