Scaredy-cat Standard Poodle Puppy
Hello to all!
I'm new to forum but have been lurking here ever since I got our new standard poodle puppy Holly in October. She is 6.5 months old and about 45-50 lbs so she'll be on the big side for a female spoodle.
She's very sweet, VERY smart and very social with other dogs. Our issue is her socialization with people, particulary strangers. Since we've gotten her at 3 months old, we've socialized pretty heavily with other people, bringing her to Home Depot, Ace Hardware, having people over the house and going to other people's homes with her. Her reactions generally have been anywhere from excited but fairly calm acceptance to exhuberant (jumping up) but calming down quickly. Lately, within the last month or so, she's taken a turn into being somewhat timid to really scared of people. Last night, for example, we were walking down the street when we stopped to meet another dog and it's owner (both strangers to Holly). Holly did fine with the other dog but when the man went to say hi to Holly and pet her, she literally tried to bolt the other way and had a mini breakdown.
This is very concerning to me and I'm not sure what to do about it! We are working on her obedience training (we're on our third class at our training center and loving it), and we want Holly to feel comfortable and social when she's out and about, just like how she behaves at home.
Anyone else have this issue with their poodle? Any advice?