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Luna'sMom 12-06-2013 12:23 AM

What's this about?
Ok, so day one for little Agnes here. She seems sweet, playful, not really timid or shy. Pretty confident, really. Crying a little bit, but don't blame her! So many new people and new environment! Follows us all around, retrieves for us and comes when we call her. But one question: When we evaluate a pup before bringing home, we always either/or cradle them in our arms on their backs to see reaction or gently hold them for a few seconds on their backs on the floor. We did this for Agnes at the breeders. She squirmed a second, settled, looked at me...fine. Ok with that. After we brought her home, it did not take long to realize that she HATES being held in your arms.(in fact, she cried all the way home from breeders (only ten min drive), and now I think she wasn't scared at all,,...she didn't want me to be holding her!) She's fine being carried from one place to another, if I sit on the floor, she will come right over and sit on my lap, but as soon as I try to hold her with both arms....screaming, protests, squirming to get away. Not holding her tight or trying to confine her in any way. I have never had a puppy do that. What gives? Is it just being new to us? Is this a GSD thing? So, after I realized this is what she was not liking, I tried putting her on her back, and guess what? Compete fit. Crying, kicking and screaming. I don't get it.
yes, realize it's her first day here....and I don't have a problem with her not being a cuddler, just don't want an over-the-top independent dog. Some independence good, and I think in the nature of the GSD (?).

Seven weeks old. When she met our husky, she was very submissive to her. Wanted to play and be with her, just exposed her belly for her and licked her mouth.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

Baillif 12-06-2013 12:26 AM

Pick her up and hold her. She can scream protest and whatever but don't put her down till she settles. Soon shes going to realize settling is the best way to get her way and that's when you gradually elongate the time she has to be settled before you let her go. You can then combine that with treats and praise for settling, and before ya know it you have a pup that will let you handle them without a fight...and that is pretty much how you teach a dog to cuddle you by force.

Luna'sMom 12-06-2013 12:31 AM

Dear Baillif:

That was my instinct, and that's what I did after I figured it out that she hated it. Like I said, I don't have a problem with her not being a cuddle bug...just don't need her getting all worked up on me. ;)

PS, nice (abate, and little scary) profile picture! ;)

Baillif 12-06-2013 12:36 AM

They learn to like it if you teach them to like it. Pup doesn't know what she's missing out on yet!

Sunflowers 12-06-2013 04:54 AM

I honestly wouldn't turn her over, if she is uncomfortable. You just got her. You're trying to build trust. Keep the interactions positive. She just had a huge life change and needs to feel secure.

Angelina03 12-06-2013 06:43 AM

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Hi and congratulations on your new pup! I have to agree with sunflowers. Give her time. First of all, GSDs are not called Velcro dogs for nothing! Lol. She'll get there. Secondly, they are also aloof by nature (with strangers) and you're a stranger yet. I love "cuddly" animals and my Rocco was the same as a pup. He never wanted to be held. I started off by gently picking him up while asleep and putting him on my lap without waking him... Long story short, he's a total love bug! Completely attached to us and affectionate. And he turns over on his back all on his own. Lol.
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Luna'sMom 12-06-2013 07:53 AM

Oh she most definitely will get there. Just the right amount of aloof ;)

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