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    I took Ahi on a late night walk last night (10PM) and I noticed something different. She's about 18mo's old, and her attitude during the walk was more protective then usual. She wasn't showing aggression or pulling me hard, but it looked as if she was on patrol or constantly sniffing around as if she's on a trail on a search for something . As I stated, she wasn't pulling me but I did let her take the lead. I thought it was kinda cool to see her in a protective demeanor, almost as if to say "Don't worry, nobody's going to F with us." She's very calm and playful during walks when there's more visibility. Just was wondering if anybody has experienced this or is this just a normal behavior for a canine and is part of their instincts.
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    Perfectly normal. We exercise in a field in the dark and my youngest runs barking into the field to scare off any adverseries !

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    My Bilbo is only ~14wks and he gets a bit nervous in the darker bits of our walk, and he does sniff a lot more (esp. where there are lots of leaves!) but he's too small to be much of a protector, I'm still his mummy

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    Yah it was a very pleasing feeling knowing that she has grown into my very own personal protector.
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    I'm not sure the dog is being protective but, rather, is just more alert due to being taken out at a different time of day/night than usual. She might be experiencing her usual environment under different lighting (or lack of) and different smells than usual.

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    Wiki does this. He's just more alert and aware of what's going on. On a couple of occasions he has growled at people walking by. This is something he has never done during the day, but it was late just me and the dogs and I think he felt like he needed to let them know he was there. Made me feel good but at the same time not sure how to handle it with him.

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    I think with the growling just don't reward it with any attention. I can see some owners being like "Ohh it's ok!" and giving the dog a pat to 'calm it down', which is pretty much a reward. I wouldn't punish it though, unless it really is intimidating for people, but from your post it sounds like he's fine, just being a little wary

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaisdad View Post
    I'm not sure the dog is being protective but, rather, is just more alert due to being taken out at a different time of day/night than usual. She might be experiencing her usual environment under different lighting (or lack of) and different smells than usual.
    Agree. I find my guys a little more edgy around the time change (daylight saving) than usual. I also remember Baloo going through a relatively mild fear period around that age. He was terrified of a particular statue in the park for about a week or so, until it's apparent immobility proved to negate it's threatening stance, lol!
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    My dog is also more alert at night. Just instincts I guess

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