I'm a first time CORGI and PUPPY owner so there's a good chance I'm being neurotic about this so I apologize in advanced for this being so long. I just want to make sure I go about things the right way and to kind of break any bad habits now before he gets stuck in his ways.
We've had Reggie, our 3 month old pembroke, for two weeks now - sweet as could be, and very intelligent - Happy as a clam when he is home with the two of us. My only concern is how insanely shy he is...it's to the point where he comes off terrified of new people and dogs.
I'm beginning to think it has something to do with his experience(s) at the breeders because he has had nothing but positive ones with us. I tend to bring him everywhere and whenever he meets someone new, I have them give him a treat and he receives lots of praise from me. When I do bring him places everyone, and I mean EVERYONE gushes over him - he attracts a lot of attention, and it's always positive & I make sure he is approached in the proper way. HOWEVER, his ears go down and he cowers into the nearest corner and sometimes lifts his lip/shows teeth. I don't baby him or even let him hide behind me (and believe me, he tries his hardest.) I just reassure him that everything is alright. It's the same when we have people come over to the house.
And kids? Forget about it! He acts as if they were zombies after his brain! The main issue there is how quickly they approach him or just simply move around him and it freaks him out to no end. There are a lot of kids in my family and they all want nothing more than to play and run around with him, as you would expect a pup to do. I bring him around them as often as I can and tell them to go slow and even had him licking peanut butter (his favorite!) off of their hands.
When it comes to meeting new dogs he's very apprehensive - which I believe is normal and completely fine. Yet, if the other dog is eager to meet him Reggie gets VERY snippy and aggressive. At that point I cut in and pet the new dog and let him know he's okay, and yadda yadda, then he begins to slowly warm up to them only to become very dominating (which I'm sure is just part of his alpha corgi attitude.) Then this tends to turn into him just bullying the other dog and being too rough. Is this okay? If not, is there a way to correct him or teach him otherwise? How do I get him excited to meet other dogs and people?
I know he's still new and adjusting and I've read that the third month is their fear stage - So I guess my main point of this loooong entry is to ask fellow corgi/pup owners if I am just being an over concerned mom (which is likely of me |:) and how to show him that meeting new people and animals doesn't have to be so terrifying, but rewarding.