Hi everyone! I have my puppy (8 weeks) now for about 4 days
she's doing great, her name is luna and I still can't believe how smart these dogs actually are! I just have a question id like different opinions on. On the second day I had her I took her to a soccer field to learn fetch (she's understanding well!) and there's a path on the other side of the field that leads to a park, a man and his puppy were walking by and she made a short growl/bark? And watched them as they approached us from far away, she was a bit scared of them at first and would sit behind me or on my feet, but eventually warmed up to his small 8 month old puppy. We then went to the park where the kids were and she never growled or barked, she watched some play and was even fine when they rode by on their scooters/bikes etc. eventually she fell asleep under the bench we were sitting on as kids were still playing
yesterday we went to a different park and a dad and his kid were coming through the forest and once they emerged she made the same noise, I could see her hair on her back by her neck ripple and once they got in clear view all she did was stare at them until I redirected her to come up the playground steps
Once more it happened later at the park when a person far in the distance was walking their dog, she made the noise then went back to playing after staring for a moment
She was in my front yard and a neighbor and his dog walked by, his dog went crazy barking and luna watched it and barked a bit back..I feel like I just rambled a lot but what should I do in the situations where she barks/watches the strangers? Is it because she's a baby at 8 weeks?
OH! One other thing, we went to the waterfront beach and she didn't make a peep at anyone, she would sit by my legs and still observe while I was on the bench and people walked by. I could tell she was nervous when dogs would walk by and try to get at her. When people would ask to pet her she hid behind my legs, I'd give them a treat to give her but she wasn't reLly interested. The waterfront here is very busy, did I overwhelm her?
I'm going to take her to the waterfront again today, what should I do differently to make her more comfortable? Thanks guys!