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tonight Bogart showed some behaviour that I did not like. I took him for a walk at the park, at one point there was a group of 3 or 4 young boys , probably ages ranging from 8 to 11 who were running by me. We've been socializing and taking Bogart places since he's been 7 weeks old ( he's currently 4 1/2 months) and he's been around joggers, bikes, strollers, etc. For some reason though these boys freaked him out and the hair on his back went up and he started backing away. The oldest boy stopped and said, oh I love dogs , and reached out his hand to pet Bogart. Bogart barked at him (which really surprised me) and the boy pulled his hand back and walked away looking scared. As I continued walking we passed by other people and Bogart was fine, even stopping to be petted by a lady and greeted her dog. But I couldn't stop thinking about how he reacted to those kids. I've been so used to having the little puppy that loves everybody and who everybody loves. I guess we should do some more socializing... Perhaps the boys running took him by surprise? Was that agresssion his barking at the boy like that? We don't have kids so he's not around kids that often , but the times he has been he's shown no fear like that. I can't get that poor boy's look of surprise and fear from my mind


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He's a puppy. They go through fear periods. See if you can find some boys who are not running and have them pet him. Then ask the boys to SLOWLY start running past you - do a fast walk first.
 

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Pups go for fear stages where they can do the oddest things. Take it for what it is, an isolated incident and keep on with the socialization process. Just do your best, the next time you approach a kid to not remember this incident and not to predispose yourself, yours is a good pup.
 

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Normal normal normal!!!!

How you react (like nothing happens) and how you continue (keep up the socializtion) will may all the difference in continuing to get the great dog you want.

I know it's good for me to read up on what's going on in my pup the first year so I'm more prepared when something suddenly comes up... These are some good sites for that:

http://www.doberman.org/articles/puppy.htm

http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/DevelopmentalStages.html

http://home.flash.net/~astroman/primer1.html

http://www.vanerp.net/ilse/GSDINFO/understandyourpuppy.htm

http://www.vonfalconer.com/puppy.html
 

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Re: just when I thought we had the perfect puppy..

Originally Posted By: Sasha2008 group of 3 or 4 young boys , probably ages ranging from 8 to 11 who were running by me.
Originally Posted By: Sasha2008 For some reason though these boys freaked him out and the hair on his back went up and he started backing away.
His signal to you and the boy that this was too much for him to handle.

Originally Posted By: Sasha2008 The oldest boy stopped a... and reached out his hand to pet Bogart.
intimidating move to move to pup.

Originally Posted By: Sasha2008(Bogart barked at him
Perfectly understandable.

I wouldn't worry. Sounds like a lot to stimuli for the pup. Too much happening at once that was chaotic, and to him, scary.
 

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Re: just when I thought we had the perfect puppy..

thanks everybody, I feel much better


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