Does your puppy show any fears or concerns? Be careful with your tone, words and interaction during this period. Coddling a fearful puppy and saying that it is okay, is telling your puppy that being afraid is a good thing. You will encourage this unwanted behavior. Act neutral during this time or train your puppy by figuring out fun approaches like playing, to help your pup through his fear. If your pup is happy as a potentially fearful exposure is happening, he will be more likely to associate the potentially fearful experience from a positive perspective.