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shy/timid meeting new people
Hi - just graduated out of the puppy forum first post here.
Ruby is 15 months old and we took her on her first vacation to a dog friendly hotel in Vermont. We noticed that she was very reluctant to meet new people while on vacation. Perhaps it was because she was in a strange place, but it was definately worse than usual.
Lots of new people would try to pet her/say hello and most of the time she would sulk and put her tail between her legs. Even with the bellhop, who she saw three/four times during the stay, she was slowly warming up to him (perhaps it was the uniforms?). I was even giving people treats to try to bribe her, but even with that she was very hesitant. We are worried that this could turn into her biting someone if she feels threatened. Back home she gets excited and loves the attention when she sees familar neighbors while going for walks. Meeting new people at home was mostly lie down on her back (which may also be too submissive); occasionaly she would shy away, especially from men [definately never abused from any men - we've had her since she was 8 weeks old]
When she was a pup we tried to have meet as many people/dogs as possible by taking her everywhere (i.e., daughter's school, walking trails). Is this an inherited trait? We are going to keep an eye on her now that we just got back and see how she does.
Any suggestions? I assume I should just be taking her to more public places. Just don't want to forc it on her and make her more scared.