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Help Fear stage or fear aggresion 5 months!

Hi, posted this before a week ago but didn't get a lot of replies so here goes.
At 5 months old, is it normal for pups to go into a fear stage which he barks (grunts), lunge and hackles. I might be scared that this is lack of socialization but he does fine with anyone when we are not at home. This problem only happens at home or when he see's another dog (for example, today when he saw a 7 year old shepherd and he went into crazy barking, lunging, hackles mode.) This resembles this thread basically.
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...home-only.html

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First of all, there is no such thing as a fear stage. People say this to excuse poor training, socialization, or nerve.

When is he doing all this aggression? Is he tied up or behind a fence and he's doing this at people and dogs walking by?

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When they're walking by. I'm looking up LAT but it seems that to fully understand the conecept, you have to buy the book Controlled Unleashed.

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First of all, there is no such thing as a fear stage. People say this to excuse poor training, socialization, or nerve.

When is he doing all this aggression? Is he tied up or behind a fence and he's doing this at people and dogs walking by?
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set up some play dates at your house or ask a
few people to walk pass your house with their
dogs so you can train and socialize.

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The fear stages can present themselves differently...it might be a vacuum cleaner, or a bike, or a broom, etc.. Its a stage and it passes. Socialization is the key and the more you can socialize the better. My pup had a couple instances with people, but her fear of the vacuum was by far the worst one That took some time, but she's good now. She also questioned the oscillating fan. Oddly enough she decided that she was bigger then the dust mop and could handle that.

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The fear stages can present themselves differently...it might be a vacuum cleaner, or a bike, or a broom, etc.. Its a stage and it passes. Socialization is the key and the more you can socialize the better. My pup had a couple instances with people, but her fear of the vacuum was by far the worst one That took some time, but she's good now. She also questioned the oscillating fan. Oddly enough she decided that she was bigger then the dust mop and could handle that.

Is it a different fear stage for each appliance or item?


I think my 4yo male might still be in one - everytime I try to use the regular broom outside on the sidewalk, he attacks it and bites the bristles!
With a very nice full mouth bite!
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Hi, posted this before a week ago but didn't get a lot of replies so here goes.
At 5 months old, is it normal for pups to go into a fear stage which he barks (grunts), lunge and hackles. I might be scared that this is lack of socialization but he does fine with anyone when we are not at home. This problem only happens at home or when he see's another dog (for example, today when he saw a 7 year old shepherd and he went into crazy barking, lunging, hackles mode.) This resembles this thread basically.
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...home-only.html

Need total solid advice.
Thank you
Where do you go for training? I would find a good trainer to help you manage your puppy.
Maybe one that is into agility as they may be versed in the CU protocols. Regular training class is fine, if the instructor will work with you on this. I know many people will say correct this with a collar pop, and a firm command NO or to quiet...but it will ramp up some dogs(they see the correction as coming from what they are reacting to) so other methods are needed.
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the fear stages can present themselves differently...it might be a vacuum cleaner, or a bike, or a broom, etc.. Its a stage and it passes. Socialization is the key and the more you can socialize the better. My pup had a couple instances with people, but her fear of the vacuum was by far the worst one that took some time, but she's good now. She also questioned the oscillating fan. Oddly enough she decided that she was bigger then the dust mop and could handle that.
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>>>> is it a different fear stage for each appliance or item?<<<<


i think my 4yo male might still be in one - everytime i try to use the regular broom outside on the sidewalk, he attacks it and bites the bristles!
With a very nice full mouth bite!
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