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2nd fear period?

My 22 week old Aidan has recently started acting more fearful than before. He spooks really easy and will run away with tail between his legs, etc. I took him to a popular place here in TN that has a 3 mile walking path that goes around a lake. I came to a part that has a bridge with the lake under it. A kid came past him on a tricycle and before I knew it, he bolted off and jumped right into the lake! I had him on the leash and was about to go in after him, but thankfully a nice guy came over and was able to pull him out of the water for me. There are a lot of little things that spook him that didnít before. We socialized him during his critical period, and will take him in stores, walks, meet new people, loud noises, etc. I read itís common to go through this period. One thing weíve always had issues with is he doesnít want to get in the car/truck and will run away when we try to get him to come to the vehicle. He rides in the truck just fine and has been on many trips. Not sure why heís afraid, but we have to pick him up and carry him to put him in the truck every time. Thatís not so bad now, but the vet thinks heís going to be eventually about 80lbs. Heís about 47lbs and I can barely pick him up even now. He also sleeps with us and wonít jump on the bed, but I realize he may be too young for that. Heís my 1st golden. Iíve always had labs and they loved going on rides and would easily jump up into the car. Heís such a great puppy and we really donít have any other issues as heís potty trained and minds really well.
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Awe Aiden🐾 sounds like a second fear period. It’s about that time frame. There are some excellent reads out there on how to behave when your pup is at that period .... as the dog mom. LOL We are just behind you as you saw in the dog food post. Tucker 21 weeks and 43lbs. Not looking forward to his fear period if it’s obvious to me (some aren’t I have read). But it’ll be fine. Normal. And so many great threads for advice. 🙂 hang in there Aiden and family lol 💕💕 here’s Tucker and my senior Golden mix Ashes 🐾🐾
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Thanks Tucker’s mamma! Your pups are adorable! feel like there’s so much to learn! It’s nice to have people going through the same stuff! It’s fun to compare similar things we’re going through and to know we’re not alone in dealing with all this! I’ve been trying to get info from our breeder to find other puppies in his litter.
I think it would be fun to see siblings and their progress and personality’s in his litter, but can’t find any info on this. I picked Aidan because he was super cute and had a while spot on his head. The breeder said the
Serges puppy seemed to like me more; but there were about 12 pups and all but 3 were almost identical other than the spot on his head! I’m so happy I picked him out as he’s the best puppy ��

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Thanks Tucker’s mamma! Your pups are adorable! feel like there’s so much to learn! It’s nice to have people going through the same stuff! It’s fun to compare similar things we’re going through and to know we’re not alone in dealing with all this! I’ve been trying to get info from our breeder to find other puppies in his litter.
I think it would be fun to see siblings and their progress and personality’s in his litter, but can’t find any info on this. I picked Aidan because he was super cute and had a while spot on his head. The breeder said the
Serges puppy seemed to like me more; but there were about 12 pups and all but 3 were almost identical other than the spot on his head! I’m so happy I picked him out as he’s the best puppy ��
So much to learn for sure ! It’s fun. I just think Aiden is so handsome too. And these threads help for sure lol Makes you feel like you’re not going cray! LOL and thanks. Ashes is my senior love. Tucker we didn’t get to pick out. I mean we chose him carefully, of course 🙂 but, he was our breeders last male so we didn’t have a selection. I’m like you tho, he’s an amazing pup! 🙂 Our breeder just had some more pups, too. Tucks dad been busy with another female lol ! I’d love to meet his siblings but they’re a bit spread out lol on to the next chapter / next thing. I love that I’m not the only “mamma” out there at all in fact, that’s super into their dog(s). Training, learning, loving, paying close attention to. Giving more than a rats butt about having good happy doggos 🙂 sure are my loves !
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If I remember right you said he hasn't been to any training classes. Attending a group class helps to build confidence and gives safe exposure to lots of noises and situations. How you respond to his fear can also be a factor in helping him not be fearful as well. Getting feedback from other owners in a class of pups about the same age may go a long way for you.

