I have a 14 week old shih tzu puppy that just finished all of his vaccinations about two weekends ago. I was so anxious to get him out of the house that I signed him up for a small dog play date this past Friday and then his first grooming appt the following day. The play date went well I thought. There were about 10-12 dog owners there with their small dogs/pups. At first my puppy was really scared, he would hide in the corner or under the table with his tail tucked in. He would run away from the other dogs if they get too close or want to play with him. But eventually he broke out of his shell and started getting more curious and would just stand on the side and watch the other dogs play . . . and then slowly joining in. I thought he had a good time since towards the end of the night, he was running around with all the dogs and playing. Then the next day, we took him to his grooming appointment. He was surprisingly very calm when we picked him up about 1.5 hrs later. The groomer told us that he was very nervous at the beginning but then he got more relaxed towards the end, and recommended that we go back every month to get him used to the whole grooming process. I don't know if it's because my bf is extra paranoid, but he is claiming that our puppy has gotten a lot more calm and has since then barked less. I think he is a bit calmer, but still playful. No change in his eating or playing, maybe just less whiny. I think my bf is a bit upset with me because he thinks we should baby the pup more and that we had traumatized him by introducing too much to him in such a short amount of time. So what do you guys think? Am I really forcing too much onto the puppy and now he is traumatized?