Sunday, 30 January 2011

Traning day and a walk on the bridle way

This week has been house-training week for Milly and Maud.
The moving from house->  to dog's home -> to new house,  has either unsettled them completely, or no-one had really taken the trouble to go through the effort of house training them in the first place, but the amount of floors we have cleaned and throws we had to wash was becoming  really silly.
As you can read here, on " house-breaking the older dog , to adopt an older dog from a  shelter, ( Maud and Millie are already a year old  and not puppies)- a new doggie companion will probably find the new experiences of moving to a new owner and new house, very stressful. The new home is unfamiliar - they initially do not know where they are or even where the doors are that lead outside. They may or may not have been housetrained previously.

The kind neighbour who popped in to see them when I was away, gave me an invaluable tool and very useful advice.She had a huge crate from the time her dogs were puppies and she lent it to me, and adviced crate-training as the solution.
I can never thank her enough.
I took the subject of house-training up with my vet.
My vet- a horsey woman with a heart of gold who sent me a condolence card when my cat died,  and usually kindness itself , gave me short shrift : " Looks like you inherited someone else' s problem. Either you keep them in a kennel outside the house or you cage-train them. That is your only chance."
I looked up " cage-training" and followed the advice and the schedule for this training by a chap called Eamon Patrick Riley  who is a certified Master Trainer  and associated with the Dog Man Training Company, and who is also member of the Association of Canine Behavior Counselor .I followed his schedule to the letter.
His website you can find here , it's a dog's website full of  sensible advice.
It is absolutely true that dogs see this cage , if you handle it properly, and make it into a place of safety with soft toys,and treats and without forcing them into it , as a safe place.
Both Millie and Maud retreat there to eat their chewies and treats.
The cats are very envious of the cage and especially Thomasina tries to go into it or climb on it so during the time Millie and Maud are supposed to be in the cage, I keep the cats away.

Here are Millie and Maud on one of their "toilet-breaks"." If the puppy attempts to engage you in play, stand still with your arms folded across your chest" so says Eamon Patrick Riley .The objective really is to re-inforce that outside is for going to the loo, and inside certainly is not. Playing can only be done when the pup has comleted the " task in hand " as Mr Riley so delicately puts it.
So far, so good.The " accidents" have dwindled to a minimum.
Next week is the period where we are going to try to train with more time outside the cage.
The weather remains cold and frosty which is a Godsend in certain respects, as some walks would have been very muddy, but have now become very firm and frosted over.
The bridle way near is is a lovely long stretch of a walk which my old dogs, Harris and Sophie used to adore.
It has a huge field where Harris and Sophie used to race around excitedly in huge circles.It was planted with oyung cabbage it seemed so we had a look but thought of the farmer and gave it a miss... and just kept on the path.

Training day allows Maud and Millie to have a few hours " of" from 5.00 pm. till 8.00 pm.
So that is spent contendly on the sofa- play-fighting and snoozing...
So overall it was a good week...


  1. So cute, having adopted older dogs ourselves, my thoughts are with you! Pictures are great!

  2. You have wonderful hearts and I am so happy you are giving theses two beautiful "puppies" a home. I just happened to link over from another blog because I saw the happy doggy face...who could resist?
    Have a great week and hugs to Millie and Maud,

  3. I crate trained all my dogs and I'm so glad I did. Accidents have very rarely happened and usually only because mommy wasn't paying proper attention. I'll wager you'll have those two adorable furbabies behaving properly in no time a'tall! Vanna

  4. Dearest Bea,

    When I got my dachshund in Limburg, she was one year old but very well trained. She loved me and went with us to the US where she lived exactly two more years. She had cancer and we had to put her asleep... Sad moment for a baby of 12½ years. But she had a good life. What you say about how stressful it is to go to a new place and re-learning everything, is SO true. Even our cats are so used to us over the years (almost 4 for the 5 kittens and 6½ for Barty whom we got as a baby from the humane society. They know us from A to Z and figure out exactly what we will do, eat, prepare or whatever. I told Pieter this week, imagine all those elderly who have to go to a nursing home and cannot take their beloved pet with them... That is heart breaking for both! People who have and love pets do live longer!!!
    You look like a happy family and those pets do show their gratitude, their happiness by being playful or by sleeping legs up. That is the utmost sign of trust and feeling secure and sheltered.
    Were these two related or have they been together before? Would be great as we've learned one thing over the years; never again one single pet. They feel lonely too and we cannot fulfill their needs for playing!
    If you want to, here you can read the story about our 4 felines girls
    And here about our 3 feline boys

    Have a great weekend ahead and love them!

    Lots of love,


  5. Hi Mariette, yes these two are sisters and the dogs home quite rightly would only let them go together.I think it makes sense to have two pets so they can keep each other company.The only time we had one single dog was when one of our dogs, Sophie, died, and Harris, the remaining pup, was already much older.We thought it would be too much for him to introduce a much younger companion and he was pretty happy all around ( plus he had company of Gibson, out only cat at the time ).


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