08-19-2010, 08:47 PM
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Hampshire
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Looks like you are doing a good job so far. Its a good sign she is playing with your other dog, and also that she will cuddle with you in the evenings. Sounds like she is naturally shy and will need very gentle handling. Don't let people smother her or scare her in any way. Let her come up to people on her own time. Use lots of tiny treats (little bits of cooked chicken or little bits of hot dogs, etc) to reward her for any time she is the least bit "brave."
Don't make a fuss over her fears, as your anxiety will strengthen her's. Its only been a week and she is young and very malleable. Get some good books on puppies that are totally positive based. Overall, I just encourage you to have faith, take it slowly with pup and give her time. Forget what you were expecting her to be like and take her where she is, one step at a time. Keep learning about how to handle a shy dog, and she will most likely grow into a lovely dog.
I think you will get lots of very good advice from people here, so I hope you keep checking in. There are a lot of very nice resources on this forum.
Keep us posted! Best wishes...