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Monday, October 24, 2011

Big Yards Are Scary!

This weekend my parents took me to see our new house. I really like the deck, but the yard is ...well, a little scary. 


You are not going to leave me out here, are you?


Hey where did everyone go?


Help! I think I am lost! Somebody rescue me! 


I think I will just stay here. OK?

I guess you can take the dog out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the dog. Any tips for helping Pip feel more comfortable in his new yard?
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  1. Oh Mr Pip your new yard looks nice and big!!

    Maybe your mom and dad can leave you some of your toys out back in the far corners and that will make you want to go out and explore :)

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  2. Wow! You are at your new house... and and its a mighty big yard for a lil ole Pip..

    for starters.. when everything is settled.. you could get another doggie to keep him company in the yard :)

    i am so happy for all of you. Good luck with packing your gazillion books :) show us more pictures soon ya!..

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  3. Oh, Pip seriously that big ol yard scares you. It looks so nice and I am sure there is a squirrel or two lurking in them bushes. Maybe if Mom and Dad schedule a big playdate for you, we can all come over and help you get adapted to your new yard. It looks pretty nice and Winston says he sees a few trees he could water for. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

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  4. Fill that HOOOOOOOGE WONDERFUL yard with... TOYS and SNACKS!!! Oh Yes... and a certain Cute little Girrrrl.. and it will not be scary at all.
    It is going to be so much fun to play and insniffigate and stuffs in all that space!!

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  5. Oh Pip, you will soon get used to the yard. Maybe Mom and Dad could walk around with you in the yard and show you it isn't that scary. I bet you will learn to run around out there. You do look very tiny out there. Too cute. Take care.

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  6. Hey Pip!
    Wow, what a wonderful big yard! Trust me that you will LOVE IT! I think your peeps could come out and sit in your big yard for awhile so you can wander around with them right there with you. It looks so great!!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

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  7. Woof! Woof! HOW great to have a big yard ... you'll get use to it. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  8. Lovely, big yard, Pip! But, I could see how you would feel lost in it. Know what you need? A small, cute doghouse in the yard - a perfect size for perfect you!
    Stewey

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  9. Pip...you are gonna love this. You will have all kinds of hiding places out dere dat da peeps will NEVER find ya....when you runs off wit dere underwear!

    Just sayin!

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  10. I know that when we has fostered little, errr, I mean vertically challenged dogs in the past, they looked so lost in our yard but it taked them no time at all to start eggsploring and become one with the wild outdoors wot be my back yard. You will do it Pip, it's an eggsiting new adventure fur you!

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  11. That looks like a great yard, Pip! We are sure you'll get used to it and will be running around in no time.

    Nicole and Macho

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  12. Oh Pip, that is just marvelous. We will come right over and show you all the great things you can do in a big yard like that. We agree with your commenters. Put a few fun toys out there, and some treats. Put the treats close to the deck at first and then slowly move them farther out. You could also get some small fencing like we used in our landscape beds and fence off a small area just for Pip for starters.

    We are so excited for you all to move to your new home.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  13. Wow, what a great yard! We think Pip will come to enjoy it in time.

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  14. Oh Pip!! It's gorgeous! We have nothing to add to the above. When Ruby first came to live with us, she was afraid to go into the backyard. It took a few weeks, but she slowly made her way back there at her own pace. You'll be fine!!

    -Bart

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  15. we are sure that this huge yard has lots of tree rats that need a good talkin to so we fink you should start by establishing your dominance in your new yard lest those evil rats thingk they can stay in control

    pibble sugars
    the pittie pack

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  16. THAT is an awesome yard, my friend. Don't worry -- before long you will feel right at home!

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  17. Yikes Pip we wouldn't go out to pasture either! Only if momma followed us
    Benny & Lily

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  18. That is a fantastic yard! How about a pawty for all of Pip's furrends? We'll get him all comfy and happy in the new yard in no time!

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  19. OMDogness my sweet Friend :o)
    Now, that is a Pawsome yard you have there! No worries, you will "grow" into it in no time. I'm sure seeing your little Sis having fun out there it will make you comfortable before you know it. Fenced in backyards are the Best! Just have your Pawrents be out with you at night because of the Coyote problems we are having in the suburbs... and they can leap fences!

    Later,
    Neeko ♥

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  20. OoH PiP,

    Such a big back yard can be a little skeery at first but you will get used to it. You has been gettin' great advice so far. Just take your time my furiend. :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

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  21. Look how big your yard is Pip!!!
    Sherman and Leroy will come over and help you explore it!!

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  22. Mr. Pip bless your little sweet heart, you are not accustomed to wide open spaces...but Mom predicts that once you all are settled and all his pack members are there he'll gradually venture out in the yard..especially if his girl is out there. I would say just let him get used to it at his own pace..baby steps.
    Hugs and what a glorious big, fenced in backyard...
    Madi and Mom

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  23. Wow Pip look at all that space, ok its a little overwhelming but in a couple of weeks you will be loving it. Just wish I'd got a back yard like that.
    have a good week
    See Yea George xxx

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  24. That's an awesome yard, Pip! Bet you don't know what to do with all that yard yet, but you will, Buddy. How about taking some of your favorite toys out there to play in different parts of the yard. We read that it might help a pup feel more comfortable at a new place if he's walked around on his leash at first, just like before, to let him sniff around and get a lay of the land. Don't know if any of that will help, but hope so. Oh, yeah, how about a nice bone to take out in the yard and chew on! Maybe one of your peeps could take lounge chair out there too and read while you chow down on your bone.

