Thursday, October 6, 2011

Maddie’s I-Have-To-Potty Bells

by Meghann on October 6, 2011

Thanks for all the comments regarding the crate and Maddie!

I promise she’s not always a bad dog – and I love her to pieces – I just found it amusing how quickly she escapes from her crate. ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ve crate trained her since she was 14 weeks old with treats, leaving our scents in the crate (we don’t leave toys or blankets in the crate anymore because she’ll pee on them and push them to the back – she has a thing for soft surfaces, which is why we leave her in the crate in the first place), and we’ve tried placing the crate in a separate room. I promise I generally don’t patronize her with the crate and it’s usually an in-you-go-no-turning-back situation. Thanks to your advice, I am going to look into plastic crates and won’t be afraid of using the padlock in the future!

Any other time I’m at home with Maddie all she does is lays on the couch and sleeps. Every once in a while she’ll get up and fuss with a toy, but mainly she sleeps. When she does escape from the crate, I’m pretty sure all she does is sleep, BUT she also has mini accidents that make the crate necessary.

Admittedly potty training Maddie hasn’t been easy, but recently we discovered something that works with our little (lovable) terror – I-Have-To-Potty Bells.

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When I purchased them, the instructions were simple – place the bells on the door and make a point to ring them every time you take your dog outside. The theory was that Maddie would eventually catch on and realize that ringing bells equated to going outside.

I made the big purchase in June and immediately hung them on the door when they arrived. I made a point to ring them every time I took Maddie outside and waited for her to catch on.

And waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Until one day – she pushed her nose to them and I heard a ‘jingle, jingle’ from across the room.

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I took her outside and she immediately did her business.

It. Was. Awesome.

Of course, nothing is perfect and she still has an accident every once in a while – and a crate is still needed – but every time I hear her rings those bells I know something clicked with her.

Maddie now understands that the bells mean to go outside. She also knows they are what get my attention. She rings them when she’s bored, when her water bowl is empty, and when she’s hungry. Honestly, she can ring them as much as she wants, as along as she continues doing her business outside. ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, as a side note, I may tweet and blog about Maddie as my little trouble maker, but that’s just because I generally find it amusing enough to share. Any other time she sleeps, eats, and goes outside – nothing special. She’s a good dog with a big personality and does some crazy things.

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It’s like Marley & Me, only Maddie & Me. ๐Ÿ™‚

/end Maddie talk

I had the oddest craving this evening for rotisserie chicken. I can’t even remember the last time I purchased one, but for some reason it sounded like an excellent idea as I was heading home this evening.

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Greasy, messy, and absolutely delicious.

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Thanks to the chicken, dinner came together pretty quickly.

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I roasted some carrots and made a dressing of plain yogurt, spicy mustard, and oregano to coat the carrots with. It was my version of a carrot salad and it was actually pretty tasty.

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Steam in a bag snap peas for my greens. The snap peas were much better than the broccoli. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The rest of the sea salt chocolate found its way in my belly for dessert.

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I feel so off today.

A good sign that I need a vacation.

Two more days!!!

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