Maggie Masters the Dog Door
We’ve written a couple of posts about our Maggie, our fearful girl and how she has really started to come out of her shell, let down her guard and be a dog. A recent post called Maggie Magellan described how she’s getting braver about exploring new things and going off on her own without me or her big brother Jack to keep her safe.
We measure her progress in different ways:
- How often she gets spooked by something.
- How quickly she recovers from being spooked.
- How often she tries something brand new.
Maggie’s latest adventure involved some yard work. We had a massive clean-up done on our yard a few weeks ago and ordered one of those big waste bins for all the yard waste. The night before they started, we went out for our nightly walk around the yard after dinner – Jack usually walks up to the end of the driveway with me and Maggie usually flops on the grass outside the door. Jack and I do our thing and come back to a missing Maggie – she’s no where to be found. I call her, nothing. I look in the avocado grove just in case, nothing…then I check the bin and there she is, INSIDE the bin checking out all the leftover smells and crap stuck to the walls and floor. She hopped up and went in there all by herself. I was pretty amazed.
Her biggest accomplishment lately has been her accepting, no embracing of the dog door. She has lived with us for over two years now and we were never able to get her to use it until about 2 months ago. Then, out-of-the-blue, she discovered it would let her into the backyard without waiting for me to open the screen door on the deck. Heaven – since she loves her backyard.
She has totally mastered the getting OUT aspect of the door, but she hasn’t fully grokked the getting BACK IN aspect. Sometimes she does and sometimes I look out on the deck and I see this looking back.
I don’t mind – she’s learning and she’s doing it on her own. We’re so proud of all the accomplishments she has made. I guess I should make this a SlimDoggy Mythbuster post – You can teach an old dog new tricks.