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My family has a german shepherd, around two years old. Despite a lot of early socialisation he’s always had a tendency towards being slightly nervous, though this seemed to have been something he was trained out of (before he was one he’d bark at people who suddenly came up to him, or stuck their hand out, but nothing else).
However, he’s always gotten on with me as well as anyone else in the family. Yet a couple days ago, after I’d gotten back from a weekend away this had suddenly changed. He’s taken to being very nervous around me (not immediately after this, but within a day or two). Lightly growling (it almost sounds like complaining rather than ‘serious’ dominance growling or anything) when I pet him, though this soon stops. Constantly staring at me when I’m in the room, ignoring my instructions and extremely reticent to do anything other than sit still or leave the room, as well as numerous other signs of ‘fear’. And it’s just to me, no other members of the family.
This changes when he’s in the garden and I’m throwing balls for him/walking him and such where he goes back to completely fine.
Now I can’t think of anything I’ve done which would make him act like this around me, and certainly nothing new that he would have taken offence to. All this has left me fairly worried as it’s just such a dramatic shift in behaviour.