Hi! Three days ago, after much research and googling, 12 week old Sammy joined our family. He's a very sweet cockapoo who I hope will be a great companion for my 3 year old daughter. We're crate training, which is going really well, house breaking, which is hit and miss, and socializing, which is so far a huge bust. Sammy is a VERY timid pup...more so at night, after the sun goes down, but even during the day he's a fearful dog. I know the controversy with walks and vaccinations, and Sam has only had his first set of shots, but I have been walking him around the neighborhood twice a day because I'm so worried his fear will turn to aggression. Sammy is afraid of my boyfriend when he comes home after work, loud noises (mostly after dark), people that walk by on the street, cars that drive by us, other dogs that may bark at us from yards...Pretty much everything but me and my daughter! He has his first vet check (with us) and his first grooming appointment next week, I plan to start a puppy class as soon as he's vaccinated enough to take part. With that and our walks, I REALLY hope it's enough to get him over his fears! Wow, this turned from an introduction to a novel, didn't it? So, hello! We're looking forward to all the help and advice I'm sure we'll find here!