Re: weak nerves -- genetic
I can honestly say that this behavior has started in my one pup right after her last set of the usual shots, lepto and her rabies shot at about 14 weeks. This is Amber, the largest pup and a nice confident pup that I chose to put in basic while the others took the puppy class slots.
Besides my regular training I was taking her to PetsMart once a week to give her some socialization there.
But she is 20 weeks old now!!! She sees a little person maybe once a week. Maybe. At about fourteen weeks old, dogs she does not know and some children are now scarey. She will bark at them. With dogs she barks, then sniffs them, says oh its a dog, and is usually fine then. The dogs in the basic class, she had no problems with. Some of the dogs at PetsMart no problems, and if she sees the dog more than once it is still ok. I am more concerned with children though.
Several weeks ago we went around the rodent area and a young girl was sitting on the floor, the puppy turned the corner, I did not see the girl, she shrieked, jumped up and ran, then Amber barked. Since then most kids are scarey.
Last night I sold Skye because she was rock solid around a five and seven year old, men, women, everyone. Violet startled a few times when the kids acted fast right near her. She did not bark or growl and recovered right away, but I could percieve that she startled. I figured with a couple of little kids, their friends and such, the more confident dog was the better choice.
But Amber, while she took cheese out of each person's hand, she was pathetic. Her hair was up, she tried to hide behind me, she backed up, she growled. (I had brought each pup in separately, then I let Violet and Skye in together as clearly Amber was not even a question.) Last week Pinkie and Skye were great with a three year old running around the house.
Not Amber she was barking.
If this was due to vaccinations, it wouldn't last six weeks would it? If this is a fear stage she should be out of it by now? I do not want to correct her. I do not want to force her to meet children. I am doing this all wrong with her. Any suggestions are welcome.
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