Restraint is anathema to me. Jail cells are no fun but even worse is being handcuffed behind the back.

So the idea of confining a new puppy behind bars gave me such nightmares that I ended up buying three dog crates of different sizes.

car crate

The mid-sized carrier in the car for the five-hour ride home Tzuri readily adapted to. She was drowsy from breakfast and stretched out quietly on a towel redolent with the memory of her mother.

The Queen-sized ‘luxury’ crate at home I placed in a central location with good visibility. The basic idea is a pup will not soil the small confines of her close personal space. Put food and water bowls inside, and presto! – Tzuri had a den, a safe haven.

dog crate

🙂 [posturepedic bedding w/ satin sheets not shown] 🙂

I leave the door ajar 90% of the time and Tzuri goes in and out at will. Not a single poop in the crate or the house so far! Of course, I have adjusted my biorhythms to hers and watch her constantly; I try to give her zero opportunity for ‘accidents’.

[Yes, there have been a few piddles on carpets, which are more difficult to predict because she doesn’t circle and sniff before squatting.]

At 9 ½ weeks, Tzuri is still in the 4-5 naps per day stage. She sleeps soundly enough for me to leave and run errands when I need to.

dog crate

At night? I have a cute little baby crate for her right next to my bed. The first night she whined to go out four times. In less than a week that rate dropped down to one-to-none per seven hour stint.

🙂 [Hardly a bother, truth be told, because I myself get up twice that often.] 🙂

Moral of the story? The knee-jerk anthropomorphizing of my confinement fears hindered understanding of the centuries-in-the-making genetic disposition of Canis lupus. Pups actually prefer small snug enclosures where they can curl up and feel safe. And the bonus perk to voluntary incarceration is almost instant house-training!

In the less than two weeks of our togetherness Tzuri has become a healthy, happy, confident & beloved companion.

Tzuri

Which is not to say we haven’t had some ‘problems’.  I have a dozen or so boo-boos from this headstrong lil’ rascal to prove it!

🙂 🙂 🙂

[To Be Continued…]

12 thoughts on “Poops & Piddles

  1. What a wonderful story, breaking each other in. The satin sheets shows who owns who methinks.
    John, as a friend, as someone concerned for your welfare, I must point out that you’re lost to baby talk. It’s okay, it’s what happens to every new parent. (And leads them desperately to the company of adults every now and then so they can once more form whole sentences). Meanwhile, it is really cute of your both. Don’t abandon the buffalo wings and vodka which will heal your boo-boos.

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    • I know, every parent has the cutest, brightest kid in town. I’ve never been a people person, always a dog person, and chronicling her life has taken over my mindset for the time being. When she’s old enough I can get back to wolves & bears! Thanks…

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    • I take pictures and jot down notes daily. But I have to be careful not to make too big a deal out of this. After all, everyone in the world has raised real kids, all I can fawn over is a g.d. dog! But just between you and me, I’ll take a dog over a kid any day 🙂

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  2. Tzuri is adorable! I had the same reaction to a crate and ended up using a tether with our girl (read it in a book from the library – same principle with the pooping, keep it short enough and a dog won’t poop/piddle in that small space. The idea was the dog would bond to the house/surroundings it would live in. Not sure how that fits in with the den concept.) The tether next to the bed, we got rid of in a couple weeks and the one in the kitchen took longer – about 8 months if I remember right. She never even cried her first night. I would dangle my hand over the side of the bed and touch her. My girl still sleeps on the floor next to me and she is 13 now.

    Have fun with little Tzuri. I’m sure your wolf knowledge will come in handy.

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    • I hadn’t thought of that, a tether! I’ll remember that for the future. In the bedroom I keep the small crate close enough for me to reach over and touch her. The only problem I see is that Tzuri is going to outgrow the small bedroom crate before I can trust her on her own. Maybe then a tether…

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