05-11-2015, 02:57 PM
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How old is the dog now? is it still very young?
it just lost it's family, so when it was in the fearful side before it will probably need a while until it gets used to you being their new family. Dogs don't know that you're now their owner they don't know that they can trust you and you'll protect them.
They just know that they're still very young and you just took them away from their mother and silblings, which is for a baby animal a very dangerous situation.
Their instinct tells your puppy that it is dangerous to be alone, since it is still too young to protect themself.
Such a young puppy, in a dog group/family wouldn't be the one meeting a stranger, may it be a human or a dog. they're still much too young and too inexperienced to protect their group from the "intruder", so the only thing they can do is stay back and learn how to behave around other people/dogs by observing the adult dogs and finally make contact and start with the stranger when they feel save and the adult family members signalise them that everything is fine.
So from the dogs point of view, I'd say this behaviour is very normal and understandable.
Of course you also have different personalities amoung the dogs and some are more brave and other are easier scared, but generally this is healthy dog behaviour.
It's not that you shouldn't let your dog experience new people/dogs, but I'd ask them to ignore the dog and don't touch him and especially don't leave your dog alone with a stranger.
when he's so scared I'd start with keeping him with you (on the floor, on a leash, in your control) and reward just accepting the stranger calmly until the dog by itself decides to make contact.
I'm not a big friend of forcing people on the dog, since the dog probably doesn't connect a nice feeling with meeting new people and this can (not must) lead to the dog detesting strangers even more.
You should also not forget, that the German Spitz was bred for being wary and more distanced around strangers, since they were bred as watch and alert dogs. So to some point the dog staying away from strangers is also normal the breed.
Last edited by mathilda; 05-11-2015 at 03:00 PM.