Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: N. NJ
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Normal behavior or quirky
We are so enjoying our new family member. Keeper has been an awesome puppy in her first 48 hours with us. She is realiable on her pee pad (yeah!) and is calmly accepting all of the new attention from young and old visitors. We have an x-pen set up in the kitchen with a little door to it. She'll come out to play in our gated kitchen, but when she is tired or a bit frightened she'll go into her little bed in the x-pen. At night or when she is unsupervised, we close the little door and she stays in the x-pen.
The funny thing is that we've given her a variety of toys to play with. But as soon as we introduce a ball or a teether, she will promptly bring them back into her x-pen. She allows us to take them out but as soon as we do she grabs it to bring it back to the pen. Is this normal hoarding instinct? Should we train her differently? Should we close her off from the x-pen to socialize differently?
As new puppy owners, we want to do things right. Our formal puppy classes don't start for a couple of weeks. Thanks!