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Advice on manning down puppy
We're first time dog owners, and brought home a 9 week old puppy this past Saturday night (her name is Koa, and I will get pics posted soon!). So far things are going really well - she's so sweet and sooo much fun.
My question is in regard to the manning down process described in "The Focused Puppy", which I can't find any threads on in the forum, but maybe I'm not very good at searching. Aside from the 3 hr car ride home, the first time I tried it was Sunday night (first full day at home) - it took her a bit to settle into me, but she eventually did and it was awesome. In the couple days since, her personality has come out a bit more and I'm finding the process is not so awesome for her. She was much more resistant the second time, and at one point gave a small growl. I gave up and just let her lay on the ground next to me instead which she much preferred to being on my chest. So she was settled, just not on me. Do I count that as a success since she did settle down? I have no problem with firm but gentle if she's just wiggly (like the first time), but of course I want to be respectful of her cues as well. The book says keep at this until she settles, no matter how long it takes, but, how much is too much? Do I start introducing treats, or just keep trying (over time) and be patient? Any advice on how best to persist is greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
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