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Timid 8mo puppy

We got her almost 2 weeks ago. Got her on a good schedule and my wife and I work from home so she's with us 98% of the time. She is very timid but warms up to people easily and even though she was around 20 other dogs at the SPCA she goes ballistic. She is getting better. She is a very sweet and loves lots of attention and she gets it. My question is how can I get her to get a ball, pull on a rope etc. She loves rawhides and not really anything else yet. Suggestions how to get her out of being timid and more playful? Thanks in advance
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First, give her some time. You've only had her for two weeks; she's had big changes in her life and will need some time to adjust. You probably aren't even seeing her real personality yet. If you "pursue" her to try to get her to play more, it may just be overwhelming for her at this time. Let her explore new experiences and environments at her own speed. You don't need to push her to build a relationship with you--let her come to you.

What do you mean when you say she goes ballistic? Do you mean that she barks and carries on when she is around other dogs? That kind of behavior from a young dog generally indicates a fearful or insecure dog, not an aggressive or self-confidant dog.
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What Mel said.

It's unfortunate that rescues don't have pamphlets explaining how to best allow a dog to adjust.

The first two weeks they should only spend with the family, in your house/yard, meeting no one else and even slow introductions to other animals in your house. You don't know their past and what they've been through. They need time to unwind, adjust to your schedule and to get to know you and trust you.

Then in the next two weeks you do slow introductions... walks around up and down the block, if you see she's comfortable go around the block.... You want to do everything at a snails pace, too much too fast and you'll either see aggression or fear/timid. Luckily you're seeing intimidation.

It takes a full month - 2mo. before you really start to see their personality come out. In the meantime, you need to be playing games and doing things to build their confidence. Google, "dog confidence building" and you should find some fun games you can play.

Good luck.
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Is she "going ballistic" around other dogs? On walks, or?

Right now, I'd really recommend the 2 week shutdown. It can really help adopted dogs adjust to their new home.

Here it is: https://www.marshmallowfoundation.or...file=20866.pdf

You can even extend it longer. And, when you stop the 2 week shutdown, take it SLOW. Let her adjust to her new life. Don't push her. Let her take things at her pace.
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Very good responses by the first three to answer your post. She's been tossed into a wholey new experience in her two weeks with you. It'll take more time than that but the best advice was from everyone who said "Let her go at her own pace..."

I absolutely agree--she'll get there but pushing her won't help

About the playing--she probably doesn't know anything about playing with toys or with people. She'll learn from you but it takes some patience to teach a dog who hasn't had any experience with playing with people to get there.

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Another thing to remember as time goes on--when you're home alone with a dog almost exclusively, the dog can get dependent on having someone around at all times. Sometimes you can see anxiety and dependency kick in when a dog is in a new place or has a new family too. You want to make a point of leaving her home alone fairly regularly so she doesn't develop separation anxiety (in a dog-safe place--crated if you use one--NOT loose until you REALLY know that she won't destroy stuff [maybe not ever].)

You may only need to leave for 10 minutes or so a couple of times a day--but it is a good idea to help her know that it's OK when she has to be on her own.

I'm not hearing you describe anything of that nature, but if you do run into trouble, here's an article you can check out:
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-c...ration-anxiety
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