Puppy’s First Explorations
Puppies are used to companionship and staying with them while they explore their room is usually best.
Let them do this in their own time, and gently tap their food and water to show them where they are. Speaking softly can help them feel comforted, as they may be timid at first.
Sit on the floor and let your new puppy come to you. Don’t force any interaction, and make sure everyone in the family is aware of this rule. If your puppy hides and won’t come out, then wait quietly, or make reassuring noises - the peace and quiet may give them courage. Make sure to reward them when they do emerge!
Once your puppy is bouncing around their room, and you are happy they are eating, drinking and interacting happily, you can start leaving the door to their room open to other areas they will be allowed in. They will explore in their own time, and you can enjoy watching their confidence blossom!
The main thing to remember is not to tell off your puppy. Your puppy has no idea what is expected of them, and being reprimanded can lead to confusion and may even lead to poorer behaviours developing. Positive messages when they are doing behaviour you approve of is the best way to have a strong and happy bond with your dog.
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