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I agree as well. You don't want to reinforce the fear behavior by cuddling them and telling them they are okay and you're going to protect them. That will just make it continue indefinitely. If you notice that he doesn't react to the barking you want to reward him then with lots of cuddles to reinforce this behavior instead. As far as phases go, there are two fear impact periods that pups go through. I think one is around 7-12 weeks and the other one is between 6 to 14 months. Not sure if those are the right ages but it seems like they are. These are the times when things that frighten a pup can stick with them a good while. You can get info about this online.
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