Puppy Fearfulness Getting Worse
Edie and I got back from spending Christmas with my Mum a couple of days ago, and Edie's fearfulness has gotten so much worse since we came home.
Ever since we've had her (she's 17 weeks now), she's been nervous and flighty, but we'd settled into a routine of working slowly through the issues. But now she reacts to every tiny noise outside or flitting shadow against the window. She shakes, and growls, and tenses all her muscles. I've had to start keeping the TV on and the curtains drawn just to give her a break from the constant vigilance.
Also, she just won't leave the house at all. She's always hated walking on the street, but now she cries and shakes and jumps up at me or the door before we even get a step outside. She won't even go into the yard, where she used to love to play. I don't know what to do, I'm scared anything I try will make her worse.
My Mum thinks she just needs a few days to "get settled back in", but I'm convinced there's something seriously wrong. I want to schedule a home visit from a behaviourist to see if I'm causing the problems somehow, or at least to help me know how to help Edie. Should I? Does anyone else think I'm overreacting?