5 month old puppy with lots of fear? HELP!
Hi all. Background. Purchased 8 month old GSD from FL kennel however dog was full of fear, anxiety and timidity. Shipped first dog back to kennel. Breeder shipped us a 15+ week old puppy in exchange for the other dog. Dogs are unrelated.
Puppy is of WGSL. She is currently 20 weeks. Sire is Peik Vom Holtkamper Hof, if this helps any. Currently being treated for puppy pyoderma dx'd by vet after she arrived. When she arrived she was o-kay. A bit timid in areas where we feel she shouldn't have been and it has escalated. She is literally afraid of shadows, dogs barking, new people, if you approach her too quickly, if she's caught off guard and the list seems to be growing. We were running around our house in the dark playing with the kids and my husband literally scared the pee out of her. She ran and cowered in the corner barking and yelping. I walked outside early evening yesterday and she ran up to me tail tucked, hunched up like a coyote, growling at me. Her behaviors are not typical of a well bred GSD. Vet said she doesn't appear to be blind or anything remotely close to it? She actually snapped at me today when I was adjusting her collar. We have had GSD's in the past and she is nothing like them. Her fear level really bothers us. She is also very clingy looking for security even when just in the backyard. Separation anxiety as well. She's afraid of the dark when it comes to going out at night also. Is there a way to build confidence or is this poor breeding somewhere in the lines? At this point, I am concerned that she is going to turn into a fear biter. She has had only 1 set of puppy shots and no rabies shot at this point as I am well aware of vaccine injury. She is fed raw in am and grain free dry kibble in pm.
Any advice? Any recommendations? Any good solid trainers in York, Pennsylvania? or surrounding area? Thanks in advance.