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I just moved and now my dog is acting weird...?

I went from living with my family (5 of us, 3 dogs) to alone in a new house. My 3 year old lab of course came with me.. Now, I get that he would be scared and lonely for a while, but its been about 2 weeks and he still seems anxious. His new behavior is starting to worry me. He will suddenly become alert like something is outside and run throughout the house mean barking at the doors and windows. So I bring him outside to see for himself that it is ok. A few times he has taken off (no fence yet) into the neighbors yard and down the street barking aggressively and wont come to my call. He also growls when people knock at/ enter my door, even if they are familiar to him. In a way I like that he is being protective, but at the same time, Im worried that he may bite somebody. He has already scared a couple people on the street. He is my baby, and has never acted like this before. Always curious and friendly. I guess my question is: Is this a phase because he is scared and nervous of the new area? Because we went from busy house where he was never alone and he had dog friends.... How can I shake him of this behavior? I don't want him feeling on edge and upset :( Me and Bentley thank you!

Asked By: Sara - 10/24/2010
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In my opinion, most dog behaviors are not behaviors they will grow out of. Even annoying puppy behaviors often stay if nothing is done to teach the dog proper behaviors... More
Answered By: StopPuppyMills - 10/25/2010
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He went from being 1 of 3 to by himself. And to top it off it is a new home. Dogs are like kids it takes time to adjust. I moved every 2 years and the older mine got it seemed the harder it was for him to adjust. then when my kids grew up and moved out on his own he was lonely. It is like when you end a relationship... More
Answered By: Jlynn Mack - 10/25/2010
 
It may not be an answer, but have you tried taking him back to the old family to see if he goes back to the way he used to be. If he starts acting normal again, then that would rule out anything that is physically wrong with him. Good luck.
Answered By: will - 10/25/2010
 
Be sure he is neutered and if there is a dog park to visit or if you and he could have your family visit or meet you at the dog park with the whole gang that would be a good idea. When you have him neutered be sure they microchip him. Also get a fifty foot retractable leash so you can teach him to come when you whistle... More
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