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Hi everyone, I’m new to the group. I wish I had looked for this about 6 months ago when we got our puppy. I didn’t know this community was here.
We got our first puppy 6 months ago, Bodhi 💙 he is now 8 months and we love him to bits! He is generally very well behaved, he does pull a lot on the lead but that is our fault as we haven’t been consistent with the heel command. I have resorted to ordering a halti no pull harness today. I wish I had seen this forum first as I’ve seen a few chats about pulling and now realise there is no quick fix.
I will work on that! The main issue for me seeking help is his behaviour to visitors to our house, mainly men. He lowers his head, his tail goes between his legs and he does a low growl and will bark as well. This is proving quite a problem as we have 3 children and we do have lots of visitors to the house. He loves all children (strangers or not) but anyone coming in who he doesn’t know causes him to growl. We have had building work going on since we had him and this only stopped a month ago, which is when this behaviour started. It’s making me think was one of the builders mean to him or is this ‘normal’ puppy puberty behaviour? I’m debating getting a dog behaviourist but before I do that I wanted to see if anyone can offer any advice? I will say he is generally fine out in crowds but if we are on a footpath on our own and someone appears he will bark at them. This is the first time I’ve owned a dog so I really have no clue 🙈 thanks in advance!
 

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Hi everyone, I’m new to the group. I wish I had looked for this about 6 months ago when we got our puppy. I didn’t know this community was here.
We got our first puppy 6 months ago, Bodhi 💙 he is now 8 months and we love him to bits! He is generally very well behaved, he does pull a lot on the lead but that is our fault as we haven’t been consistent with the heel command. I have resorted to ordering a halti no pull harness today. I wish I had seen this forum first as I’ve seen a few chats about pulling and now realise there is no quick fix.
I will work on that! The main issue for me seeking help is his behaviour to visitors to our house, mainly men. He lowers his head, his tail goes between his legs and he does a low growl and will bark as well. This is proving quite a problem as we have 3 children and we do have lots of visitors to the house. He loves all children (strangers or not) but anyone coming in who he doesn’t know causes him to growl. We have had building work going on since we had him and this only stopped a month ago, which is when this behaviour started. It’s making me think was one of the builders mean to him or is this ‘normal’ puppy puberty behaviour? I’m debating getting a dog behaviourist but before I do that I wanted to see if anyone can offer any advice? I will say he is generally fine out in crowds but if we are on a footpath on our own and someone appears he will bark at them. This is the first time I’ve owned a dog so I really have no clue 🙈 thanks in advance!
I forgot to say he is a fox red- and a dog trainer has told me that’s what to expect with them as they are aggressive 😏
 

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The colour is irrelevant. Any trainer who said that obviously hasn’t got a clue.

Having said that, Fox red is the fad so unscrupulous breeders have been producing litters for colour rather than conformation, temperament and working ability resulting in some behavioral issues. Exactly the same thing happened with the livers/chocolates. Generally, if pup is from a well bred, well considered litter there certainly wouldn’t be any issues with temperament.

The issue you mention may well have stemmed from an interaction with an unfriendly human. I’d go back to basics, if you have tame male friends and family get them to visit and resocialise him slowly and gently. It could also be a fear phase at the same thing would apply, go back to basics.

It’s never a bad thing to restart something. I have youngsters and it’s something we need to do with certain things on a regular basis.
 

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a dog trainer has told me that’s what to expect with them as they are aggressive
I'm sorry but thats absolute rubbish! If you study his pedigree you will find all colours behind him so why should being a darker shade of yellow make the slightest difference? Dont let your trainer worry you, he/she is talking out of their hat!

Right, thats sorted that bit out, now to business. :)

Dogs are often more concerned about men than women. Lots of little things, our voices are gruffer/harder, we are generally bigger, we even give off a different scent. In some respects it makes men easier at training the harder dog because we sound more authoritive where the woman's softer voice sounds less commanding. When taking a class I always told the ladies to develop a "Fishwives" voice when telling the dog off! ;)

So yes, a builder "May" have been heavy handed, Bodhi may just be apprehensive of men, but there can easily be a third possibility. As a puppy, (or child for that matter) develops the body undergoes several changes, mostly affecting the development of certain hormones. These hormones can affect the dog in several ways including mentally. The development I'm thinking here is what is known as "The Second Fear Stage." The age is around the right point. Some dogs pass through it with seemingly no effects where others really have problems. Have a read of this:-

Puppy Fear | Fearful Puppies | Best Behaviour Dog Training

Tell people, particularly men, to ignore him, not to try to fuss him, just give him space and allow him to get use to them in his own good time. I do tell my pups to "Pack it in!" But it's important that you always sound confident. Puppies take their guidance from us, we have to be their leader, and if the leader sounds worried then the pup feels they are right to be worried! It's almost a self fulfilling prophecy!
 
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