|Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 9:48am PST |
|It really depends on what you want and expect out of your dog later in life. Like Jewel said, you can create a monster. Behaviors that are encouraged or allowed as a puppy will become habits that are very hard to break in older dogs. So think about whether you want your dog climbing into your lap (and possibly other people's laps) whenever she feels like it, and if not begin setting boundaries now.
Personally, I love to have my dogs in my lap, but I teach them a cue to let them know when it's ok. When my dog starts walking towards me, if I want him in my lap, I pat my leg. If not, I get up or block his way somehow until he learns that without the cue he's not allowed there. This way, when I'm in my work clothes or have a stomach ache, I don't have a dog that just randomly jumps on me.
And if your puppy happens to be showing any potential signs of separation anxiety or excessive neediness, it's even more important to start building some self-confidence and independence in her early. None of that means you can't cuddle her, but if you want it to be on your terms you have to set those terms as a puppy.
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