The fear stage - German Shepherd Dog Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-01-2010, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
Crowned Member
 
mjbgsd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 5,900
The fear stage

Approx. how long does the fear stage last? I believe I'm going through it right now with Akbar, and it aint fun. He's become nervous of things he's never been before. For example, he became jumpy and nervous when a couple of dogs attacked their house windows, before Akbar didn't even look there way. Another example, he gets nervous/jumpy when a loud sound is close, which he never was before. So I strongly believe he's going through a fear stage. I just want to know how long he's going to go through this.

I remember one of Cody's odd fear stages he had back then, he was afraid of black garbage cans, would literally fly away from them if we ever walked near one. That stopped but I can't remember when and he wasn't afraid of them before that behavior suddenly appeared and went away, obviously.

With Akbar, I just ignore him, like he's not there. I read somewhere to keep exposing him to things even while he's going through a fear stage. Is there anything else I should do?

It's been a looong time since I've had to go through a fear stage with one of my dogs, lol.

Akbar 6 years
Isa 10 years
mjbgsd is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-01-2010, 06:34 PM
The Agility Rocks! Moderator
 
MaggieRoseLee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Posts: 27,477
Re: The fear stage

If the stuff is outside the home, I would still take him out for socialization, but also with him hungry and a huge bag of real treats (hot dogs? chicken? beef? pizza?)

Nothing is quite as scary when it's being viewed with a mouthful of liver/chicken/cheese!




***

Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF

"Nothing new can come into your life unless you are grateful for what you already have. ~ "--- Michael Bernhard, gratitude
MaggieRoseLee is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-01-2010, 06:40 PM
Knighted Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,938
Re: The fear stage

Right now you need to expose him to EVERYTHING.
DO NOT coddle him ("ITS OK BABY") when he is scared.
Act confident & keep walking.

Bring him near a busy street.
Bring him where he can see other dogs.
Bring him to hear crying babies.
Bring him to construction sites.

TREATS are a must!

Good luck.

Kilo- GSD
Raziel is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-01-2010, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
Crowned Member
 
mjbgsd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 5,900
Re: The fear stage

I'm not new to this, but it has been a while since I've had to go through a fear stage, lol.

And thanks.

Akbar 6 years
Isa 10 years
mjbgsd is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-01-2010, 07:19 PM
Crowned Member
 
onyx'girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SW, MI
Posts: 27,290
Re: The fear stage

I think his lines play into it, and he will probably go thru a few more til he matures. And every stage he goes thru will only make him stronger! You seem to know the right way to handle it

Jane~
Kept by
Gambit zu Treuen Handen

Guinness auf der Marquis...Karlo son!

Always in my heart
Karlo aka Gideon vom Wildhaus
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
3.02.09~12.03.18
Kacie
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
7.21.05-5.01.15
Onyx
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
11.08.06-9.28.18
onyx'girl is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 02:42 PM
Crowned Member
 
elisabeth_00117's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 8,988
Re: The fear stage

Missy,

I believe Stark just went through/still going through a bit of a fear stage.

Read my thread in the "General Bahaviour" section.

He was really "alert" on walks, barking at everything that moved, nervous around kids, and just being very unsure of a lot of things.

I continued to take him out (even though I wanted to cry most of our walks) and worked on this. I would bring him to areas where I knew we would encounter the things he was nervous about, bring a tug, ball, new toy and treats and keep my distance. We would play and have fun with the kids or things he was nervous about in the background. He could hear them, see them, and smell them I am sure but he couldn't touch them and was a fair distance away so I could have him regain some of that confidence that was lost.

He went from being a confident over zellous puppy to a "on alert teenage barking butthead" and now we are back to confident happy puppy again.. lol.

My other dog is 13 so, I totally understand not remembering all of this "puppy business".

G Wild Winds Zephyr of Cognac BH, HIC, NTD, ITD, CGN, TT
Wild Winds Archangel Raphael HIC, TT
XX z Weberhaus
elisabeth_00117 is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 03:21 PM
Knighted Member
 
Jason L's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 3,014
Re: The fear stage

Quote:
Originally Posted By: onyx'girlI think his lines play into it, and he will probably go thru a few more til he matures. And every stage he goes thru will only make him stronger! You seem to know the right way to handle it
Is it because DDR dogs are naturally more suspicious?
Jason L is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 04:20 PM
Crowned Member
 
SunCzarina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 12,842
Re: The fear stage

Quote:
Originally Posted By: onyx'girlAnd every stage he goes thru will only make him stronger!
yes!

Quote:
Originally Posted By: mjbgsdI read somewhere to keep exposing him to things even while he's going through a fear stage.
and yes!

Otto went through a simlar strange stages about 7 months. Not sure it was so much fear as becoming aware. We worked through it, kept taking him out and showing him new things.

We had the 'I hate men in my house' stage at 12 months. This was combined with the 'Hey, I'M A BIG SCARY DOG NOW WOOF!' phase - ugg. Worked through it. One of my guy friends who helped me with the man hating thing, he was here last night. Otto was leashed up and on his best behavior, it was the ultimate complement to have my friend say 'He seems to get it now' Yes!

About a month ago, Otto did really seem to 'just get it'. He still has a couple issues that needed tweaking (not prefect but pretty damngood for his age). He seems to be coming into his adulthood -whooo Hoo 20 months old and almost all grown up.

Then he decided the fridge belongs to him...

To borrow a line from one of my children's books, 'I'll work through the night, constantly analyze tweak and refine'

-Jenn

Venus of Crooked Creek 1/26/13
Otto von Hena-C 05/23/08
Morgan Donnermond 08/04/01 to 9/28/12 Long Live the Queen!

I have duct tape and I am not afraid to use it.
SunCzarina is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-03-2010, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
Crowned Member
 
mjbgsd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 5,900
Re: The fear stage

Thanks everyone! It's just been a while since I've had to go through this, plus with these lines being more suspicious, it's an added thing to the whole mix, lol. I will continue to bring him out and expose him to everything I can.

Akbar 6 years
Isa 10 years
mjbgsd is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-09-2010, 02:05 PM
Member
 
DensterNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Englewood, New Jersey
Posts: 76
Re: The fear stage

Quote:
Originally Posted By: MaggieRoseLeeNothing is quite as scary when it's being viewed with a mouthful of liver/chicken/cheese!
Yeah, I was working with my 8 month old who was barking during our walk at someone coming out of their house. I gave her a "Look at that" command and stuffed a few treats in her mouth, she kind of half barked one last time but it was hilarious with her mouth chewing and enjoying her treats.
DensterNY is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help Fear stage or fear aggresion 5 months! Kev Development & Socialization 31 05-08-2012 02:38 AM
Fear stage?? am I handling this right?? sagelfn Puppy Behavior 5 10-01-2009 01:57 AM
Fear stage I created? meisha98 Development & Socialization 2 07-17-2009 09:08 PM
Is this a fear stage? emjworks05 Puppy Behavior 8 05-05-2009 02:36 PM
Second Fear stage? Cooper&me Development & Socialization 7 03-25-2008 09:36 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome