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?