Hello everyone and Happy New Year from the 3 and soon to be 4 of us.
I have seen this question posed on various facebook groups with conflicting answers, so I thought I would ask it here to see what the common thoughts are: do Vizslas go through a fear period around 2 years old? Why am I asking about this? Because Breeze seems to have developed some fears over the last few weeks and she will be 2 years old in March. Primarily, she now seems to be afraid of strangers and of the car. She used to be a true social butterfly, needing to say Hi to every person she would meet, whereas now, she barks at everyone, whether she is on or off lead, and seems to be afraid of everyone. She will bark at strangers, but even at people that she met and gave kisses, like 30 mins before. Super weird.
The car isn't as bad, but she used to go in, lie down and sleep, whereas now she is super unsettled and pants.
We have also noted that her guarding has increased as well. She now barks at everything outside: cars, people, snowflakes, etc... And I am thinking that the 2 might be related. She is supposed to be out of her fear periods, but nothing has happened or changed to explain those behaviours, but the timing seems to coincide with the "legendary" 2 years old fear period.
Actually, the one thing that had changed, and this is going to be a little controversial, is that Breeze got spayed about a month ago.
Any thoughts would be more than welcome. I have asked the same question to our trainer and to the breeder we are getting our new puppy from, but I m trying to get as many perspective as possible as we want our super social happy dog back.