Could be any number of things. Everyone feels brave in their home environment. She felt secure with her litter. Now the world is much bigger and scarier. She probably does have some nerves. This does not necessarily make her a bad dog, but it does mean you have to do more work to make her a really good dog. She is going to need a lot more neutral socialization and exposure so that she can feel comfortable with everything. One of my dogs has some nerve and reactivity to him. It's part of his personality and I can't change that, but with leadership and exposure he's confident in almost all situations, has excellent recovery when he does get startled, and is now my favorite dog to take places.
Take her everywhere and ignore her. Sounds strange I know. But consider if you were shy and someone took you to a party where EVERYONE rushed over and immediately got in your face and started talking to you. They were just being friendly, but sometimes it's enough to send you into a full blown panic. Much better to hang out by the wall, get to see everything, assess the dynamic of the place, and then maybe have some positive experiences with one or two new people who are non threatening. It works the same for puppies. Sometimes, it's easier to be accepting of new situations if you're not put on the spot.
So find a store and just go sit outside and watch everyone go in and out. Don't let everyone pet the puppy, not because you dont want her to be social, but because you do not want to overwhelm her. Some puppies are very gregarious and will just deal with any kind of man handling, and some are not. How you act will be important because if you calm and cool and no nonsense, she'll take her cues from you.
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