I feel bad for asking this. We've had Luke right over a week. He's precious and we love having him here (when he's not wearing us out with the repeated trips outside every 45-60 minutes) or chewing on the coffee table or jumping up and nipping at my little girl, etc.
Seriously, for the most part, he's a good little puppy. He is lovable but he's also a typical playful chewy puppy that enjoys being rambunctious.
But I kind of feel a disconnect even though he's taken mostly to me from the start. He follows me wherever I go and will sit next to me and lay at my feet when I'm doing my hair or washing my face, etc. It's cute. But I feel like he's kind of vacant...like he hasn't connected with me either. When I go to snuggle with him, his first reaction is to play bite my fingers and he always looks away like he's just "there". He does let me rub him but the bond just isn't there yet. I guess I'm recalling the dog I grew up with and how close we were. But I don't remember the early puppy stages either.
I guess I feel like we're playing with him and taking him out and tickling him, rubbing him, etc and he's become the sudden center of our lives but there's no emotional connection yet.
Will there come a bonding moment or does it just happen over time? I'm sorry if this is a silly question and I'm kind of embarrassed about asking it.
Your pup has bonded to you by being around you all the time.
That blank stare is probably a tired look that he needs to take a nap...Dexter does this when he is tired all the time.
Puppies nibble because he is a puppy and he is exploring to find out who you are. Praise the positive behavior like touching you lightly. Yelp for little bites and nips to get their attention and turn your head away for about 15 seconds and then turn back to him like nothing has ever happened. Most likely your pup has walked away and started playing with something else or he is still standing there.....Just play with him.
Teach your puppy how to play with his toys and praise independent playing!
Dexter was 24/7 for me..........first puppy and I am learning.....playing, going outside to have Dexter potty, teaching, feeding, exercising (running Dexter) to wear him out, or whatever........
Puppies are NOT babies! They do not snuggle or show expressions of love like people.
When your puppy jumps up next to you to sit with you, praise. Praise when your pup allows you to pet/stroke him....remember to be touching his feet and praising.
These our my opinions/suggestions.....so, don't blast me, anyone, please. Treat me gently....I really am a nice person and learning...I learn everyday on this forum!