It's time again for the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop, hosted by Cascadian Nomads, Tenacious Little Terrier and Rubicon Days! This month's is play during training, but as always, any positive post is welcomed.
Today I'm sharing how one trick taught in jest has become one of the most useful thing I've ever taught Nola. I never thought I'd use it with any seriousness, but it quickly proved its value ten times over.
What, you may wonder? Purse/carrier training Nola. I'm sure there's a few eye rollers in the crowd, thinking I'm "that" small dog owner. Trust me, I used to think like that, too!
When I got Nola, I got a kick out of teaching her to climb into and settle in a bag, and be completely comfortable and relaxed with being moved and carried. I'd strut around the house with baby Nola snuggled in my purse, not admitting to myself how much I enjoyed having my tiny tornado so close (not to mention contained...Puppy Nola was something, let me tell you!). I initially refused to be "that person", but as time went on, I started to see the serious benefit of this fluffy trick.
With Nola in a bag, she was allowed so many more places than if she'd been a large puppy, or on leash on the ground. As a puppy she went into TJ Maxx, Ross, the library, the bookstore, a few thrift shops, and other non-food places. She even went to a few doctor appointments with me. People are much more receptive to a quite, adorable if you're a regular customer and ask nicely. After initial approval, hardly anyone even noticed she was there.
In addition to that, with Nola being off the ground and away from other dogs, we didn't have to wait around on completing her shots and missing that vital window for socializing. From 8 weeks on she went nearly everywhere with me. Having her right at my hip also allowed me to give her positive association with everything from strangely dressed people to machinery to crowds. I firmly believe that those two things helped shape her into the go anywhere, do anything dog she is now.
After her recent tooth removal, Nola was incredibly clingy and anxious whenever I left her side. In order to still be able to do things and not have her stressed, I broke out the bag again. Problem solved!
We are taking full advantage of Nola being purse trained for this "walk"! She's feeling great. #loveher #babywearing #justwithadog #puppywearing #dogs #dogsofinstagram #dogsofig #dachshunds #dachshundnola #dachshundsofinstagram #doginabag #doxie #nola #dogblogger #dogmom #mydogismy #bestfriend #bestdogever #explorewithyourdog #adventurealways #lifewithdogs #lifewithnola
For our upcoming European voyage, the bag training will come in more useful than ever. As I've learned from a few of my favorite small dog travel blogs, Europe is generally very dog friendly, especially when it comes to small dogs. Pop them in a sling bag, and you can go nearly everywhere with them, including most public transport, for free. Not to mention, having your little girl or guy up off the ground prevents them from being trampled in a crowd.
So despite my initial distaste of purse training a dog, I am now a full fledge advocate for (responsibly) carrying small dogs. I think it's an extremely important skill, and one I am so glad Nola knows!
What about you? Does your dog know any tricks you once thought were frivolous, but turned out to be a lifesaver?
- Dachshund Mommy