So I'm looking for advice on puppy socialization - our girl is 5months.
After her second set of shots (11 weeks or so) I started socializing her with dogs I knew were vaccinated and good with puppies. As she got older she's met dogs every day, often new ones, we did a preschool class with her and are enrolling in a more advanced class.
She has had 2 bad experiences, however. One, a scottie she had played with several times before who had always been sweet to her, suddenly went for her nose (no blood drawn but loud screams).
Second time several weeks later we met two dogs on a walk, when I checked with the owner he said they were fine with puppies, so I let her go forward to sniff and say hi, and one of his dachshunds went for her ear and drew blood - nothing serious. I immediately separated the dogs and drove the attacker away both times and since then have been very encouraging and even more careful about who she can play with.
But she's still very skittish around dogs - will always be hesitant and run from head to head contact for the first few minutes, no matter the breed or size. A very few dogs that she knows very well she will run up to happily.
I realize the incidents are going to have affected her socializing, but she was skittish before either incident. If a playful/rambunctious dog/puppy wants to go to her, she runs/cowers - I put myself between them, ask the other owner if they mind giving her a bit of time, and reward her for approaching.
Is this something that will improve as I keep socializing her? She's 48lb and tall enough that other owners are getting nervous when she backs up and wont be social.
She's the opposite with people - wants to greet everyone with typical puppy joy.
Any advice would be great.
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