Have a 14 wk old lab mix adopted from pound. She is so scared and shy of people. We can barely catch her in our yard. She wags tail and plays sometimes, and loves our adult fem germ. shep. She is too scared to get a treat from our hand. SOMETIMES she will run up and grab and run away quick... but rare. Hides behind trees. We have until Fri to "return" her. I have an 8 month old baby too. Wanted dog as friend for adult dog... a puppy to be raised w/ my daughter. Is there hope for my puppy biscuit? Or do I need to take her back Emotion: sad
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Have a 14 wk old lab mix adopted from pound. She is so scared and shy of people. We can ... raised w/ my daughter. Is there hope for my puppy biscuit? Or do I need to take her back Emotion: sad

IMO, you should probably take her back.
You've got enough on your hands with a baby and another dog.

Wait until your daughter is older, say 5-6 years old, then you can think about getting another pup and by then your daughter will be able to appreciate a puppy more, and know how to behave around one.

Your pup, if you take her back ASAP, will easily be able to adapt to another family. Or maybe you could try to find another family yourself?
Anyway, good luck with your decision.

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Have a 14 wk old lab mix adopted from pound. She is so scared and shy of people. We can ... raised w/ my daughter. Is there hope for my puppy biscuit? Or do I need to take her back Emotion: sad

Let me clarify here. You have only mentioned interaction with this puppy outside. You don't actually keep her outside, do you?

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TO dfrntdrums@aol... Yes, the puppy is outdoors. She is inside right now... however, I have to "catch" her and carry her inside because she is scared to walk through the doorway. She seems to think that the door will slam in her face (this has never happened.. at least not w/ us). I am also afraid that "chasing" her and "snatching" her up to bring her inside is not a good idea. Plus, it is very difficult to take her out for a potty break when I know that I may not be able to get her back inside. She is cuddling w/ my shepard under the table right now and I am refraining from approaching her and "ignoring" her. I am attempting a new tactic. PLEASE OFFER ADVISE IF YOU CAN! thank you... \
Please reply if possible... I posted a reply to you. You seem to have knowledge in this area...
Please reply if possible... I posted a reply to you. You seem to have knowledge in this area...
I'm voting with Jack here (return the puppy). A fearful puppy is not one I'd choose in a household with an 8 month old baby.
As far as taking her out for a potty break and not being able to get her inside - that's what a leash is for! Yes - even in a fenced yard. A leash can be a great tool indoors as well - a literal handle on the situation. Many puppies feel more confident with a leash on as well.
Because of this pup's behavior so far, as well as your need to raise your baby, it's likely that you'll wind up with a pup who's totally bonded to your adult dog and not to you. That means a dog who doesn't particularly care what you want or ask.
Toddlerhood is enough of a job that raising a puppy, and a fearful one at that, just isn't compatible.
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I'm voting with Jack here (return the puppy). A fearful puppy is not one I'd choose in a household with an 8 month old baby.

I'm voting with both you and Jack on this one. I meant to post to Jack's post in agreement. Not only is a fearful puppy not good in household with such a young
baby. I also see it as a bad sign temperment/
disposition wise.
My vote is take the puppy back while it is young.
Gwen
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I'm voting with both you and Jack on this one. I meant to post to Jack's post in agreement. Not only is a fearful puppy not good in household with such a young baby. I also see it as a bad sign temperment/ disposition wise.

Based on what the OP has posted thus far, I'm not convinced that this is a fearful puppy.
I think the OP sounds extremely inexperienced with puppies and puppy behaviors, and, IMO, that's yet another reason for having her take the puppy back, or find it another home.

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