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Need help with my 4 month old:(

Roscoe is gonna be 4 months old on the 5th and he recently just finished all his shots. He seems to be REALLY shy with other dogs and strangers. Like today I took him to the dog park for the first time and the other dogs would come up and say hi and he would just run away all scared. And with strangers, he will come up to them to sniff but will run away and get shy when they are about to pet him. I'm really worried this is gonna be a problem when he get's older

Can anyone give me advice on how to fix this? Is it too late to socialize him? Please help
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Roscoe is gonna be 4 months old on the 5th and he recently just finished all his shots. He seems to be REALLY shy with other dogs and strangers. Like today I took him to the dog park for the first time and the other dogs would come up and say hi and he would just run away all scared. And with strangers, he will come up to them to sniff but will run away and get shy when they are about to pet him. I'm really worried this is gonna be a problem when he get's older

Can anyone give me advice on how to fix this? Is it too late to socialize him? Please help
It's not too late, but if you have not been socializing him up until now, you REALLY need to work HARD on it now, exposing him to as many people and well-beaved dogs as you can. If he has not already been to puppy kindergarten (he should be finishing by this age) start him ASAP. If he has already done puppy K, get him into a "graduate puppy" class. You want a class where part of it is fun training, but a large part of the class is spent on off-leash socialization.

But class won't be enough, and dog parks aren't great. Try to set up play dates with as many friendly, well behaved dogs as you can. (at least several times a week) likewise, take him everywhere he is allowed with you. The bank, most hardware stores, pet stores and many out-door eating places, perfect for this time of year. Always keep a pocket full of yummy treats with you. Hand these to people who are willing to help you. (kids in the 9-teen age usually LOVE to help, but try to get all sorts of people involved) Ask them to kneel down on the ground and allow him to approach. When he does, let them give him a treat. If this is all he can tolerate to start with, don't push it. Don't MAKE him tolerate petting from strangers.

In Home Depot or Lowes, or Petsmart or Petco, (I'm sure there are other stores of this type too) you can put him in the seat of the cart and have people interact with him there. they won't seem so intimidating if they aren't looming over him. Just make sure you hold the leash firmly as you manage the cart so there is no chance of him jumping out.


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You're from Columbus?! I live in Oxford! We should put together a puppy play date this summer! PA is 4 1/2 months so he would be perfect for your little guy to meet! He is confident but not too overpowering and he is on the shyer side with other dogs but really outgoing with people so he would make a good example for you little guy! I wonder if there are any other Ohioans out there!?

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As people approach him, ask them not to reach down for him, not to talk baby talk, and not to grin with big teeth showing and big eyes. Imagine some other animal twenty times taller than you, reaching down with a big hand towards you with teeth showing, and unusually wide open eyes, talking in a squeeky voice. Best to do people socialization first with people who understand toy dogs.
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It's not too late, but if you have not been socializing him up until now, you REALLY need to work HARD on it now, exposing him to as many people and well-beaved dogs as you can. If he has not already been to puppy kindergarten (he should be finishing by this age) start him ASAP. If he has already done puppy K, get him into a "graduate puppy" class. You want a class where part of it is fun training, but a large part of the class is spent on off-leash socialization.

But class won't be enough, and dog parks aren't great. Try to set up play dates with as many friendly, well behaved dogs as you can. (at least several times a week) likewise, take him everywhere he is allowed with you. The bank, most hardware stores, pet stores and many out-door eating places, perfect for this time of year. Always keep a pocket full of yummy treats with you. Hand these to people who are willing to help you. (kids in the 9-teen age usually LOVE to help, but try to get all sorts of people involved) Ask them to kneel down on the ground and allow him to approach. When he does, let them give him a treat. If this is all he can tolerate to start with, don't push it. Don't MAKE him tolerate petting from strangers.

In Home Depot or Lowes, or Petsmart or Petco, (I'm sure there are other stores of this type too) you can put him in the seat of the cart and have people interact with him there. they won't seem so intimidating if they aren't looming over him. Just make sure you hold the leash firmly as you manage the cart so there is no chance of him jumping out.
This is so helpful thank you so much !!!!! Im just so worried he will start biting people. Hopefully he will be more confident.

J and Paul Anka: we definitely should! I don't really know a lot of people who have dogs -_- so a puppy around Roscoes age would be perfect!


Thank you for everyone's input. Wish me luck!
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I had a puppy who was very fearful of strangers (especially men), so I would take him on men finding field trips a few times a week (tractor supply store was the best place). Any man who commented on the cute puppy, I would ask them if they would give him a treat? They were happy to help.

I was trying to have the puppy associate men with getting treats.

This puppy loved other animals - more than people, I think

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