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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Shepherds mature somewhere between 18-24 months old - sometimes later. You shouldn't expect them to be "on guard" or protective before that age. My 15 month old is just now starting to bark at noises and other dogs passing in the street, and only because he is copying my older dog's behaviour.
Let your puppy be a puppy, let him feel safe, let him know that he has nothing to be "on guard" against, because Mom is there to keep him safe. He will need a LOT of positive exposure to the world and strangers and noises and people so that he can descriminate, as he grows older, between harmless noises and things and people, and those noises and things and people that he needs to warn you about.
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Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015