5 mos. old English Springer Spaniel who has become timid on walks
I have a 5 mos. ESS who over the last month stops dead in his tracks when he spots a person (with or without a dog) approaching us while out walking.
He's very socialized - attends a puppy socialization class 1x/week, plays with the kids in our neighbhorhood (as well as our own kids), plays with the neighborhood dogs, loves having visitors at the house, etc.
I can't figure out why all of a sudden he has to stop and wait for the person to approach us and once he realizes they are "ok" he's ready to jump all over them and give them (and receive) love and attention.
He's also typically a happy, well-rounded puppy. Not overly hyper or timid at other times. Although when greeting another dog he usually is the more submissive one at first greeting.
Is this typical for this age? Any suggestions on how to get him past this stage? I've just started trying to entice him with treats as the person approaches so I can keep him walking. Not working so well, but today was the first day trying this tactic.
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