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Puppy suddenly shy

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Tessa 1, Aug 22, 2013.


  1. Tessa 1

    Tessa 1 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi :)

    My 10 month old collie cross puppy, has changed over the last few months and now seems to be scared of strangers.

    When she was younger she was the opposite, very social and always wanting attention from strangers. She was socialised well from a young age.

    In the last few months her behavior has changed though. If anyone approaches her she will back off quickly and not go near them. Occasionally she will even bark or a growl a little bit if approached (she would never bite though and is very gentle).
    I'm not sure what has happened, as she hasn't had any bad experiences that I know of.

    Is this normal? And how can I fix it?
     

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    Hopeattheendofthetunnel PetForums VIP

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    She is very cute!

    This is my perception: over time, as her bond with you strengthened, her inherent want or need for the affection of other people has sharply declined.

    Part of this is normal development and simply part of growing up as a well connected dog.

    I have had mainly male dogs, so take this as what it is - heresay - but I have often heard that some females, many females, can be aloof to strangers. Where they will either ignore them or take steps that they will ignore them. They are just not interested in people outside their circle of family & close friends.

    Which, to me, sound like she is doing?

    The only other thing I can think of is that something may be amiss with her vision and she is unsettled by not seeing people clearly. Do you have an eye specialist in the vicinity? A normal vet won't be of much use here.

    One last thought - has she come into season, is due to come into season or has she just been spayed? Hormones can totally play havoc with a dog's personality!
     
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    Tessa 1 PetForums Newbie

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    I thought maybe it was just her growing older, its just the fact she often shows fear to the point of growling rather than just disinterest that I find odd.

    Her vision seems perfect but I'll keep an eye on that.

    She was spayed at 6 months, so about 4 months ago.
     
  4. Sarah1983

    Sarah1983 PetForums VIP

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    A sudden change in behaviour should always be checked out by a vet but it could just be that as she's maturing she simply doesn't want to be bothered by strangers. Most of the adult collies I've known haven't been social butterflies and would much rather strangers didn't maul them. What does she do with people who don't try to pet her?

    She could also be going through a fear period, I can't remember off the top of my head what ages they hit at. Either way, I wouldn't try to force her to interact with strangers and would step in to protect her from those who try to force themselves on her.
     
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    Tessa 1 PetForums Newbie

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    She occasionally shows interest in people who aren't trying to pet her or are just walking by - going towards them for a sniff and looking at them. Also when she shys away from the people who do try and pet or interact with her, she will usually show interest once they turn away or walk off - going after them, sniffing them or even wagging her tail.

    She is quite social with people, it just seems she has developed fear when being approached
     
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