MistyMae Posted November 25, 2017 Report Share Posted November 25, 2017 Hello all, I have been lurking these boards for the past several years and I am now on my second Border collie. Like my first girl, new puppy is a working bred boy with some great dogs behind his pedigree. Different breeder/lines. I play agility, flyball, and disc (though, I am hoping to replace flyball with herding when my boy is old enough). So far, things are going very well. He is attentive and willing to engage with me, and extremely handler focused. He is not as high drive as my girl was at his age, but he is coming along with the basics nicely. My concern, however, lies in his behavior with other people/dogs. When we first brought him home at 9 weeks, he had a few fear reactions to other people and animals that he overcame rather quickly. I wasn't too concerned because it happened at the same time he could have been going through a fear period and it was the first time he was away from his first home. He is now 16 weeks old and has graduated from puppy preschool. He has had lots of field trips and outings. I try to make everything positive and not overwhelming and, for the most part, he has been great. He isn't really a bubbly, outgoing puppy, though. He observes and thinks very hard about everything. He seems a little wary of other dogs, and has had an over-the-top fear reaction when he saw another dog when we visited an agility practice for some exposure (barking, growling, hackles raised). He has also shied away from people from time to time, and sometimes gives an alarm woof, hackles raised, when he sees a person who is "scary." These reactions don't happen every time. Sometimes he is fine with everything and everyone, and very willing to politely say hello to another person. Or, he will happily ignore dogs and has had successful greetings with others. I am having trouble determining whether this on-and-off again wariness is normal for a growing puppy figuring out the world, or if I should be concerned. Some of his reactions just seem so intense for a young puppy. Neither of his parents are reactive towards people and other dogs, and as far as I know, reactivity/fear/aggression does not run in his lines. My boy's litter was a repeat litter and I have been able to meet some of his older siblings, as well. They are even-tempered and wonderful! I am a worrier, though. Is it normal for a puppy to go through this or is this behavior concerning? Any personal experience or insight would be greatly appreciated!! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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