11 month old no longer wants to meet strangers.
I have a 11 month old shep. She has always been such a love with everyone till this month. She is still good with family and friends. Strangers near the house she is unsure of. Strangers on walks or at the park she will run up to and sniff.
She is still just about bullet proof with all dogs big little aggressive you name it she knows how to act around them and not make anyone mad.
I would say she has become wary of strangers. We had contracts in and out of the house for 2 days. She was good with them sniffed them would want to see what they were doing. But on the second day one of the guys kind of spooked her. He came in the door too fast. So cookie started growling at him and was very standoffish with him. She soon settled down and ignored them. But it was weird I never saw her ever growl at people before.
Nothing has changed we never hit her no strangers have ever hurt her. So I have a feel it's just her growing up into a GSD. She ran up to a lady that lives a few houses down. Cookie ran up stopped 10feet and just stared at her. Cookie just stood with confidence watching her no sound just watching. Soon she went over and sniffed her but was kind of aloof about it.
My husband sees that as her becoming mean. I don't think it's a problem as long as she does let people approach her with out freaking out.
Would more socializing help or is this just how they are?
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