Dana and John
Join Date: Jun 2013
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Independent Puppy but Less Affection
Dana and I made some conscious decisions to instill a sense of independence in Gibbs. We chose not bring him into our bedroom to sleep, and allow him to work out anxiety for himself. To clarify:
We always make sure he's safe, but when he cried the first few nights he slept by himself, we allowed him to calm himself.
When the thunderstorm hit, we didn't rush to comfort him. We allowed him to calm himself, and when he was relaxed, we put him on the couch with us.
Here's the "problem" - He seems like he doesn't like to cuddle or snuggle for more than 5 minutes. He loves to play and give kisses, but doesn't seem to enjoy being pet for more than 5 minutes at a time. He will occasionally stand on his hind legs to get up on the couch, but will always move to the far end.
I guess my question is:
By trying to instill a sense of independence, did we lesson his need for affection?