Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I have a Dutch Shepherd, whose line is known to mature very slowly - so he's 1.5 yrs and seems to be about the same stage as you're going through. We're going through a similar thing. He doesn't lunge at strangers while walking - but if I have "friendly strangers" come up to pet him (or pet him w/o permission), occasionally he'll hackle and bark like a fool. I've had him eval'd by 3 different trainers and they all said it is an age thing and he's being a jerk - that's he's not aggressive in that way. Just wanted to share that we're in the same boat and feel what you're going through!