First Weekend With Pippin

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Copywriting | 7 comments

First Weekend With Pippin

I am officially back in the office after taking a few days off to bring home Pippin the puppy! I will admit: It was nice being unplugged for the weekend. I very rarely take time off, as you well know, and so the first twelve hours was really difficult for me. I needed the time to finish puppy proofing the apartment and getting last minute supplies. We met Pippin and his brother and had the ability to pick between the two of them. Pippin pounced, barked at his dad in defiance, and immediately stole our hearts. We had a bit of a rough first night because he was terrified of the crate. In hindsight, we probably should have expected that. We decided to take turns playing with him, taking him outside, and then snuggling him. My husband, Sean, has made amazing progress with him and he’s now starting to explore his crate as a safe space. He’s discovered rope toys, a stuffed bear named “Bear”, and a love of cuddles. Now if you have any tips for me on how to make the crate training go smoother, I’m all ears.


  1. 3-31-2017

    Congrats on the new addition to your home! Enjoy him….

  2. 3-27-2017

    I’ve found that covering the crate with a blanket helps them find it to be more like a den. My two German Shepherds love their crates! Consistency is key remember!

  3. 3-23-2017

    What a cutie – so adorable. I skipped crate training and let my puppy run free, sleep with me at night and he was perfectly fine. Instead of a crate, I bought him acute little fluffy stuffed animal looking dog house that he loved.

    You don’t need a crate. The most important thing is watching your puppy and rewarding him right away for whatever you want him to do and then stopping him from whatever you don’t want him to do.

    I literally, no joke, watched that dog like a hawk 24/7 for the first 2 weeks until he was potty trained and he never had an accident after that. But it should be noted, I didn’t watch TV, I didn’t try to cook, I didn’t do housework, I didn’t get on the computer or my phone, I didn’t talk to people and then forget to pay attention to the dog… The only thing I did was watch the dog around the clock for 2 solid weeks. And yes, I took 2 weeks off of work for that. 🙂 Just sayin…there are other ways than a crate.

    • 3-24-2017

      How interesting! What type of puppy do you have? He seems to be taking to it very well. The first night was rough so we abandoned it and let him sleep on the couch with one of us. The second night, my husband slept on the couch next to the crate with him inside. Now he is doing well in the crate with us in the next room with breaks every two hours for the potty.

      • 3-24-2017

        Miniature Pincher. I know what you mean – it’s just heartbreaking to hear the little puppy cries when they’re left all alone. I couldn’t bear it either so the puppy permanently sleeps in bed with me.

  4. 3-20-2017

    We have approached crate training with the open door policy. Put the crate in a central location like a living room but off in a corner or put some wood on top and make it an end table. Put a sheet of blanket over it, leaving the door uncovered and open. Throw a few treats and toys in there and remove other toys from easy reach so pippin needs to go in to get a toy. Make sure there is a cushion or blanket on the floor to make it extra cozy. Old bath mats work great and they smell like you which your pup will find comforting.
    Make sure pippin’ first crate experience is not being locked in. It should be promoted as a safe space first. When you do start to shut your pup in the crate do it for very short times and gradually increase the time in the crate. It’s sort of like teaching them to stay. Good luck! Feel free to email me any time. Tory

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