I posted last week that I did go ahead and get a 9 week old female Sheltie last Friday. Everyone posted good advice. Sandy suggested noise CD's and I did get those and Ella is doing well with the thunderstorm sound. Potty training is going pretty well. She actually really pees every waking hour! She has come around with both my husband and I great, esp my husband and even working with her and the 11 yr old cat is going well. I have had 2 previous Shelties, although only one as a puppy, the other was a rescue and I have not seen Ella's behavior in either of them and Missy was neurotic! Where my concern is and I am wondering if there could be a problem is she trembles and literally shakes to the point she pretty much collapses at anyone else and also all things outdoors. I have taken into the nearest small town twice and just walked around a bit. I was shocked 8 lbs gets heavy to carry fast! There is one tractor store that allows animals and I carried her around in there yesterday. There was only one other customer and it was quiet. She was absolutely terrified and shook so badly the cashier asked me if she was healthy! A friend stopped over when I asked her to for a hr and half visit. We didn't force anything and she had lots of treats, it went okay, but she couldn't get near Ella. I posted that we live on a quiet country road and there are not people or anything more than nature sounds. We have no close relatives and live really quietly, there are no local puppy classes. I really have no problem if I have a adult dog that is reserved and doesn't come out to get greet people or even let them pet her. What I am finding concerning is I really wanted a walking companion and a dog that will be fine walking past people and "things." I know I have only had Ella a week, but other two Shelties although always reserved didn't tremble and shake so. My question is am I doing the things correctly you all suggested I do? Is there anything else I should be doing?