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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Fear periods?

Bailey is now 6 months & 3 weeks old. During her puppy kindergarden classes, the trainer told us to search on fear periods for our breed of dog (there were 4 pups in the class - all different breeds.) What DH & I found were generalizations - btwn 3-6 months, then from 12-18 months. On our first day of basic obedience classes, we talked about fear periods again and she said to try again, to find more specific information. (this was after a discussion on whether to spay right away or wait until after Bailey's first heat cycle, the trainer's thoughts being not to put Bailey thru a vet visit that might make her fearful of going to the vet..)
I was wondering if anyone would be able advise more information on fear periods for GSDs?

Bailey, as of very recently, has starting barking at neighbors she notices when we are out. Not that this is a fear thing, just a new behaviour for her.

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Re: Fear periods?

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Just try to keep everything positive when you're out socializing. Not that you can't stress her a little bit but don't push her into a situation when you see she's not comfortable.

When Otto went through his first fear period, he had a few moments in situations that I shouldn't have put him in, like the time he threatened to kill the plumber, I should have left him in the kitchen away from the plumber. This created his future distrust of men in the house (I'm a single mom), which took a lot of time to fix...


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Re: Fear periods?

Just from my own experience, Tessie went through a rough patch from around 3-4 months. I fell down the stairs while carrying her (luckily she was not hurt, just scared...I was limping for a few days though!) and shortly after we had an incident with her eating ant poison which I had to pry her mouth open to flush it out. This seemed to be at the height of a fear period. It took her several weeks before she was totally comfortable around me again. Now, at 6 months, she's not scared of much, but is starting to develop a more keen interest in sounds and people.

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