by Rob Swatski
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10/15 My sister’s new family member. She is 2 yrs. old, AKC registered. Tonight is Maggie’s first night in her new home. Her previous owners were moving and were heartbroken to give her up, but I know she is in a good home and will be cared for and loved for many, many years to come.
I think I may have spoke too soon about Maggie Mae. She is beautiful, yes, but I just got a call from my sister, who took the day off to help her get aclimated with the house, cats, etc. She was practically in tears!!
Seems that everything the previous owners said the dog does NOT do, she DOES do! up on the furniture, peed on the floor, chews on anything she can get her mouth on, chases the cats, hates the harness, barks incessantly while in the crate.. . . . (why a 2 year old is still being crated is beyond me!) They said ‘oh, she LOVES the crate’. "Loves wearing the harness". " Loves cats". NOT!!
I don’t think dear Maggie Mae will be staying with my sister much longer.. . . The reason they want an older dog is because they don’t have the time to spend on training from scratch as in a puppy. I don’t think the previous owner has done much with this dog. It’s really sad, she is so beautiful!
Mags is still with them. She has settled a very little bit but still cannot be trusted around the cats alone, but in the next week or so just may turn out to be the doggie we hope she can be. My BIL is working with her (and bonding, I might add . . .) they are sloooowly beginning to see a more aggreeable pooch. With excercise, work and perserverance! Gotta find that calm, submissive mind in there somewhere!! Oh, where is Cesar Milan when you need him?
Yesterday morning the dog went after the black and white kittie and the poor cat was shaking so bad that they both decided it was in the best interests of the cat, and peace in the house if they found another home for her (and before they bonded with her anymore than they already have)..
So, Maggie is now the proud owner of a home in the country with 4 doggie fenced acres to run safely on with her other doggie companion who she met last night and instantly became friends with. Her new mommy is a veterinarian with no children, just lots and lots of naminals. The woman’s husband fell in love with Mags on sight. I guess he’s even a strong enough man he was able to actually pick her up! A good strong man, that’s what she needs.
So, goodbye Mags! It was nice to meet you (as you ran past me, swatted me with your wagging tail and slobbered on my pant leg. . . )
It’s hard to resist that adorable face staring you from the kennel at a breeder’s house ” until that same cute pup makes his first mess on your carpet! Puppy house training is usually the first step in establishing a proper relationship with your new dog, but it can also be a source of frustration to many dog owners.
The great news is that a lot of true and tried techniques that will make your dog potty in the proper spot without the frustration and quickly too. Read on and find out tips for puppy house training which will make your life easier with your new pup in just the initial weeks of their lives with you.
Using a crate in puppy house training is one of the popular tools for a lot of good reasons. A dog will find it hard and will normally refuse to use the area where they sleep as their bathroom and keeping your dog in a crate for a short amount of time will train him to hold his urges until he is taken out of his confinement. Take your dog outdoors to do his business the moment you remove him from his crate. As soon as your he potties outdoors, give him the positive reinforcement as this will help motivate him to use the yard the next time he wants to do number one or two.
Using a crate for puppy house training will also provide a safe, comfortable place for your pet to sleep when you are not available to keep an eye on him. This is particularly useful for times when you will be asleep or away from home.
Puppies that are left to their own devices can often become destructive, so a crate offers an environment where your dog cannot get into trouble or become injured when you are not watching him. Make sure that the initial time spent in the crate is short, and gradually extend the time as your dog gets more comfortable with his surroundings. No dog should be left in a crate for longer than six to eight hours at a stretch.
Cleaning the Messes
When your puppy does have an accident in the house, it is best to ignore the mess rather than put your pup’s nose in it or scold him. Take your puppy outside to show him the proper place to potty and then clean up the mess while your dog is not around to watch you.
Most importantly, eliminate the smell completely while puppy house training. If you dont, tendency is the dog will go back to the scent and potty again at that same spot. You will be able to find good commercial cleaners in stores today which can efficiently clean up such messes.
Puppy house training is the initial stage in raising a dog that will be of happiness for your family. This type of training will require a lot of patience and time, but it will be worth it. With the help of the crate and your consistency, your dog will be potty trained in no time.