Puppies lick my hands and face, wag their tails. They are learning how to get up and take few steps but usually it is "one step forward two steps back" kind of movement.
My experience is that things get lively in the whelping box only when pups are three weeks old so I consider these puppies quite precocious.
Emma is an angel as you see in the picture. She cleans and feeds the puppies, and spends time with them even when she does not have to.