- 6 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013 - Rock Hill Country Club, Manorville NY
So we adopted Bruford in November and he was just around 3 months. We picked him out because he was the calmest puppy. Shortly after we adopted him it became apparent that he was a shy guy. At home he was a normal puppy with no issues but in public he was very fearful of strange people. It took him a while to love and trust a lot of our friends and family. Realizing this, we brought him every where and exposed him to so many new people and experiences. This was not enough. Now, at 10 months, he’s fear manifests itself as aggression, where if a new person comes in our house he barks and barks and barks, and has even nipped 3 people in the back of their ankle while in our house. God forbid somebody try to pet him. The only time he accepts a stranger is if they have a dog, Then he acts like he has known them forever. When we’re home or in a comfortable place, he is a normal happy, affectionate, playful pup. He’s great with the cats too. We are just worried about our future with children. We are sure he will be fine when we have our own, but are worried about when they have friends over, or if we need a babysitter.
Anybody else have similar issues or any advice? For the record, he was taken from his mother at 5 weeks and kept in a foster home until 11. We aren’t sure if he was with his siblings during that time, but at the adoption event where we got him, all of his siblings were outgoing. He is equal parts Lab, American Bulldog, Irish Setter and English Foxhound.