04-17-2018, 05:53 PM
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I agree with Revolutionrocknroll, lack of socialization, improper socialization, and genetic predisposition can all contribute to it.
There's actually a line of Pointers that were purposely bred for fear. Here's a link on the experiment, https://link.springer.com/chapter/10...-4612-3524-8_5
I was given my dog Zody when he was a year old, I got him from a friend who had raised him from the time he was around 4 weeks old, I know she never abused him. What I suspect happened is that he had improper socialization. I suspect that when he was a puppy people ignored his signs of fear and picked him up, cuddled him, etc. which in turn made him even more fearful of people, it also taught him that people ignore subtle signs. The end result was that by the time he was a year old, and was given to me, he had started barking, growling, and if close enough snapping at people to get them to go away. It's all rooted in fear, instead of fleeing form what he's afraid of he tries to scare it off before it gets him.
I'm betting your dog is doing something similar. She's scared but instead of fleeing, she's chosen to scare the thing she fears away.