As far as not wanting to jump into the car or onto or off the bed could be physical. Did you ever get those shoulders/elbows x-rayed? I would guess it's very uncomfortable jumping down from certain heights and may not be physically able to jump into the car. Consulting an orthopedic might give you some answers.
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Hi guys! Puddles I had no clue that I had pm’s until a few minutes ago. I sent you a message about his shoulders. We were never planning on letting him on the furniture, but we found we liked having him sleep with us, although we’ll probably have to get a King bed if he gets much bigger! He’s only allowed on one other recliner, which he jumps on just fine. Our bed is high up, so I’m thinking it’s too high for him right now so we pick him up and put him down. I can see the truck being too high also, but he even takes a lot of encouragement to get into the car. I know he can easily get in the car. We are about to go to puppy class starting next week. I signed him up a couple weeks ago, but we had 2 out of town trips to get past first. We actually took him with us on both trips since we didn’t want to leave him. He did great on the trips, and is very good riding several hours in the truck. Today I started teaching him to put his paws up on the bed so I just have to pick up his rear and push him onto the bed, ha! I’m sure puppy class will help! Tucker’s Mom I also would love to see and hear about his siblings, but same as you with being spread out!
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Hi guys! Puddles I had no clue that I had pm’s until a few minutes ago. I sent you a message about his shoulders. We were never planning on letting him on the furniture, but we found we liked having him sleep with us, although we’ll probably have to get a King bed if he gets much bigger! He’s only allowed on one other recliner, which he jumps on just fine. Our bed is high up, so I’m thinking it’s too high for him right now so we pick him up and put him down. I can see the truck being too high also, but he even takes a lot of encouragement to get into the car. I know he can easily get in the car. We are about to go to puppy class starting next week. I signed him up a couple weeks ago, but we had 2 out of town trips to get past first. We actually took him with us on both trips since we didn’t want to leave him. He did great on the trips, and is very good riding several hours in the truck. Today I started teaching him to put his paws up on the bed so I just have to pick up his rear and push him onto the bed, ha! I’m sure puppy class will help! Tucker’s Mom I also would love to see and hear about his siblings, but same as you with being spread out!
I was going to ask had you started manners or something yet. It helps so much. I love the classes. He’ll enjoy that too. On the car tucker isn’t afraid yet but also isn’t jumping for joy to get in. He rides like a champ tho.

Have you googled a few articles on handling fear periods ? Good advice out there. I keep that locked and loaded in my phone to refer to lol. Like mentioned it seems to boil down to no forcing if a pup is afraid, business as usual and/or showing a pup “nothing to be afraid of here”.... I get the impression what’s most important is that I’m the one that doesn’t overreact. Hahaha go figure. LOL.

I’m adoring Aidens pics. Here’s a new one of Tucker. Of all places in the dog park.... why not right in the dirt at the watering hole????

Mish 🙂
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Tucker’s Mom, he is SO darn cute! I just love the cream colored Golden’s! He’s even adorable dirty, ha! Have been reading up on the fear period stuff. I’m saving so much info in my “Aidan” note section on my iPad...really a ton to learn! I’ve been watching a bunch of training videos on YouTube. Like that guy Zak George. It’s interesting since I used to watch Caesar Milan, and they both have opposite methods (pack leader vs. positive reinforcement training)..I guess they both work though. I know I’ll make more progress when he’s in class!
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Tucker’s Mom, he is SO darn cute! I just love the cream colored Golden’s! He’s even adorable dirty, ha! Have been reading up on the fear period stuff. I’m saving so much info in my “Aidan” note section on my iPad...really a ton to learn! I’ve been watching a bunch of training videos on YouTube. Like that guy Zak George. It’s interesting since I used to watch Caesar Milan, and they both have opposite methods (pack leader vs. positive reinforcement training)..I guess they both work though. I know I’ll make more progress when he’s in class!
two different worlds of training. I’m a mix of both. But partly because I’m old school and had my Rottie. I much prefer positive reinforcement but there’s a few things I like to ensure I have alpha here. It’s more a vocal thing than anything. (Never a hand. Ever. Of course). Thanks I know I love all Goldens but had an eye towards the creamiest if creams lol. His breeder had another litter. I think I mentioned in PM. Tucker’s dad, new female. Jeeeepers are they a bundle of whiteness lol. Pic here. And for giggles here’s a pic of me with tucker at their farm on gotchya day when he was twelve weeks and than a funny pic of an attempt at the same pic a few nights ago. LOL
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I remember seeing this pic in the threads! I seriously think you have one of the best looking puppies I’ve seen! When I went to pick Aidan out, there were 6 males/6 females. All of them looked almost identical except there was one who was noticeably bigger, one quite smaller, and another that was almost cream...other than that they were practically all the same size and color. I had such a hard time picking! I knew I didn’t want the one who was biting my heels, ha! They were all very friendly and happy pups! Only reason I picked Aidan is that he came up and licked me, then I noticed a little white spot on the top of his head and said “I want this guy!” I always knew Golden’s come from cream to red, but I didn’t know there were different types. Tucker would be British right? I’m assuming Aidan is American.
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