Puppy not chasing, barking, scared?

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  1. exors

    exors New Member

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    Hi all, I have a problem with my lab mix, hes mixed with a bull type of dog with short stumpy tail...

    Anyway he is about 4 months old and the thing is, he doesnt even bark at strangers at the gate, when my brothers friends or my friends that he doesnt know come over he hides under the car and growls but thats about it..

    Another thing is that when I put food for him and (sometimes if he doesnt finish), pigeons will come to eat it and he doesnt even chase them away. Today they were like 10cm away from him and he just sat there and looked at them eat his food and play in his water...

    He does not even chase after the cats when he sees them, not even squirrels or even rats...

    he is obedient and playfull but why does he not chase them, or even bark at strangers for that matter...:confused:
     
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    All dogs are different and he's just begining to develop his personality. He may never bark at strangers or chase squirrels. Or that may be something he grows into. Ya never know.
     
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    isnt it like a dogs natural instincts to chase small animals or somthing like that?
     
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    For a lot of dogs yeah. Some can't be bothered. Different breeds have different inclinations. My dog maverick lived with two house bunnies that ran lose and he was ok with them. We always supervised them of course but he learned quite quickly not to be bothered by them.
     
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    but I am quite worried about him as he does not even bark at any one, nor does he even bark at anything that might be dangerous...

    his instincts gone haywire?

    I had another dog previously that used to bark but he just sits there and watches at the other dog bark at something and wont do anything... Again the pigeons came to eat his food and he did nothing.
     
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    I understand you're worried, but then again this isn't a bad thing. I've had dogs that barked too much and ran at anything that moved. The fact that he's docile could be good. I mean, he's not jumping up on everyone he sees and annoying them and if he doesn't feel threatened by smaller animals then I say that's great. Just some thoughts, ya know. :)
     
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    thanx for the help so far...

    yea i guess its kinda good but, i would really like him to let me know if there are any strangers around the house or if there is a snake around or something like that, I wouldnt want him to just bolt away under the car when he sees a snake or something thretening...

    He should learn to defend himself, that is what im wondering will he learn this himself or would i have to train him...

    My previous dog Max used to alert us whenever there was a strager at the gate he even kept a cobra from entering the house once...
     
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    How much socializing does he get? How often do you get him around all kinds of new and positive experiences? He sounds like he needs some confidence building. I'd recommend doing a search for ways to build confidence in a pup. And get him exposed to lots of new people, dogs, sights, smells, enviornments etc.
     
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    I had a dog as a kid who didn't start barking until he was over a year old. Perhaps you should consider not comparing your new pup to your old dog, as they are two different individuals.

    I'd also suggest getting him into puppy school so he can have his confidence built up in a safe environment - he sounds rather shy. He may never stop being shy, but the puppy class at your local dog trainer would probably boost his confidence... as well as teach him some other things as well.
     
  10. It's a 4 month old puppy. You should be encouraging FRIENDLY SOCIAL behavior. Not worrying about his defensive drives when he is just a baby.

    Get in training class, socialize, and the rest will come later IF it is in his genetic package.
     
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    he has lots of socializaing with the other dogs in my area...

    thanx for the feedback so far guys...

    That is what i was thingkin i read somewhere that some pups dont usually have its instincts to chase smaller animals, bark or and even remain shy until they area about 6months of age or older... Is it true, especially in more docile dogs like labs?
     
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    It all depends on the dog. My dog has ZERO prey drive. He just wants to make friends witht the ducks and squirels in our area. Some dogs also are incapable of barking, (Basenji) or are often reluctant to (Huskies).
     
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    socializing isn't just with dogs in your area. It's with kids, seniors, the mailman, big dogs, small dogs, new situations, new places, ....
     
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    yes he does socialize quite abit except with the mailman though :p and I do take him for rides in the car to new places...

    Troy barks sometimes when hes playing himself outside, or he barks sometimes when I am playing with him, I am guessing that bark is "come on play with me" type of bark...

    Oh well I guess hes just the playfull kind of dog hopefully he can protect himself when he needs too.
     
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    oh, don't worry about the fact that he's not barking. he's only 4 months old after all! Coco learned how to bark when he was around 7 months old... from another pug. but now, he still rarely ever barks! He doesn't bark at strangers passing by our yard, unless they try to walk into our house.
     
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    At four months old, just a baby. None of my labs barked at a stranger at that age. Charlie started "protecting his fence line" at about 18 months. Shiloh started barking at strangers near our property at about a year old.


    But Shiloh did show herself one day when my brother pulled up behind our garage and jumped the back fence (instead of coming to our front door). Shiloh started barking, hackles raised, and not backing away. My thrill seeking brother thought it to be funny. So he acted even more threatening. She bit him in the arm. LOL........He wasn't hurt too bad but he was impressed the dog had a little bite behind the bark. She has never been "tested" again in this manner. AND I don't reccommend it.:D

    The funny thing is, when the doorbell rings they don't bark. I guess they have only had good experiences with door bells and they wag tails and such.
    They will bark at noises while inside though.

    Does anyone think I should desire more caution with the door bell?
     
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    Allli have to say is be HAPPY i wanted my two females to be relaxed and friendly around strangers and not to bark at everything my sheltie taught them to bark by the time they wer 6 monthst old and only will let certain people around them even though they were socialized they love somepeople and others well... they dont love them so much and stay away from. Every dog is diffrent two of them will scare away intruders my boy dog wouyld probly help the burgler cary out the tv :) some dogs never learn to bark if he realy needed to pretect himself trust me he will.
     

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