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Puppy shy 3 month old?

Discussion in 'Doberman Puppies' started by captainkirk, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. captainkirk

    captainkirk Novitiate

    Hi folks, brand new here and looking for some advice.

    We went to our first puppy party today, and were shocked when our little playful pup ended up showing very fearful behavior - trembling, hiding behind us, running away from the other puppies. He was the most fearful of the entire bunch!

    The trainers put a small band on him that seemed to help, and he was doing slightly better at the end of the session, but he never did play with the other puppies, he just stopped running away so much. He was fine with all the humans, just not with the other dogs.

    We're signing up for puppy classes ASAP, but is there anything else we should be doing? Has anyone else had this happen? He's met and played with a few other dogs without any issues, so we were quite surprised. We got him from a well-reviewed breeder, and his parents don't have any shyness issues that we know of, nor has he had any traumatic experiences. Is this something he can overcome, with our help?
  2. Ravenbird

    Ravenbird Notable member

    Hi & welcome to the group. You'll find most of us agree here that despite the general population thinking puppies should get together and play, many puppies, especially working dog breeds are much better off to not have "dog friends". There are some serious fear periods that puppies go through and if they get overwhelmed during a fear period it can scar your puppy into adulthood. Find a puppy class that is ALWAYS on leash and strives to connect you with your dog, not your dog with other dogs. Dobermans at this age would consider you their leader and protector and to be set down into a novel situation (room full of strange puppies) and being expected to take care of himself without you for back up can plant in his brain the idea that you (!) may not always be trusted to be there for him. Puppy parties and dog parks are not a good idea.

    Please don't take this as criticism - there is lots to learn, and you've taken the first important step by asking for advice. Some Dobermans are more fearful than others and the best way to deal with it is boosting his confidence with lots of interactive games and training with you.

    Oh, and pictures. We love puppy pictures!
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  3. Dogs4Life

    Dogs4Life Notable member

    Welcome from Michigan!! I wouldn't worry too much about his interaction with other puppies at this time. Especially if they all are not up to date on shots. Like Raven said, I would focus my time and energy on positive interactions with you and your pup...and other humans of the household.

    Best of luck!!
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  4. NikiL02

    NikiL02 Formerly Nlr02 $ Forum Donor $

    Fear periods happen. It's okay.
  5. Doberman Gang

    Doberman Gang Hot Topics Subscriber

    Find a class that teaches you how to play and bond with your dog while ignoring others and their dogs. Nothing good can come from puppy play sessions or interactions with strangers at this age. It will create more pulling problems when they get older and stronger trying to pull you to every stranger and thinking every strange dog is is someone new to play with. It is time to teach them you are the most fun.
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  6. LifeofRubie

    LifeofRubie Active Member

    The first time theyre let loose at a puppy play time can be quite overwhelming. 3 months is still a baby. They're still figuring things out.

    I would agree that as he gets older, group play times are less important. If he continues to demonstrate that he doesn't enjoy the company of other dogs, it's not something that needs forced on him.
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  7. Ddski5

    Ddski5 Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    Build confidence through fun and training.

    Never truly understood this statement until I had Ragnar. Your pup is still young but through the course of the next two years, the bonding, training and exposure you give to your pup will certainly determine the Doberman he becomes.

    Take him everywhere, challenge him on tables, bleachers, see saws, streams, buses, street cars.....be with him and let him know you are in charge, you can handle all the situations encountered and he can always count on you.

    A confident Doberman is a sight to watch.
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