Join Date: May 2011
Location: St. Thomas, Ontario
Dogs Name: Kelly
Titles: CD Obedience & Therapy
Dogs Age: puppy
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I could be wrong, but:
Your 12/13 week old dober puppy is probably showing the "fear stage" more at that very young age...and not necessarily a bad thing.
Our girl is also 3 months old, and shows a similar "serious barky-barky" at one neighbor (coming & going) across the street, late at night.
Our last adult dobe would growl for real (big time) in the car, seeing a shady man approach (walk by) the family Volvo (in a mall parking lot).
- she was always very protective of my wife, once she matured / we related it to a good thing, and never did it get out of hand
- quite the opposite, I truly respected her judgement in meeting new people...she was right, every time judging character (as an adult dog)
I think some puppies will grow into the protection stage, while still being balanced and safe around others (good people).
- our pups awareness, I view as completely normal and quite acceptable / and hopefully will have similar good instincts to come (looks like she will)
With your pup on Mom's lap, I would stroke her confidently with your hand and tell her she is a good girl / Mommy OK...and not discourage (like saying ENOUGH) unless it gets to frequent...I would be more concerned if, my pup never-ever growled at some strangers.
------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)
Last edited by Beaumont67; 12-19-2012 at 08:11 AM.