Hey everyone, I'm new to this whole kind of thing with owning a german shepherd (actually it's my first dog), I'm curious to know if any other owners had a pup that didn't like socializing and was afraid of strangers, car noises, hesitant to walk forward during walks, alert of other dogs and barking, shy and timid. I talked to my Vet about it and she said it wasn't normal for a puppy to do that, originally the pup that I adopted was with his brother but parted ways due to the adoption fees. He is 3 months old and doesn't like to go out and explore walks, if he doesn't walk anymore I just carry him. To socialize a dog do we mean socializing with other dogs and people? because currently my dog has only been socializing with people and children, my brothers and sisters come inside his exercise pen to play with him every day, we go on walks minimum 2 times a day and play in the yard 3 times a day, I'm worried the shyness will eventually turn into fear aggression towards strangers, any help? Thanks!
Couple of things going on that makes your concern about fear-biting real: 1, the pup appears shy with sensitivity to noises, etc.; 2, this is your first dog; and three, we are socializing/concerned about socializations.
So, we have an inexperienced owner socializing a shy puppy.
Go slow. Yeah, well, first the puppy has to trust you, has to believe you can protect him. The way you do this, is to be stable and confident and consistent with your dog all the time. Don't give your puppy a reason to distrust you. Don't freak out about chewing or peeing, don't tell the dog to do something 3 times and give up today, and get frustrated with her tomorrow. Training teaches you to communicate properly with your puppy, how and when to praise/reward, how to be consistent with your words and body language, how to tell the puppy once and then follow through, how to start and stop training with something fun that the puppy will be successful with. And so forth. As the puppy feels more and more comfortable with you, you can then get a little closer to other things.
I don't quite understand the bolded sentence. Was the puppy sold with his littermate?