    Cheers!

    The Road Dogs

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  25. Lots of running & playing will give him good connections with the yard. That's our 2 cents :)

    I'm sure he will learn to love it.

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

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  26. Maybe you need a sibling to share the yard with ;)

    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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  27. hi pip! i know how you feel. you just need some more time in the new big yard, that's all. you'll be running around before you know it!

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  28. Wow Pip your new yeard looks amazing, Im sure youll like it very soon

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  29. When your sister gets out there with you, it will be much better! What a nice big yard!

    Elyse and Riley

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  30. Wow Pip! Your very own back yard and it is big enough for exploring!! Yipee!! We know you will love it in time.Maybe your Mama could hide some treats not to far from the back balcony and then over days hide the treats further and further away to the farthest corners of the yard for you to find. Also we bet Pip will feel more comfortable if you play with him in the yard etc.He'll adjust in time! :)

    the critters in The Cottage xo

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  31. Hi Pip, you will soon get used to your new lovely yard. Get mum to throw a handful of dry biscuits around and you can have a treasure hunt. I bet soon you will want a bigger yard! No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  32. Pip, your yard may look scary now but I'll bet in no time at all you are going to be so happy to romp and romp in it! Maybe your Mom and Dad can play some fun games like Fetch and tug-of-war with you out there.

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  33. Hi Pippy
    I love your new yard!
    And I just know that if your sissy and mommy walk around in the yard- lots--- you will get used to it.
    I think toys and a picnic,,, yes,,that will help. Everyone likes a picnic,,,
    and maybe a bunny rabbit will hop through the yard,, to make interesting smells.
    love
    tweedles
    ps you are so cute in your green harness
    love
    tweedles

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  34. You have a beautiful new yard, dear Pip. It will take time to get used to. Maybe your peeps can sit at the bottom of the stairs and let you explore close by and then after a time maybe put on your leash and explore the way back that way (it feels safer if you are attached or have a loved one present). Of course treats, are always great motivators for luring one past the natural desire to draw a limit...just some thoughts.

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  35. Mr. Pip those expressions are just way too filled with cuteness. Pullin out all the stops to get some ladies over to your new humungous yard eh? Careful what you ask for pal ;)

    Maybe your pawrents will bring out the outdoor lawn furniture and decor and spend some time playing and relaxing with you until your harem arrives. Gotta break in the palace properly ya know ;)

    Waggin at ya,
    Roo

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  36. Hi there Pip! Wow! What a fabulous yard!!! We know it's a little overwhelming at first...but you will get used to it....we are sure of it!! How about throwing a partay and all of us will come and help you break in the yard???? We could bring snacks and toys and pressies!!! And bone bones!! Maybe we could even have a VIRTUAL yard warming party????? xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

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  37. That is one one big yard for one little pip-squeak :) :) Toys and play are the best thing for getting use to the yard - and just spending time out there letting him sniff around and leave some pee-mail of his own.

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  38. Oh Pip. I am SO happy that you have a yard and grass. You'll get used to all that space. Maybe if your humans play with you out in the far reaches of the yard, you'll get used to it, and even learn to like it. Maybe they can go around to the outside of the fence and give you treats through it. Then you'd like the entire yard!

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  39. WOW Pip that is one BIG yard. How about a nice pop up tent with a treat bowl right there and a few toys and you got it made. I have a feeling that with MAdelyn, you will be taggin along and get used to that yard real quick. Plus......think of all the great sniffs you can find!! I would be out there fur hours sniffin!!
    ENJOY!!

    wags
    Jazzi and Addy

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  40. Wow... that new yard looks really nice!

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  41. oh sweetie, throw a ball or two and a treat or five... and that will settle you in Mr Pip! Love Darcy and Bingley xx

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  42. hi pip!
    we are so excited for you and your whole family!
    congratulations on your new home!!!!

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  43. Congrats! Though this must be a huge change. We had taken our pooches to visit my sister in St Louis, and when they got in the yard, they had no idea what to do and just walked around uncomfortably.

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  44. Congrats! Though this must be a huge change. We had taken our pooches to visit my sister in St Louis, and when they got in the yard, they had no idea what to do and just walked around uncomfortably.

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  45. Give it a few more days and I bet you find all sort of things to run after in the big yard.

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  46. Oh pip, what a wonderful yard.. you are one lucky pup! But, I can understand why you would be afraid... Maybe your mommy should walk you around the yard a bunch of times on your leash so you don't get scared. Also, your parents shouldn't clean up too quickly after you either, so your smell sticks around a little...

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  47. Ohhh Pip, dat looks like a most pawesome yard, lots ovs room fur a new wagon, lots ovs room sun bathin in da summer, lots ovs room fur yor sista to runs about n play and best ovs all lots ovs room fur massive picnics on da lawn n barbecues wivs cheesyburgers.
    YAY Pawty at Pip's new housey what do yoo fink ?

    Luvs
    Uji, Izzy & Ronnii
    x x x x x x x x x x

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  48. It will take a little time but I bet you end up loving your big yard in time. :)

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