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Old 03-24-2014, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Puppy Scared of strangers..

Our girl is Five months and scared to death of people. We try to interact her a lot but backs away. Our other girl was never this way hoping she will grow out of this. Any advise would be great thanks.
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you been going out with a hungry puppy and a ziplock baggie full of cheese/liver/roast beef/liver? I know handing that out to my puppy when out and about is very calming. And when I can get closer to people to have THEM give the treats even better.

How have the other socialization and engagement trainings been going? Have you been able to attend any puppy classes yet? A HUGE help when we can take the time and make the effort to learn how to work thru issues as they arise.

BTW, have you contacted the breeder with the situation to get there opinion and help? It's why we pay the big bucks for a 'responsible' breeder and sign all that paperwork. For the lifetime of help we may need with our pet.

Have you been able to work on ---> Top Training Expectations for Puppies

GSD Puppy Primer Tips

This is generally NOT something our pups just 'grow out of' but we can work with a fearful pup to make it much better.

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Five Golden Rules for Working with Fearful Dogs by Nicole Wilde | Fearfuldogs' Blog
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And my favorite

Leerburg | Who Pets Your Puppy or Dog

I dealt with a "people aggressive dog" pretty much the same advise as in the top link above. Very happy with how my guy turned out!
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the extra sites..I have talked to breeder and she helped but I really think it's a stage she will come out of..Everytime we have attended classes she is fine..The treat thing is a good ideal I didn't think about that thanks again we will continue training ..
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Time and patience.
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi, your pup is a cutie! I found this article really helpful:
Leerburg | Socializing Puppies

(There is a lot of great info on the Leerburg site, not all of it, but anything with Michael Ellis I think is excellent - not sure if you hit on this already...)

Anyway, I think if your pup is pulling away, it would really help if instead of having her interact with people, ask them to completely ignore her. Let her go at her own speed, it may take a while, but she might get interested enough to sniff at them. Keep ignoring though! Don't let them pet her. It may take quite a while depending on how fearful she is, but that's OK, you can do a lot more good sending her the message that you're going to be the one that keeps her from being scared, not the one that puts her in over her head. OK, I sound like I'm gonna suggest that you take her paw and sing to her next, huh?

Good luck and have fun!
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Thanks for the advise..
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I highly recommend the Leerburgh links. I used the "Who Pets" with my people aggressive GSD and he turned out great. Keep people out of his and take your time, when he's ready to meet someone you will know!
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