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We just got our puppy (11 weeks old) a day ago and he sits up against the wall the whole time with his head up against the wall as we pet him. He's a siberian husky & lab mix (white with blue eyes). He growls and squirms when we try to pick him up but after some time and finally in our arms he settles down and digs his claws on our clothes. This is our very first puppy and don't know a whole lot but we are trying to understand his behavior and figure out where to start!:ponder:

We set his food and water out and wouldnt eat or drink. We ended up sleeping in the living room where he stayed and watched him as we pretended to be asleep. He began to walk around, eat some of his food and water and ofcourse peed by our table. What to do!?
 

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Simple: he doesn't like being picked up or petted right now. Puppies aren't cuddly, they're bitey. Not to mention, he doesn't know you. Give him some time to adjust before petting or holding him, let HIM come to YOU.

Most puppies don't eat for the first few days. Going to a new house is very stressful. Again, just give him awhile to get used to everything.
 

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So for the time being, just somewhat ignore him, give him food and water? He's not in a kettle but we sectioned a part of the house for him to stay.

Surely ignoring might not be the best thing but what other things in particular should we do other than dangling toys at him?
 

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So for the time being, just somewhat ignore him, give him food and water? He's not in a kettle but we sectioned a part of the house for him to stay.

Surely ignoring might not be the best thing but what other things in particular should we do other than dangling toys at him?
 

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Yes, just ignore him. Trust me, engaging him isn't going to speed up the settling process. Feel free to toss him treats and toys every now and then, but allowing him to get used to his surroundings and engage you first is the best way to adjust him to the new home smoothly.
 

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Hi and Welcome.
Ditto what PR said.

Your puppy is not comfortable with you right now and forcing yourself on him isn't going to help. Essentially, you are trapping him against a wall and he's squirming because he doesn't like it. The reason he quits when you pick him up is because he is literally giving up--he can't escape. If you keep this up, you could very well create a puppy who is afraid of people and has to use more obvious communications that he is uncomfortable, and I'm sure you don't want that.

Check out this thread: http://www.dogforum.com/dog-behavior/calming-signals-10084/ When you notice him throwing off stressed language, back off and reassess how you could change your approach so he would be more comfortable.

While he settles in, ignoring him is fine! When he seems a little more comfortable you can start tossing treats from afar and/or walking by and dropping treats (without acknowledging, facing, or talking to him). Basically, you are going to become a "treat machine" in times you notice his is uncomfortable. **Treats make bad/scary things become less bad/scary!**

And here's some info on growling http://www.dogforum.com/dog-behavior/growling-86338/ .

You're going to need to go about house training more appropriately, otherwise you're going to be kicking yourself in the butt. ;) Here's our sticky--follow it to a tee: http://www.dogforum.com/housebreaking-puppies/house-training-how-tos-2135/ . Letting the puppy go to the bathroom in part of the house is counter-productive and confusing. He's got too much space. If you want to go that route, you'd better at least get potty pads so that he has a specific place to go. Many people crate train to help with house training, so here's a how to: http://www.dogforum.com/dog-training/crate-training-faq-3974/ .

You're probably going to find this thread super helpful! http://www.dogforum.com/dog-training/helpful-training-videos-articles-11426/
http://www.dogforum.com/dog-training/thoughts-training-food-1219/
Also, check out the youtube channels kikopup and tab289 for great video tutorials on effective, humane ways to train your pup.

Lastly, The Puppy Primer book is awesome for puppy owners! It is easy/short to read and has important exercises/skills to teach your puppy laid out very well. I also like to recommend How to Behavior So Your Dog Behaves as a great general training book for dog owners.
 

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I would just recommend sitting on the floor and making yourself accessible. I would sit on the other side of the room. Ignore the puppy and give him time, he will come to you. Some dogs also just don't like being picked up. My puppy is fine with it and continues to be at 7 months old and 60 pounds, but my two older dogs never really liked it much.

BTW - Where are your pictures? My puppy is a husky mix as well - all white with blue eyes too! Not sure if he is pure or mixed with shepherd or something else yet. Thinking he may be shepherd husky mix.
 
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