My (about)5mo puppy got her last set of puppy shots the other day. I have been fighting the bit to get her out and about.
She has been, so far, a pretty confident pup. Not only has she not startled at anything new she has seen at my house (big compressor going off, power tools, air tools, loud crashes, helicopters, 4th of July was a breeze and we had just brought her home, any new object I have shown her, etc.).
Now that puppy shots are officially over, I celebrated by taking her on a walk the next day. I had not taken her off my property in a few weeks, almost a month. She hesitated. She promptly got over it when I called her after me and gave her some food. She took food all through the walk. Good sign? I know anxious dogs won't take food...right?
Walking her was kind of like flying a kite, so all that leash prep work went right out the window, lol. I remained patient and just let her explore. She just kind of sniffed everything. Good?
She showed some signs of anxiety. She put her ears down when we were down the block where she had never been, and slightly tucked her tail. So I slowed down and the tail came out, the ears went up.
Things she reacted great to: A parent teaching her kid how to ride a bike with him wobbly riding within 12 feet of her, kids playing at the playground screaming and being kids, cars going all over the place, people jogging, honking cars, people on bikes. In fact, one person rode their bike right up to us and asked to pet her. She walked right up to the person, tail wagging and relaxed.
Things she spooked at: A semi that sped down the main street by my tract, and a kid on a skateboard.
She was doing so good around the main street, I walked her along it (2nd walk). The semi whooshed by, and she spooked. She recovered pretty quickly, but she was unsure after that.
She did the same thing at a kid on a skateboard. She initally spooked once and got over it quickly. After that she watched, obviously curious. I was kind of bummed about it, because I have a skatoboard and showed it to her, rolled it around while she ate food off of it, and she didn't mind it at all.
She also keeps wanting to go up peoples driveways?
Judging by this post, what could I do better? Am I expecting too much?
The two times she spooked I just calmly waited for her to chill out.
Is this a normal puppy thing? A fear period? Or is it nerves? I want to give her time and space, but I don't want to space out and suddenly have a crazy dog.
I'm just hope I didn't miss that important window, you know?