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Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered: Six things that confuse puppies

September 8, 2022

There’s arguably nothing cuter than watching a puppy encounter objects and experiences for the very first time.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC) there are six things that discombobulate almost all puppies in the most adorable way:

  1. Vacuums: It is most likely the noise of the vacuum that confounds puppies —and maybe the fact that we humans are pushing this giant “beast”v for no apparent reason. Most puppies will bark and growl at a vacuum—and, if they do not become desensitized, you might find yourself stuck in the middle of a lifelong battle between pup and machine.
  2. Mirrors: Watching a puppy look at himself in a mirror is always entertaining. Some young dogs lose interest immediately, but others try to figure out where the other dog they see is located. They may offer appeasing behavior or even circle around behind the mirror (if possible) to try and find the other canine.
  3. Television: Some pups can’t help but be intrigued by this strange device, which emits sound and moving images. Their curiosity is often heightened when they hear or see another dog on the screen. Try watching a dog show with your canine companion in the room. It’s one fascinating experience.
  4. Ice cubes: There’s something about ice cubes that confuses but also excites a puppy. Ice is cold and slippery, sending many puppies into a play-bow and barking frenzy when they joyfully discover that it’s edible. If your puppy is bored or teething, an ice cube is a cheap toy that will soothe and entertain him. However, you should never let your pup chew on an ice cube unsupervised, as they can present a choking hazard.
  5. Brooms: The fast action of a broom baffles many puppies, so they will often react in the same way they do to a vacuum: either running from it or attacking it. But some canine companions may view it as a new toy. Getting puppies used to our weird cleaning devices will definitely make for happier adult dogs.
  6. Phones: Admit it: you’ve asked your pet sitter to hold the phone up to your puppy while you’re away, so that you can tell him what a good boy he is. Hearing a voice, especially a familiar one, come from “nowhere” is enough to confuse any young animal. Some puppies respond with the all-too-adorable head tilt. Others may start looking for you or try to paw the phone.

Most of the time, puppies’ reactions are cute and exploratory—a surprised bark or growl when they first see something that’s quickly replaced with a confident play-bow when they realize the new item is not a threat. However, you should always watch your puppy for signs of nervousness or fear, so that you can quickly turn a negative situation into something positive. This will help ensure that your puppy grows up confident and relaxed. If you still find yourself with a fearful puppy, speak to a professional dog trainer about what methods to try next.

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