Hear me out. How great would it be to be a stay at home dog parent?! I mean who wouldn’t love that? While I know it might not be for everyone. Personally, I absolutely love being home with my dogs Finley and Jubilee.
Don’t get me wrong it is challenging to get much accomplished whilst attempting to keep the chewing of furniture, the carpet and sometimes me at bay. However, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Since bringing Jubilee home there has been a great deal of time spent in developing routines for her. We have invested time in crate training, house breaking as well as play time and basic obedience.
We all get up at 5 am every day, Finley included, to eat breakfast. Then we have an easy walk with a training session. Once all food is digested we take a trip to the dog park to burn off some extra energy and then it’s nap time!
Crate training was not easy at first. In fact we questioned if we had really taken home a dog or a velociraptor that first time we attempted putting Jubilee in the crate. However, with patience and perseverance we stuck out her crying sessions, fed her in the crate and played in the crate.
Now we have a perfectly adapted puppy who will go right into her crate for nap times and bedtime. She will only fuss on occasion when she needs to go outside and then it’s right back into the crate for the night!
For those of you debating on crate training your puppy. I HIGHLY recommend it. Be patient and stick out the crying for the first week or so. Teach them that the crate is a safe place. If you don’t feel comfortable about doing it yourself then talk to an expert.
Crate training not only keeps your puppy safe when you are not able to supervise them, but it also helps with house training as well. Just remember the crate should be a positive place, not a place for punishment.
Within the first few weeks home Jubilee has already been traveling. The goal is to get her as much exposure as possible with new places and people. This is something that is critically important at a young age so that you develop a well adapted pup.
Initially during road trips Jubilee would just sit on one of our laps. This was short lived though as she go bigger and wanted to move around more. Now she rides in back with Finn and loves it.
While we let Jubilee have her moments of just being a puppy and having fun; we also spend about 5-10min a couple times a day working on obedience. It doesn’t take long sessions; in fact it’s best to keep it short and sweet.
Jubilee already has sit down pat and we are working on stay, wait, walking with us on the leash and place. She has moments of laser focus and you can tell she already has a lot of enthusiasm for working.
I am really excited to watch her grow and see what she will be capable of. I can already say the raising a Malinois is much different then any other puppy I have raised. It is not for the faint of heart. But, I love every bit of her; even her sassy talk back attitude, corrective bites and nipping. Honestly, I wouldn’t trade her for the world.
Have a good week!