So so darling, Coco came into the Spaw, little cute sweater on, and flopped on her back on the counter for me to love her and adore her. She is only 11 weeks old, and she knows exactly how it goes in this human and dog world. I love to see a happy puppy!
Well, oh yes, that's right, they are still unlearned babies, and we do have to teach them. Like when I had to groom Coco's face and she didn't LIKE it. Yes, you are perfect in every way and I adore you, but you are not aloud to protest things that you would rather not do by naughty growls and teeth abuse.
Gentle consistent and confident assurance is how I deal with puppy fear issues. We talk through it and I do as much as I can showing them that they can voice their fears and they will be heard but they can not bully me into giving into their fears and I will not let them give in to them either, to a point. Everyone has their limits of learning something new, and it is more important for a baby to learn the lesson on a positive note, so as far as it is still positive even if they are having to do my will and not their fears will, I will not push farther.
I had another little baby Shih Tzu boy in just before Coco, same age and a friend of Coco's, and he was great for everything except cleaning the ears. so I did a little, then stopped. It is more important that he has a good experience, and now he knows that I will need to do that every time, it will not be a surprise to him.