I just wanted to give an update to a previous "help!" post, you may not remember but I was very concerned about socialising my somewhat traumatised rescue pup, and worried about how to do it.
12 months on and I have to say a big thanks to everyone who gave advice - pup is now a happy, social friendly girl, with lots of doggy friends. Special mention to everyone who said the best thing to do was get her off the leash - I was terrified about doing this as she was so unpredictable, but met a lovely guy at the local dog park who told me exactly the same thing (actually unclipped her lead himself!!!) and had her run around with his two, considerably smaller but just as energetic, dogs. They are now the best of friends. Great advice for a natural worrier, and the best thing I have done (except for one incident where she mowed down the local magistrates wife on the beach....poor puppy has a little trouble applying the brakes when she works up speed. whoops!)
She still has terrible nightmares from time to time, but she has come along in leaps and bounds, is no longer terrified of men (still a bit cautious if they're holding tools ... if I ever find the people who originally did this to her.....grrr) and has a healthy (almost too healthy, little fatty boom batty she is!) appetite.
So thanks again for helping out a newbie, especially when you didn't have to. And like any proud parent, i'm going to bore you with some 'before' and 'after' shots of skinny underfed scared pup when we first adopted her, and happy little fatty boom batty pup of today (including one with our next door neighbours puppy - such good friends she tunneled under the fence to come visit us and play....one habit I hope my girl doesn't pick up!!) Her smile hopefully lets you know how happy she has become, thanks in part to your advice!