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Ferocious barking at neighbors

I don't know what happened to our sweet, friendly, non-barking puppy......she used to do a couple of "wuff wuffs" and wiggle her butt when meeting neighbors while we were out for a walk. Today she barked and barked and barked at everyone, even a man she had been extremely friendly with a couple of days ago. It really took me by surprise and I picked her up each time it happened because I didn't know what else to do. It quieted her down for a moment, but she squirmed to get down again so she could continue barking. She's just recovered from eye surgery and an ear infection, and has been such a happy puppy since she didn't have to wear the cone anymore. She's almost 7 months old and I'm wondering if this has something to do with adolescence? Any advice on how to deal with this?
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Hi LouAnn Somewhat typical for this age. Here's probablly what's going on. And your guess is a good one.

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She's probably still feeling sick. The only time my pup did a complete personality change was when I thought he was feeling better after being sick, but really wasn't. Give her another week of recovery and see if she's still acting so out of the ordinary.

This personality change was really different than the changes I saw with adolescence, which was more being knowingly naughty (shredding paper on the sly, stealing shoes and sneaking off with them, playing chase me instead of coming when called even though he totally knew the command).
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Mine both got very vocal at about that age and they haven't really out grown it. I have learned to try to introduce them to the person they are barking at and it calms them down sooner.

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Thanks so much for your replies! Dave, the article you sent was very helpful and I'll try to make slow introductions as Suzi suggested. Last night Maggie had another barking spell......this time at my DH who was putting dishes away in the kitchen. He just ignored her, but it took a while before she settled down, and then she squiggled and wiggled around like she was embarrassed over the outburst. BTW, she loves my DH......sometimes more than me, I think. This morning our son stopped by.....no barking whatsoever. Now I'm wondering if she wasn't feeling well from the Heartgard Plus we had given her the day before. In any case, adolescence sounds like it might be a real challenge. We're definitely going back to puppy school!
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