Dear Dogster reader,

Almost two years ago, we invested numerous resources and rebuilt the Dogster community. With new hardware, software and personnel, we did our best to satisfy the many users who shared their thoughts, pictures, questions, and love for and of their pets with us and friends. It was a thriving community with many users. We hoped, however, there would be more like you.

Times and habits have changed and we are sad to announce that the Dogster community will be closing down on July 20, 2019.

Dogster magazine, www.dogster.com and the associated social media sites are NOT shutting down. We encourage you to continue reading the content found in the pages of the magazine and the web sites, commenting through the mechanisms provided and sharing your ideas and comments with us and your fellow readers.

Instructions for accessing pet profiles were shared with everyone in 2017. The instructions can be found within the forum. AFTER JULY 20TH, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THIS CONTENT. And, effective immediately, we are no longer able to answer questions about the community.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to serving you through our magazine and website.

Cheers,
Dogster

11 month old lab who barks and lunges when he sees another dog or new person

He generally goes crazy, but with tail happily wagging at body level, but hackles raised. This only began recently, and otherwise he is quite well behaved. I am expecting a baby in a few months and I think it may have something to do with his instinct to protect "mom", as when we are home, he will lie next to me with his head on my tummy. 11 month old purebred lab, ridiculously intelligent, learns everything you try to teach him. Gets along well with my parents dogs (2 English setters and a very obese border collie) as well as his housemate, a smaller pit mix. I honestly cannot tell if it's protective instinct or excitement.
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