Puppy Story: Where’s Maggie?

by Melissa R. on September 20, 2009

Maggie looking cute

Maggie looking cute

My mom told me a funny story today about their new puppy. Keep in mind my parents haven’t had a puppy around for 16 years, so they are re-learning how to train a puppy. Also, they are new to the idea of “Crate Training”, and struggle with the idea of it, because all the dogs in their past had been raised without a crate.

Maggie, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, is 9 weeks old. My mom needed to go outside and mow the lawn, but didn’t want to put Maggie in her crate, because she had been in it a bit already that day and my mom thought she would be tired of it. So instead, she decided to block off several doorways, and give Maggie access the entire kitchen, and hallway to the front door. She felt she might be happier with this situation rather than being confined to her crate again. Oh boy, I could just picture what would happen!

Sure enough, my mom came in a half hour later to a “SQUISH” as she entered the house: a lovely pile of puppy poo! Two feet over was a puddle of pee. Of course then my mom knew this hadn’t been such a wise decision, especially when she realized said puppy was nowhere to be found in her confined area!

After looking around the house for a bit, Maggie was found sleeping peacefully in one her favorite spots – under the desk. This was nowhere near her area of confinement. We suppose she climbed over or squeezed through a crack. I think my mom learned her lesson here – even if she thinks Maggie doesn’t like it, the wiser decision is to stick with the crate! No pee….no poo…and no wandering puppy!


About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the DrsFosterSmith.com and LiveAquaria.com websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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Melissa R. September 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Just to update on this: My parents recently took a vacation driving out west, and of course, took puppy Maggie with! My mom comments every single time I talk to her that she just can’t believe how well Maggie is doing in her crate! Not only does it help in the motels, but in the car she is in her crate as well. She plays happily, then naps, spends a little time looking out the window, etc. She’s a perfectly behaved puppy in her crate and my mom just can’t get over it. I think she’s *finally* accepted that crate training is the way to go!

Lisa October 3, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Melissa,
This is great advice! I traveled across 5 states when moving & have taken “many” roads trips with my two kitties in tow. They are always in crates & they do fantastic! My boy, Tigger, is so smart that when he wants to use the restroom he meows at me to let me know. I open his crate door, he takes care of business, & then returns to his crate. Crating an animal is so much safer for them.
Lisa

Melissa October 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I’ll have to write a blog post about my most recent experience traveling with a kitten! I never really thought about it before, but I suppose you can crate train a kitten just as well as a dog. Thanks Lisa.

donna November 30, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I just got a new puppy,Bea Tzu and his name is Tucker. He has been nothing but a normal puppy until last night.Playing, running, nibbling until he went to bed. I thought he peed on the bed but it was drool. when I picked him up, he was like a ragdoll. He cried and yelped like he was in pain. I took him to the vet today, and though he showed improvement, he still cried like he was in pain. Needless to say, they found nothing wrong,but kept him for observation. The vet called later to say it must be nuralogical, and possibly distemper. I find it hard to understand that there was no signs of any type of ailment, especially within an hour of going to bed.. Please, if anyone outthere has any knowledge or insight,Please!!!!! respond.
He”s only 7 wks. old.

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