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I just brought my puppy home yesterday. He is 10 weeks old and he is adorable. We have a two year old daughter and she is very excited about him being here. The puppy (we haven't decided on a name yet) seems scared of everything. He will back himself into a corner and not move. Is this normal since everything is still so new to him? Any advice is appreciated!
 

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Regretfully theres not much I can tell you of his parents except that there owner described them as great guard dogs,great with kids and farm raised. The owner met me half way on a 4 hour drive and brought the three pups along. The poor puppy is scared of everything. He will warm up to me and then an hour later doesn't want near me.

I will try and post pics of him tomorrow.
I am just going to try to keep working with him and see how it goes.
Any more advice is greatly appreciated!
 

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Unfortunately, if you have had the pup for more than a few days and he is still frightened of everything, he may always have a fearful side to him. Sounds like the breeder did very little (if any) socialization with this pup. Most pups will have fear responses, but will come out of it within a few minutes. This pup sounds well beyond that point.

You need to keep things positive with this pup..as he matures, if he acts afraid, do not coddle him and say things like "it's OK" and pet him soothingly..this will only reinforce the fear response and behavior. If he acts afraid, ignore him or redirect his attention and only give him praise when you see a confident positive response. As he becomes more confident, expose him to as many people, sights and sounds as possible... keep positive and remeber not to soothe him if he acts afraid. If he is so fearful that he is trembling and backing away when he is older, I would be very careful where you take him...he may become a fear biter if he feels cornered.

If this is your first AB, I highly recommend you get him into puppy classes and work with a trainer as he matures. The earlier you start, the better chance you have of pulling him out of fear.

Do you know who the breeder is, and what bloodlines this dog comes from? Just curious.
 

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It will be hard to answer any questions without seeing the baby...OK I have no idea what to tell you I just want to see the baby :cyclopsani: What I just read sounds right to me though
 

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Loki was very timid when we first brought him home. However, it took only a day and a half before his true colors began to surface. He's still somewhat afraid of strange people/objects outside, but i imagine the fear will slowly dissipate as he matures.
 

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I found out today that his bloodline is Johnson. He is getting much better and is not as afraid. I have been socializing him with other people as much as possible. I will post pics soon.
 
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