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hi i am new to this site and would love any advice given, my pup is 10 weeks old and is very shy aroud new people they stroke him and he will try and burrow into me to get away should i be concernd.

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Where are you attempting to socialize the pup at? On his turf or out and about on neutral territory?
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i took him to pets at home pet store a few times and to the vets for his first vacc.
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Try having people meeting him in an area that he is used to and comfortable in, and praise him heavily when he allows people to pet him. He may just not be used to (or not like) being the center of attention. Explain that to people so they don't go straight for him. I've heard some people will have guests ignore the dog for a bit and then feed it a treat before petting.
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It's normal for them to be shy to new situations. Until your pup has it's second round of shots, I'd be careful about places with a high volume of dogs like pet stores.

Go everywhere with your pup. Parks, outside of grocery stores etc. The tough thing is people (especially kids) who swoop in to pat the cute pup. Keep a close eye out and hold your hand out and tell them to stop. Allow your pup to approach them. Ask them not to move, just quietly hold their hand out and if they are willing to offer a treat, all the better.

Make sure you are in a place that isn't too overwhelmingly busy (pets stores have a lot of people and dogs coming and going and it's hard to find a quiet place for your puppy to observe things and take it in)
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My advice would be to take him out more carrying him, so that he can see people in parks, pet stores, etc. and learn that people aren't bad. If he'll take treats, after a week of going out daily with him (carrying him, he's not old enough to be on the ground yet) start having strangers give him a treat. Don't coddle him if he shys away, just let them pet him for a second and move on.
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its ok i dont put him on the ground and i dont let other dogs come near him thank you so much for all your advice i will try it out and hopefuly he will come out of his shell and start looking forward to people comeing to say hello

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Good luck! Just use a lot of patience. Puppies are really like having a child all over again!
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hi i am new to this site and would love any advice given, my pup is 10 weeks old and is very shy aroud new people they stroke him and he will try and burrow into me to get away should i be concerned.
Yes. If he's shy or fearful then your socialization efforts are actually counterproductive. Socialization should be an positive experience, so make sure he feels safe. If that means that he needs to around people at a distance rather than up close and personal, then that's what you should do for now. Give him the choice to approach people or not, don't force him to be subjected to being petted if he's not ready for that.

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