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Fear Stage??

I don't know if anyone remembers us...sorry we don't post more often! Just wanted to post a couple new pics and ask if anyone else went through a fear stage about five months old? It came out of nowhere... He is very nervous around strangers and we are taking him to classes to help him. The teacher said it is very normal and thinks he is already getting a little better after a couple classes but I can't believe this is happening after all the work we did to socialize him!

(PS.*grooming tip*~I just washed Peanut with his regular shampoo but I used some of my natural instincts aloe conditioner and, my goodness, his hair came out sooo beautifully, LOL. )

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First of all he looks like a puff ball so you must have done something right. Is the conditioner you used a rinse out kind or leave in?

I am going through a little fear stage with Bailey now. As a matter of fact I was starting to feel guilty, thinking I must have done something wrong. He was my fearless wonder from the moment he bounced into my world. Because of his utter lack of fear, I was afraid he'd kill himself. But now, all of a sudden, he jumps at the slightest noise and seems a little jittery at times. I was hoping it would blow over so I'm interested to hear what others have to say too.

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Hi, Geri! Your boys are as cute as ever! The Natural Instincts is a rinse out from the haircoloring box though I believe they sell it on its own too...

I'm sorry to hear you are going through something similar! Is Bailey nervous with strangers? Does he bark when he is nervous? I just hope this is just a "stage" as I would hate for him not to be able to enjoy a variety of people and situations!
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Hi, Geri! Your boys are as cute as ever! The Natural Instincts is a rinse out from the haircoloring box though I believe they sell it on its own too...

I'm sorry to hear you are going through something similar! Is Bailey nervous with strangers? Does he bark when he is nervous? I just hope this is just a "stage" as I would hate for him not to be able to enjoy a variety of people and situations!
Bailey was always shy with strangers which I didn't really realize till I took him to work a few times and then to the Long Island play date. He tends to like to hang out around me. I'm hoping with more socialization that will change.

As for barking, the four of them tend to bark en masse when they hear anybody near my house. One sets the other off. He still seems very laid back most of the time, which is good since he has a voice (when he shrieks) that could shatter glass.

<b>Just Milo and me, and . . . </b>Bailey makes three . . . until Ruby said, "hey, what about me?"
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Peanut is a cutie, such a furball. Izzy was afraid for a little bit but I can't remember when. She will still sometimes get nervous if there are to many people coming toward her or big dogs that she doesn't know. I just keep bringing her with me everywhere I can and help her to feel safe when she gets nervous. Izzy is a year old.

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Hi I am by no means an expert...But I have noticed with my own boys a few different fear stages. Barring any traumatic experience you can trace back to...I think it has to do with them growing up and being more aware of themselves and the world around them...for Jasper his was around a year...and Cash, a slower learner and maturer, he just had a brief one at around two. I have never had anyone confirm my suspicions...so just my own theory.




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It is a stage that puppies go through, I believe twice in their lives. Once at 8 week, keep everything calm and let the puppy discover on his own. This stage will pass.

The next age is around 4 months.

As you can tell, I have been doing lots of reading and studying prior to my puppy arrival. It is quite interesting about all the stages that puppies go through, I have learned quite a bit.
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Oh! Don't reinforce his fear by being over protective with your handling and tone of voice, just keep everything as it was prior to the fear stage. The fear stage will soon pass, we just don't want to make it worse for the puppy.

I am guessing that some puppies will go through the stages at different times.
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He's a cutie

To me that sounds like a fear stage. In age which is he closest to 4 months or 6 months? So it could be that he is late to one stage or early to one.

I think this is one of the best links that I've found on fear stages:
http://www.dogclub.co.uk/advice/puppygrowth.php

http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/ou...or_basics.html
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Thanks so much for the information!! it makes me feel so much better! I thought we did not socialize him enough and I was really scratching my head over it! It started about 4.5-5 months and he is now just about six months. I will go read the links now. Thanks again!
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