First Weekend With Pippin

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Copywriting | 1 comment

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.

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  1. 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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