Remember the puppy on holiday? I tell you, he was some challenge 🙄 Here is the follow up:
A puppy doesn’t know much about the human world yet. It takes time until real communication can happen: We don’t speak dog language and dogs don’t speak human language. But we are the ones who should have dominion over the animals and who should teach them certain things.
We haven’t had a puppy in our home for a while… hm, for about three months, to be exact 🙂 But see the last one (called Alfie) was easier to handle because his owners and we thought very similar about dog training. Alfie is still a puppy and full of beans but his owners established some basic rules he has to follow. That made it all easier to have him over.
Rufus was not crate trained at first but I made it clear: I will not take him on holiday if he isn’t. It just makes it a lot easier having more than one dog at home. Crates are also a great tool while house training puppies. They help him to relax and wind down for his nap. What playpens are for babies, dog crates are for dogs: If you need to do something that might become dangerous for your little one (like steam from an iron) you place them in there to keep them safe. Talking about safety, puppies that have been crate trained often see their little dog house as a place of security. The dog himself eventually draws back to his hiding place — out of his own will.
Rufus’ owners and we think differently about rules for dogs — which lead to some tension in our “pack” (home) — but I think we all manage quite well. By the end of his stay, the little one learned quite a few new things — e.g. that carrots are a healthy and fun snack to have 😉