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Follow up on Lily being so shy and nervous.

So we started puppy class- 2 classes and had our first 1:1 training. Trainer said she is spacially nervous , and she has seen it w other dogs regardless the breed. Funny bc I'm a lot like that , so ironic I picked a dog similar to me. ?She even couldn't believe she didn't want the peanut butter when learning to heel , and I don't like PB. I feel hopeful she will be able to overcome some of her fears and being so skiddish. She does not enjoy at the end of class " pass the puppy" where you pass to each owner in a circle so next time I'm just going to leave her on the floor. IMO, The forceful holding is not necessary. But 1:1 trainer was a big help and we will continue. So that evening I used her advice on a neighbor on a walk. I had her not reach for Lily but put treat behing her back and not Face Lily and let her come up to get the treat a few times w person have her hand behind her back w hand out, and I clicked as she took the treat , then as she warmed up to her she had treat in front and had her come "touch" her hand and she would take treat from hand. And after 10 min or so. We were sitting on grass talking and she was able to pet Lily wo her running away or acting nervous. . But this was a first!! So I feel some hope that she won't be so scared of everyone forever and I love training and teaching her. Here she is trying to get donut holes from my purse today!!
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I think you are right not to force her to be handled by people she is worried about. Letting her wander on her own and investigate people if she feels comfortable is perfect.

It's funny, because Panda is not the least bit shy of most people. But we were practicing the "stand for exam" once for obedience, and I asked the secretary at one of the training centers I go to to "examine" her. (which for Novice Obedience means a single touch on the head, shoulders and rump) I didn't realize until she came out from behind the counter that she had a big fluffy poncho-type sweater on, and clinking bangle bracelets. Panda freaked! She wouldn't let her anywhere near her!

I;ve practiced the stand for exam many times since them with other people, and she's fine, but I want her to get over her fear of Leigh. So every week, when we go to that training center for agility, I give Leigh a handful of cookies. I stand in the office door, holding Panda's leash. She doesn't have to go in, and I don't encourage her pr say anything. When she gets up her courage to peek in, Leigh tosses her a cookie. When she has taken several, Leigh can usually toss them closer to her feet, and Panda will go get them. IF she gets the cookie and stay looking for more, I have Leigh hand her one directly. If Panda takes the cookie off the floor and retreats, we don't push her any farther. Since Panda is, in most circumstances, a very confident puppy, I'm sure she'll get over this. But I'll take all the time we need to do it. If she were a shy puppy, I'd STILL take all the time she needed, but I'd be doing the same sort of thing with lots of people, not just one.
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Sounds like you're doing the right things. My Lola was terrified of most women when I first got her, and would back up and growl if a woman was walking towards her, let alone dare to touch her. I worked with a behaviorist vet for a few months, and I'm glad I started when she was young. It took about a year of daily work, but she'll be two in a few days, and she's unafraid in most situations now. She'll even jump up on a park bench next to a strange woman and let herself get petted. I rarely even think about how scary it was that she was so scared as a puppy, and am grateful for the trainers who worked so well with me to help her.
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Lily is a lucky girl to have you as her owner. Your patience and effort will ultimately pay off. Thanks for posting the new photo!

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Lily is just precious! She looks so sweet with her cute face looking over her shoulder.
How awesome she is getting more brave with those great training tips!
You are doing a great job following her lead in what she is comfortable with and when!
Can't wait to hear about her progress as time goes on.
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