05-31-2014, 12:43 PM
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Ignore her, seriously it's what she wants.
As long as you know that she's pottied and she's on empty leave her loose in a puppy safe room, sit on the floor and read a book, play a game, watch tv, whatever you want, and ignore her. If you catch her looking at you toss her a very small (the size of your little fingernail) tasty treat, speak softly to her, then go back to ignoring her. If she comes to you to sniff then let her do so BUT don't reach toward her, wait to see what she'll do. If she lays down by you or sits next to you then let her smell your hand and see what she does, if she doesn't run you can try petting her a time or two before going back to ignoring her for a couple minutes before petting her again. Once she warms up to you, and she will, then try to gently play with her but be careful not to overwhelm her.
What you are doing is teaching her that you respect how she's feeling, that you are not going to overwhelm her. You're teaching her that you are a very nice person, one who gives very tasty treats and one who will give very nice pets if that's what she wants. She's a puppy, she wants companionship, and she wants physical contact, with a little time, patience, and gentleness, she'll come around!
One other bit of advice, with all puppies it's important to not scold them (I'm NOT saying you do so just that puppies will test the patience of a saint) but since yours is so very timid it's extremely important, so if you do catch yourself ever getting overly frustrated with her just leave the room and give yourself a chance to calm down.