Your dog needs socialization. You need to expose it in a positive way to things in daily life.
Puppy classes, things like agility, dog parks, trainers will all help your dog become more outgoing and strengthen the bond between you.(hopefully, this is why it is important to breed for disposition as well as health. If it's ingrained in here genes, basically you've got a long haul ahead of you) It's important not to baby her though. She will learn that she will get rescued from the situation she doesn't want to be in. Don't pick her up and coddle her. She is a puppy now and it is easy to do so, but it's important to think of the entire picture. You are not going to want a fearful adult dog crawling in your lap.
Encourage her to interact, but keep a close eye on her body language for everyones safety.
If she stiffens up, and appears to take an aggressive position, sort of change the subject and redirect her attention elsewhere with another activity. Then get on the phone ASAP with a behaviorist.
There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
When we first got ours, he was terrified of every sound, all the other dogs etc. Slowly but surely he now knows most everyone and likes them all. I make sure anyone new holds their hand palm out down to him, and they stoop to be smaller. Never had a problem. Yours will be fine. Pope has great advice.
I think I read somewhere (I may be thinking of a baby book since I was reading both at the same time) that dogs go through "fear stages".. Like at certain weeks they can be easily frightened by the vacuum or people or thunder or things like that.. Maybe that's what's going on??
And I'd say socialize your puppy now.. We waited and WAITED with ours and now its just insane to take them in public.. They're too wild.. Parvo is SOO bad out here and we were extremely worried.. Our pups had 5 series of vaccines because that was what was recommended for our area.. And at the time we got the pups I knew at least 4 people who lost shelter dogs to parvo.. So, we waited to take them places.. And we waited just TOO long.. Ask your vet when is a safe window for you to take her out.. I'm sure he/she knows what's ok for your area..
i guess it is the way that some dogs and people present themselves, or maybe it has to do with the given situation that the dog is in.
my dog doesn't like kids. he's very wary of them. he also doesn't like it when people (no kind in particular) just pop out out of nowhere, i.e. if we're taking a walk in the dark and he didn't notice them until the last minute.
i don't know about the early socialization thing. i started taking mine to the dog park at 2 months, despite being not fully immunized (i think he had just gotten his 2nd set of shots after the very very first set). i don't know, especially because there are mixed and contradicting feelings about socialization and immunization and the correlation of those two.
in any case, i did it because it was breed-specific. asian breeds are known to have socialization issues, so you should do it early on. it was also sink-or-swim for him too; i just threw him in there with the adult dogs because as a puppy i felt that the other dogs would know and put him in his place without killing him. and he would learn that way. but i mean, obviously i would get involved if anything looked too serious.
but you could try to find a happy medium i guess by taking yours out to public places and have people pet her while you hold her and not let her get into contact with surfaces.