We just got a new dog yesterday (3 mo old Boston Terrier). Last night she followed me everywhere around the house. Today, she's afraid to leave the living room. she will literally follow to the corner of the couch & then sit & stare, then run back the other way.
We have a very open floor plan where, living, dining, kitchen & foyer are all like one big room. She needs to leave the living room & go through the foyer to get out the door to pee.
We've been having to pick her up & carry her. Can we expect her to adjust within a few days, or do we need to do something now before she gets used to being carried?
Hi Steph It's absolutely normal for your puppy to be uncertain, even a little afraid and/or homesick when she first comes to her new home. The world can be a scary place to a tiny puppy!
Many puppies seem very quiet or withdrawn to begin with, they may lose their appetite, sleep more than usual or hide under tables etc. This adjustment period usually lasts a few days, to a week or so at most.
I wouldn't worry too much about your puppy's behavior right now, it sounds as though she just needs time to explore at her own pace. She will gradually extend the area in which she feels safe, and will soon be scampering all over the house.
I don't think carrying her for a few days is going to be a big deal, but don't make it a long-time habit. As soon as she's feeling a bit more confident, encourage her to follow you to the door by offering a tasty treat and saying something like "let's go outside" or "hurry up" in a happy, upbeat voice. She'll soon get the hang of it.
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