Puppy fear stage

Is there such thing as a puppy fear stage?
Larka is 4 months old and has been shying away from kids who try to pet her lately. I address it by having them give her treats, no eye contact, etc. But I was wondering if this was normal for a puppy who has had no bad experiences and used to like kids?

Asked by Member 409208 on Jul 10th 2008 in Puppies
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Yes, absolutely normal!

Puppies can go through fear stages at any point during the time they are growing up, even if they have not had bad experiences with the things they are "afraid" of.

It's really important that nothing bad happens to your puppy while she is going through fear stages and that you do things to help build her confidence, such as positive training / rewarding things.

Abby answered on Jul 10th.

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If it had a bad past then yes she will do this...If not i am not sure why.

Member 599887 answered on 7/10/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

RIV Dibbity

Riv had bitten both my sons..I think he had a bad past with kids before I adopted him. He was only around them for 2days everyother weekend.... Wasnt untill I let my sister move in with me with her 4 sons and they were constantly around him.... he didnt fear kids afterwards.... Now all he wants is to be is loved by kids...

RIV Dibbity answered on 7/10/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer



First of all, a fear stage IS, you REALLY wanna nip it in the bud now,since she's a (really pretty) german shepherd! Jackson went through a fear stage...and,well, although he's not aggressive, he's kind of...idk just a punk kid around strangers.He'll bark at them...
anyway, just try to socialize her the best you can! Hit Petsmart whenever you can! Praise her when she does well, and respond quickly if she does something unwanted. The shepherd will wanna make eye try to make sure the new person doesn't make direct eye contact...

hope this helps!!

Jackson answered on 7/10/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer