|Barked: Fri Jun 5, '09 12:22pm PST |
|New puppy, very shy.
So Penny does pretty well when it's just she and I...although if she isn't on one of her "safe" spots (the couch or her kennel) she whines and whines. I have a weekend guest and while she has warmed up to him considerably in a day, she still is only at ease when she's in my lap or in her kennel or hiding on the couch or in a corner. She plays well a couple times a day, pouncing and running and acting afool, but she definitely has a scared disposition.
She was a totally different pup at the breeder --bossing her bigger brothers around and generally being a happy dog. The breeder's adult dogs, including mom and dad, were very alert and interested in me, and did not shy away when I approached their fence.
Penny's 12 weeks old this week, and I am thinking that she was not very well socialized. While the breeder claims that she did, I know you can't trust everyone. She seemed to be doing better the first couple of days; she met my boyfriend's mom's Goldens and really liked the odler of the two, who is a very gentle dog, and a tiny beagle puppy, who while he was a bit rowdy for her was still able to engage her in play.
Sorry for the long post! Anyway, I know Aussies can be reserved, and I've only had her for 5 days. Should I relax and just keep introducting her to new things and not rewarding negative behavior like hiding? Or does it sound like she might be perinially shy??
I'm a very worried new puppymom. My boyfriend and I live together and he's in California for the next 6 weeks. I'm afraid when he gets back it will be to a shy, unfriendly little girl who only loves her mama. She's so incredible sweet and affectionate to me...
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