Rufus Who Shook Our World That Week

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 😉

About Carmen W.

I'm a helpmate, homemaker, mom, and writer, who was born and raised in Germany but is now living in Ireland. I love to study, read and write about the Christian faith, homemaking, home education, music, and dog training.
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4 Responses to Rufus Who Shook Our World That Week

  1. Lori says:

    Cute. I just love dogs. Some humans think they need to treat them as if they were human, but they need their natural (God-given) dog instinct to flourish.

    My Max is unsure of carrots. Every time I give him one, he sniffs and pushes it around a bit first, then he chews it very tentatively. I think the texture throws him off, but he eventually gets it down. 😉

    • Mirjam says:

      Thank you for your comment, Lori. Thanks for sharing this about Max. I always love to read more about him.

      Yes, I totally agree: they are special and they need to be dogs to flourish 😉

      From writer to writer: So happy you came by and took the time to comment. Your words just triggered a „train of thoughts“ — some idea I will have to jot down real quick now. Thank you, Lori! :-*

  2. EllenaTsk says:

    My akita wasn’t crate trained but..she loves her new living house 🙂 But my shiba, a pain. He hates all that isn’t called a “couch”. Rufus look great !

    • Mirjam says:

      Thanks for sharing this. It‘s amazing how dogs can be so different — I never knew until we got Missy to move in with us 😉

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