The proper way to interact with a new puppy, please take careful notes. This isn't your average lecture class.
1. Observe the puppy
Look at the small-medium build it has. Look at their fur. If they're laying down, look at the paws. Don't approach yet. We don't want to startle the pup.
2. Slowly approach
I know this is the big step, but if I can do it so can you. When approaching a small child, what do most people say to you? Get down on their level, right? Right. Don't frighten the puppy, greet them with open arms... but don't actually touch them yet. Remember that they are still in their habitat.
3. Put your hand near the pup
This is VITAL. Step three is the making or breaking point of human-puppy relationships going well. This gives the puppy an opportunity to sniff you out, check to see if you're safe.
4. Sit next to the puppy
This is a new environment for them. Let them know that you, a much larger species, are their friend. What happens next can be magical!
5. Let the puppy roam
Freedom is liberating. Pups love pillows and grass (not a good combo though - grass stains are hard to get out). Let them explore their new life.
6. Train the puppy
This teaches obedience. Let's be honest, a puppy will make the heart of even the most terrible people melt. But, power is deadly when it is placed in the wrong hands...er, paws. Make sure you both are equals. When you sit to eat dinner, they should too.
7. Form a truce
Sort of like, "you scratch my back, I scratch yours," phenomenon. Except it's more like, "I feed you so don't mess with the toilet paper."
8. Show the world
Take pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. We all know cat videos and they will forever have a special place in my heart. But puppies need some social media love also. If you've got it, flaunt it.
9. You did it!
Love your puppy forever. Because in a matter of years they will become a dog. And then love your dog. Hold them tight and make sure they know that they matter. Sometimes I feel as if we don't deserve dogs and cats, cause they're too pure for us. So shout it from the "ruff"tops! LOVE. YOUR. PUPPY!