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Hi! I'm new here-- my name is Olivia and my husband is Daniel, and we have a new little addition, a PP crestie named Stella! She is 5 mos old and from a great breeder who shows and does all genetic testing. She was one of 6 puppies, and Stella and her sister were left a bit longer because there wasn't much interest in the litter. (It was a fall/winter litter, and a lot of folks shy away from getting a puppy in the cold months.)

 

At the breeder's, she was friendly and outgoing and eager to greet us and play. We were quickly piled on by 6 cresties who wanted to cuddle and she was right in the mix. She's healthy, done with vaccinations and just needs to be spayed in a month or so. Stella has been raised around a kid, other dogs, and a cat. The breeder also does grooming from her home, so they had visitors to see puppies and drop dogs off for grooming. But I don't think they got out too much, since it's been a pretty rough winter on the east coast. (Not an excuse, just a reason!)

 

She is doing fantastic with housetraining-- not one accident-- and she's eating well-- she's actually a little food hound! (I finally have a dog that's food motivated-- yay!) She loves being held and cuddled and will pounce after toys like a little kitten. She adores me and my husband already, and she feels very secure with us. She's napping on top of me as I type. She is crate-trained, too and has no problem being on her own (although, she slept in bed with us and she LOVED it). She hasn't made a peep except when she wants a bite of our food! 

 

I am wondering how to go about socializing, though. We had to stop at Petco for a couple last-minute things on our way home with her. She hasn't been leash-trained, so that was new and kind of scary for her. She froze up a bit and after I coaxed her walk a bit (so she wouldn't think not walking means I'll carry her), I carried her mostly. She was very timid seeing people there and though lots of people wanted to pet her, she didn't really want to meet anyone (understandable! we didn't force her). She is very jumpy around loud sounds or sudden movements. There's absolutely no abuse in her background-- the breeder we got her from is fantastic. But she's just very sensitive right now. I've never had a puppy that wasn't boisterous and over-friendly, and I want to make sure that I do right by her and get her socialized and more confident. She is very curious and even though she's a bit timid around the house so far, she's quickly warming up (she'll jump at a noise but then want to go investigate). 

 

What should I do first? I want to do a beginner obedience/puppy-type class with her at some point, but right now I think she would just sit and tremble! We live in an apartment complex where we can walk her around and meet lots of dogs and people, but again, she is kind of afraid walking on her own, especially on a leash. I don't want to do too much too soon, but I also don't want to delay socialization. This is our first crestie and we are just enamored with her gentleness and inquisitive nature. I work from home, so I literally am available all day to work with her and love her. What should I do first to get our baby acclimated to the big wide world?

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Hi and welcome!
Stella sounds like an ideal puppy. I'm not sure of her age but puppies go through a fear stage at around 6-8 months. It is important to protect them from anything bad or scary happening to them during this time while still exposing them gently to walks and people and other new things. Soon enough her natural curiosity will overcome her timidness. Just don't force new things on her and give lots of treats and praise everytime she accomplishes something new. Even a few steps while on a leash is treat worthy behavior. Congratulations and enjoy her puppyhood!

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She is beautiful! Not sure what to do except to take it slowly


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I personally like the timid ones they make the best companions as they do not challenge their owners, but just want to please. You can build confidence and watch your dog bloom and be the perfect companion. Suki was timid when I got her and not leash trained or been exposed to much of anything. I started with letting her adjust to my home for a week then I started working with her which meant not letting her hide to avoid new things, I started taking her out on leash and she dragged and pulled back or froze so I worked on the leash training which started with getting her to taking a step at a time and encouragement to walking and expecting her to follow and no longer stopping when she bulked, I also started introducing her to all kinds of new experiences sometimes alone sometimes with my other dogs.... started with the other dogs in tow then worked our way to alone then back and forth ( she picked up on the other dogs excitement about going for walks or travels in the car). when we came upon something that was very scary for her but in no way a danger to her I would stand there calmly and ignore her bucking and jumping on the end of the leash and just enjoy the scenery until she calmed down then I would talk to her and continue our walk but I would not pick her up because she did not need protecting. Suki now likes the leash, going for car rides and meeting new people and going to new places ........ she likes reinsurance in new situations and is fine if I am fine....

 

I took her to parks where there were people and dogs and other noises she wasn't familiar with then worked my way up to busier places such as busy streets, pet friendly businesses, etc..... I didn't do puppy classes but I am sure the classes would be a good place to learn socialization / security skills, she could pick up the excitement of the more confident pups. You could also when introducing her to the leash is have a more experienced dog with you to show her what is expected and that the leash is a good thing not evil.

