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Please help with very shy 9 week old puppy

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My Name is Cindy. I have just joined this forum. I got a 9 week old Havanese puppy this weekend. I discovered he has not been well socialized at all. He was the "runt" and is scared of everything. We have made progress in the 48 hours which he has been in our home.... but I want to do everything I can for him while he is still young. I have read on one post that socialization is imparative from 4-16 weeks. He is way behind and I want to help him catch up without "over mothering" him and making him a whiny lap dog.
I created a "den" for him. I have chosen to crate him in an effort to increase our chances of potty training. He finally just came out of his crate on his own to eat this morning. I then took him out 15 minutes later and he peed and pooed while walking with me in about 15 minutes. I praised him but it scared him. He walks right under my feet. So far no accidents in the house. He has done his business every time I have taken him out.

I so much want him to come into his own and experience all the true joys of his breed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I work from home and can spend a great deal of time doing whatever it is I need to do.

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I would advise taking him with you places as much as possible. PetSmart and Petco are good places to take him too. Just keep comforting him through it all. But as many people, noises, and such you can safely expose him to, will help. This is what we did with a rescue dog we had. She came from a home with a mentally challenged boy, and she was very frightened of everything and everyone... we just took her for walks at PetSmart every weekend. She (with time) got much - much better, and we were able to place her in a new home.

Good luck- just give him lots of love.
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Hi and congratulations!

With socializing, we had a shy pup and was startled with loud praises/noices....just take things slow. Soft petting, offer treats for trust from other people. Things will work out. She became the most frienldy dog I have ever I had. Just keep everything fun, no harsh scolding and away from things you perceive would be frightening for a pup that was socialized properly.

Take him with you whenever you can, the different sights, noises, smells will all help. If he is terrified to walk alone, carry him some of the time. But set him down to look at things, etc. Eventually he will start to wander to see something he is curious about. (on a leash of course)

I haven't had a scared pup before, so others will jump in with suggestions.

Congrats again and welcome!

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Cindy,

He's very young and just had his world turned upside down so give him a little time to adjust to all the sights, sounds and smells in his new environment. I agree with taking him with you whenever you can. I did that with Milo when I first got him. It was rare that I left the house without him and he got used to lots of different people at his own pace.

Welcome to the group and the crazy world of hav ownership. Sounds like you're off to a good start.

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thanks

Thank you for such quick answers. You guys have made me feel better. I have never had a fearfull puppy before... and I was terrified he could always be like this. I live in a rural community.... but will take him every where I go. We go to the park a lot... and family gatherings on farms. I will expose him at his own pace to everything I can.
I am going to start some basic leash work and obedience excercises next week.

Thanks again,
Cindy
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Just a word of caution....my vet has always advised NOT to bring my dogs to Petsmart/Petco until they were fully vaccinated. Just wouldn't want your pup to get sick. Hopefully, he will come out of his shell soon

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I am sure that he is just trying to figure things out....it is a big adjustment to these puppies. When we brought Jillee home we took her everywhere in her little carrier...I mean everywhere. People did not know that she was in there. We never put her on the ground until she had all her vaccines because we did not what her to get anything. But people would ask to pet her and I would gladly like them too...the more socialization the better. When I got her my breeder invited me to Ohio to meet a friend of hers and Jillee came with us.....she is very comfortable in the car...just curls up on the seat now!!!! He will come around it just takes time...oh and by the way we love pictures....and what is his name? Let us know how things are going!!!!

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Cindy welcome to the forum and we are so glad to welcome your new baby. First of all he is a baby - so it might take time. I agree with bringing him places, but keep him in your arms & dont put him down till he has had all his shots. You dont want him to get sick, in an effort to socialize him!! That is a great start with the potty, you might want to very gently do the potty party when he goes, squat to the ground, with a treat out, and very lightly do the praising. Eventually he will be running to you for the treat after doing his potty!!

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Thank you for such quick answers. You guys have made me feel better. I have never had a fearfull puppy before... and I was terrified he could always be like this. I live in a rural community.... but will take him every where I go. We go to the park a lot... and family gatherings on farms. I will expose him at his own pace to everything I can.
I am going to start some basic leash work and obedience excercises next week.

Thanks again,
Cindy
Cindy,

There are so many threads on here from people who had the same fear about their puppies when they first brought them home, myself included. People kept talking about how loving and interactive their dogs were and Milo was . . . well, very quiet, sort of distant and not at all the exuberant puppy he later became. After a short while his very fitting nickname became "lunatic."

You're in for a real treat with your adorable baby boy. Enjoy it, and by all means document it for us.

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Take him with you whenever you can, the different sights, noises, smells will all help. If he is terrified to walk alone, carry him some of the time. But set him down to look at things, etc. Eventually he will start to wander to see something he is curious about. (on a leash of course)
Yes, of course make sure he is up to date on his 1st set of shots before putting him down in public. Forgot to mention that!

But sights and sounds of your yard, put him down and let him smell around. The front yard is totally different than the front. Leashed unless fenced in yard.
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