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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-04-2010, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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how do i increase my dogs courage.

My dog for some reason lately is a little scardie cat.. she was never this way, but for the past 2 weeks or so she has been acting different.

what i really want to know is how do i raise her confidence.

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Re: how do i increase my dogs courage.

How old is she?

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Re: how do i increase my dogs courage.

Here's a good read on all the developmental stages that dogs go through. Yours is probably just in her second fear stage.

http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/dev...talstages.html
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Re: how do i increase my dogs courage.

wow Lucy, thank you. thats alot of good information i need to stop comforting her. i have been petting her, and i need to stop.

thank you again
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Re: how do i increase my dogs courage.

Yep, it's all part of growing up. There's plenty more info on the internet or this website if you just search around a little.

Google stuff like "fear stages" and "dog development" and i'm sure you'll find plenty of good info.

If you have more questions, don't be afraid to ask. There's plenty of people here willing to help.
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Re: how do i increase my dogs courage.

I think everytime I see a post liek this and someone askes how old I already know the answer will be 8 months (or thereabouts). Pups seem to hit that stage about that age. No comforting or molly coddling for her, just be low key and matter of fact with her.

Those links are pretty good at explaining what to expect and how to handle it.

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Re: how do i increase my dogs courage.

at what stage will she start to fill out do you know. she is still pretty narrow. I saw a 10 month old male, and he was huge and full coated, her coat i dont think is her adult coat yet, and she really hasnt started to fill out. and still puppy prances around lol.

and my neighbors 7mo female is really wide. its interresting. because my puppys mom and dad were both pretty big.
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Re: how do i increase my dogs courage.

Depends on the lines, usually though it's between 2-4 years.

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Re: how do i increase my dogs courage.

I had no fear period with Judge and hopefully good genetics will continue, although he had some 1/2 siblings(Mom's side) that went through a normal fear period. Personally, I own a Fearful dog(APBT) and have learned a ton about them from owning her, be aware if it lasts longer than a couple months....at least that has been my experience.

A normal fear period is okay, just remember no molly coddling or coddling in general.

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