 

Your going to have a wonderful companion for many years to come. 


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great advice so far

 

but just need to stress that socialising a crested is VERY important to me even more so than other dogs and constant socialisaton. see that with jack if left him isolated a little too long he will start reacting to thing. i think puppy class is great!!! as long as checked them out and its a great class as not all of them are great. if you know people with sound dogs that is a great starting point. letting people visit all ages and shapes and wearing different things. and off course not just at home but outside. go to places know are great. use treats to show how great it is or play if up for that as still young. letting strangers give a food treat equals to strangers being great. and most of all you need to enjoy it and be relaxed and calm :)


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Thank you all so much! That puts my mind at ease. Seems like there's so much information that says if your pup isn't bold and saucy then you're going to have problems for the rest of her life! I'm glad to hear that's not the case. We'll keep on taking it slow and just enjoying these puppy moments. 



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I should add-- my husband was tentative about even considering one of these "naked little dogs" when I started looking into the breed (thanks to Bald is Beautiful), but when he was swarmed by the mostly hairless pack at the breeder's home, he turned to me and said, "It would be kind of fun to have more than one someday, wouldn't it?!"

 

The breeder warned us they're like potato chips-- didn't think hubby would be addicted so quickly, though! ;)



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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new addition!

 

It does sound like she is being a normal crested. When you took her to Petco she had only been with you a short time so that is a lot for a puppy to adjust to! Once she trusts you more and knows you are her people then she will be more comfortable with the big wide world with you. Try to take her and make things fun. Don't push her to do anything. If she just wants to sit and not walk then just sit with her and let her take it all in while you tell her how great she is and maybe a couple treats. One thing I have had to stress even to myself is not to reward their fear behaviors. If you are in a new place and she just wants you to hold her all the time don't immediately pick her up when she is scared. Otherwise that will be her default behavior.

 

The first things I would do would be to take her to some places with some activity and let her just take it all in with you. Like I said if she wants to sit just sit with her and watch. If people approach just tell them she is timid and if they would like to give her a treat that is great, but just walking up and petting her may do more hard than good. One of the things about showing dogs is you may have a new puppy at their first dog show and the puppy may be nervous but people walk up and want to pet the dog. It's hard but sometimes you have to say no and do what is best for the puppy at the time ;-)


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Welcome, I have timid puppy too, he just turned 6 months. I have had good success with taking mine to places like Home Depot or lowes. It's not so intimidating. Denver gets really stressed at pet co. Or maybe I do and he can feel it. It never fails I run into the clueless owner with their happy goofy guy on the end of a flexi lead Charging up to say "hi". I just walk him around and when people ask to pet him I hand them a treat ( something really good like chicken ). It took a while but he is now taking treats from strangers. Still can't pet him but we are working on that. It you have a food motivated crestie it is a big plus.

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see if there is a treat she adores, and take it with you to petsmart. When people want to pet her, hand them one of her special treats, and see if they can coax her to take it. it takes time. 


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Nothing to add, just wanted to welcome you to the group and say what a beauty you have there!

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Hi Olivia :smile:

 

I'm new here, but just wanted to say congratulations, and Stella is beautiful!

 

How are things going?

 

My Maltese, Mia, was around 3 when we got her as a puppy mill rescue. She was terrified of everything. I had to just sit on the floor with treats all around me just to get her to cautiously come near me initially. Her first times outside she just stood on the grass frozen and shaking.

 

Nonetheless, she has blossomed in the time I have had her, and all of that timidness is a thing of the past. Stella is just a puppy, without any traumatizing events in her life, so I am sure she will come around rapidly. Just take it slow if necessary.....

 

Also, when I took my other dog (Charlie, a Bichon) to puppy school there was a dog there who was initially quite timid. The trainer was great, and it was a small class...that dog was right in there with the mix after a few sessions. So once she is used to you and your home, I personally wouldn't hesitate to seek out a good class for her.

 

Best of luck :smile:

 

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@DeeHaz-- thank you! She is doing great! It's been almost 2 weeks since she came home and she has become much more confident! We can even do walks now-- she was terrified the first time I took her out on leash, but by the very next walk, she was walking at my side like a champ. She still ducks away or tries to dart if she gets startled on a walk, but she recovers very quickly. Sudden movements will startle her in our house but her tail is up and her ears are perky most of the time. I'm working on finding a good class now! :)






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