Originally Posted by Nigel
I agree with the others, he responded to your "hesitation". If you approached all casual this probably would have not have happened. Dogs are much better readers of body language the we are.
sigh. I was approaching "all casual" because in my mind it was the end of a perfect day for the puppy and us. My hesitation was because of his complete stillness, which to me was unusual. There is a huge difference between being aware of something unusual and evaluating it, and feeling scared. It is like if your partner is upset or angry about something, but is silent but you still sense it. Saying that your partner is upset because you weren't casual is just being silly.
I do have a sense of our puppy's body language even if only through habit and instinct.
Anyway, issue has been resolved if anyone cares to read.