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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Normal (and desired) behaviour from a 5 month old. Pups should grow up full confidence and feeling safe. Insecurity and fear of harmless strangers is a red flag and a sign of a poor temperament.
GSDs usually mature around 18 to 24 months, and that is normally when the protective instinct kicks in, if they have the genetics to be protective. Some dog do not, but for most people, just having a large, well behaved, well trained dog by your side is enough of a deterrent to help you feel safe.
The more you socialize your pup, the more they'll be able to discern a threat from a non-threat when they get older. If your pup likes attention and likes to be petted, that is fine, but even if they don't get to interact with people, just being exposes to a bazillion people coming and going about, minding their own business is very valuable socialization to what is 'normal' for a pup.
Many times, you'll never really know if your dog will react appropriately in a real situation. Often even with a super-confident, protection-trained dog, you STILL don't know if they'll react appropriately when faced with a real threat. You just hope you'll never have to find out.
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