Jim Kling Posted December 30, 2011 Report Share Posted December 30, 2011 My ten month old BC puppy has become somewhat fearful/shy around the house, or at least that is how I interpret it. She was fine before we left town for Christmas. She and my other BC spent 5 days at a friend's house, where by all reports she was fine. They have 2 dogs so she undoubtedly spent a lot of time playing. But when we brought her home Monday evening (3 days ago), she started acting strangely. At home, when I'm moving around, she spends a lot of time under the kitchen table, looking at me nervously, and just looking uncomfortable. When I'm in the other room working at the computer, she settles down and sleeps, also under the kitchen table. Before this, she spent most of her time sleeping on the couch with the other dog. When we go out for a walk, she occasionally gets quite fearful when we go out the door, quivering with her tail tucked between her legs. But once we get going she's fine, totally fearless, loves people, etc. There is no stimulus for this behavior that I can see -- loud noises don't bother her, nor do corrections. She's just like this most of the time in the house. At other times she'll come out and act normally, herding the cats, etc. She does seem to act more normally when my wife comes home in the evening (I work at home and as a result she rarely gets left alone). I know that puppies can go through fear stages, and if that's what this is it may have been tipped off by spending 5 days at our friend's house and then coming back home again. My vet took a quick look at her and found that her temperature was normal and couldn't see any obvious signs of a problem. Any thoughts on what this might be, and how best to deal with it? I'm basically ignoring her when she acts this way, except to call her over every once in awhile for a pat on the head, because I don't want to reinforce the behavior. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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