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So Odin shows that he is an exellent protector, since day 3 when he hears a noise outside he barks and growls. When I take him to work he has been awesome at not barking or growling at any of the patients. So far he has shown good judment, at work he will only bark at the people walking by the office out on the side walk. This is when patients are not around. When I walk him there are a few times where he will bark at someone that he is unsure of. But once I tell him leave it he will stop barking and just look then proceed to walk forward.

I didnt think his protectivness would get in so early or be this strong and have such good judment for a puppy. He's been very well socialized, is there anything you guys recomend I do? I was thinking at some point in time taking some protective training to hone in on his natrual ability.

I have also been intersted in nose work and looking into that, he learns super fast and has used his nose more so than any of my other dogs ever have.
 

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If I remember from your recent post...Odin just turned 14 weeks old.

To me, he barks when he should...and it sounds like you have done a great job in communicating a potential threat / from fostering a nuisance situation.

My dog is an awesome watch dog and protected my wife from an aggressive dog bite, years ago.
- she didn't need protection training / just her natural & balanced instincts are enough and have kicked in when needed
But learning "protection training" does interest me...so I can feel your comments.

Please elaborate (share) on his NOSE ABILITY - this is interesting, in what your seeing or experiencing.
 

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I didnt think his protectivness would get in so early or be this strong and have such good judment for a puppy. He's been very well socialized, is there anything you guys recomend I do? I was thinking at some point in time taking some protective training to hone in on his natrual ability.

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You are correct, his protectiveness has not kicked in this early. Typically it is normal fear. Something new MUST BARK MUST BARK MUST BARK :)

If it were me, I'd be doing more socializing more socializing and more socializing and I would NOT chalk it up to protective instincts.
 

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Agree with Adara. Puppies that young are not protective. They vocalize when something is new and they are unsure. Are you working with a trainer yet? Puppy kindergarten or anything like that?
 
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I agree, at this age his barking is more a fear reaction. Also when you see those bristles along the neck, shoulders and spine that is a fear reaction, not bravery. He is a young pup and this is perfectly normal. Try putting "stages of puppy development," without quotes, into the search and see if it wil bring up a site addy that I have posted on here many times. It is very informative and helps you understand what your puppy is going thru in his development.
 

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Ok thanks for making things clear guys. He is almost 13 weeks and wont be able to do the puppy classes till 16 weeks. Still taking him out and socializing him, it makes sense that he would be vocal towards something new because now that i think about it he barked when it wasn't something he has seen before like a guy carrying a big ladder. Other than that its been barking at noises outside the house.
 

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I also meant to really emphasize it's normal. Someone else (Oliviab? I get handles mixed up) also posted about her puppy being silly when he gets out of a vehicle. It's a normal "grow up" process so to speak.

I think different breeds handle it differently (in general). I notice my Dobes are more barky HEY what is that and my Vizslas are more OMG it's going to get me HELP but 9 times out of 10 with good socializing they figure it out.
 
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I also meant to really emphasize it's normal. Someone else (Oliviab? I get handles mixed up) also posted about her puppy being silly when he gets out of a vehicle. It's a normal "grow up" process so to speak.

I think different breeds handle it differently (in general). I notice my Dobes are more barky HEY what is that and my Vizslas are more OMG it's going to get me HELP but 9 times out of 10 with good socializing they figure it out.
Lol yeah he barks but I tell him to stop then he goes to investgate and then hes fine. Its makes so much more sense that its a whats that bark. Hes doing a lot better tho, as he starts to see something more than once or hear something more than once. Thanks again
 
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