13 weeks; more fearful near home.
Hi there. 13 week GSD.
We're running into a [possible] issue where she's fearful near home. Specifically, if she can see the house (or knows we're close) and something spooks her, she's VERY apt to retreat home.
Specifics that tend to startle her: strange man in the alley behind our house, barking pitbull behind fence, UPS truck being loud.
Generally speaking she's very well adjusted, does well around people, dogs, the vets, etc. But she's very skittish outside in these settings.
However: The problem is less pronounced in totally unfamiliar places. We had to park on a relatively busy street with lots of foot traffic, and she was fine, if a bit timid. No freaking out, or refusal to walk with me, etc.
Is this something I should flag as a major issue to work on, or is this relatively normal? Mostly when we're near home and something is out of her comfort zone she wants to go inside now.
Problem, normal, or not ideal (but not unusual)? Steps I should be taking (we're very focused on meeting people and dogs and new things right now).