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Millie is a bit cautious around new people. She barks and cautiously approaches, and then usually runs away and repeats the process. I can tell that she WANTS to say hi, because she is wiggling and waggling her tail like crazy and sometimes even doing play bows!

I've done my best to socialize her- puppy classes, taking her to friend's houses, petsmart, etc.

I've never had a poodle do this. When I walk her, these kids in our neighborhood always want to pet her, but she jumps a few feet away! I have no idea what to do differently! She seems so well adjusted and BOLD in every other way.

She doesn't even seem all that scared when she bolts away, because her body is not stiff, she isn't cowering, etc. I guess I am just a little concerned because I have heard so much about "fear biting" - and I don't want this to develop into that.

Will this go away? Should I be concerned, and what can I do?
 

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I have exactly the same thing with Poppy - as long as people give her time and space to decide whether they are safe, she is all over them after a few seconds of hanging back. If they loom over her, or are too pushy, she keeps her distance. Same with meeting dogs - she just likes time and space to think about it. I tell people to ignore her for a few minutes (and suggest to children that they sit down - all my neighbourhood children and their friends sit on the ground as soon as they see my dogs - happy dogs, happy children, less happy mothers, especially when it is wet and muddy!). Sophy went through a similar stage, and is now much more confident about greeting people and dogs, but I do think a reasonable level of caution is a good survival tool for dogs. Until they can be sure they are reading the body language and facial expressions of dogs and humans correctly, it makes sense to stay where they can avoid being hurt, and to be ready to run. Sophy went through a similar stage at around 8 months, but quickly became able to judge who wanted to be approached, and who was better ignored. Poppy seems to wait to pick up cues from Sophy - yet another reason why I should be walking and training them separately even more than I do now, to ensure that dog number two learns to trust her own judgement ...
 

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Flyer prefers to approach people rather than have people approach him..once he has made friends he'll be all over you if you let him..LOL..I just tell people to let him come to them. Since the two Cavs will generally run up to people they have plenty to pet until he decides to come up.
 

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This has worked pretty well for several people I know, especially if you have a dog who's food motivated. Have a bag of mini treats with you, wherever you go, to hand to the stranger, for them to feed them one or two as they're greeting. Then they start associating strangers with good stuff, and aren't so nervous when they first meet them. After they're approaching people with a little more confidence, back off on the treats, so they only get them every once in a while, and before you know it, nervous greetings will be a thing of the past.
 

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This has worked pretty well for several people I know, especially if you have a dog who's food motivated. Have a bag of mini treats with you, wherever you go, to hand to the stranger, for them to feed them one or two as they're greeting. Then they start associating strangers with good stuff, and aren't so nervous when they first meet them. After they're approaching people with a little more confidence, back off on the treats, so they only get them every once in a while, and before you know it, nervous greetings will be a thing of the past.

I've heard of great success with this method, although some dogs have been known to approach ALL strangers in search of a treat :p
 

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If Vegas does this to people, I will personally walk up to the person and speak to them in a friendly manner. This usually gets Vegas thinking 'Oh, I'm being silly' and will walk up to the person too, once he does this he gets praised.
 

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I've used the bag of treats trick, too, especially with children. I think part of Poppy's problem is that I find it hard to schedule enough walks etc for her on her own, and she looks to Sophy for a lead rather than trusting her own judgement. She is also simply innately rather cautious - and did not get as much socialisation in the last weeks at her breeder's as I would have given her.
 

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treats treats treats. An easy one is a jar with PB spread around the outside (Ie use an old PB jar Voila it's done for you *L*)

Give it to the new person have them offer it to dog. Dog is encouraged closer by the treats and is instantly rewarded. Plus the licking behavoir is calming
 
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