Is this normal??
We are on day 4 with Ruger. He is a great boy, but I wanted to run a few things by you just to see if this sounds normal.
1. He has only had one accident. I watch him like a hawk and if he sniffs the floor for longer than a few seconds, I scoop him up and we go out. I have bells on my door and I take his paw, ring the beels and say "Let's go potty!" He goes out and typically goes each time. I would say he is peeing about 10 to 12 times each day and pooing about 4 times. The accident was on my sons watch and had his back turned. He peed on the living room floor without even trying to get to the front door. Should he be indicating that he has to go out by trying to go to the door or looking for the bells at this point? Is it normal that he seemed oblivious to the fact he was potting in the wrong spot?
2. We introduced the crate on day 1. We have an adult Golden Retriever and they lay in together. He is very content with her and enjoys the crate much more having her with him. When he is in alone, he will cry more, but will settle. Just takes longer. Is it bad that we include our adult dog to be his buddy while we are away from him?
3. Speaking of the crate, he has not had one accident and other than the first morning having to gout at 5 am, he is in a full night and has not had one accident. He whimpers to tell us he has to go potty and then we take him out. Is it normal for him to indicate in the crate that he has to go out but not when he is in the house? Is it normal to,be able to be in the crate 8 hours and not have an accident? He pees a river and struggles in my arms as I carry him out the door to the yard, but he isn't telling us otherwise to go earlier. No accidents, no problem?
I have not started training on other commands other than he has to sit to be given his food bowl. He got it after the second feeding. Now he sits instinctively without me saying anything. He seems super smart. He only seems to be vocal when something is wrong. Cries to chew, cries to eat and cries in the crate to go potty. Sound right?