Thanks for chiming in! I'm thinking of ignoring her while she's in her crate for a couple of minutes, then put her leash on right when she gets out. Is that a bad solution? I'm very aware of the bladder size vs. time thing and trying to do heel work and get her accustomed to the leash before bring her out into the world...but I need to get the show on the road. She's 9.5 weeks!
Yes! Do this! I have read Jan Fennell's book. Like many dog books, her techniques are common sense based on basic dog psychology wrapped up in a 'new' name.
Because of your pup's age, I agree with the others to that you have to modify the ignoring approach a bit. When you first come in, ignore her if she is making a fuss in her crate, but you can't leave her fussing too long, so be ready to let her out the instant she gives you a second of calm. I like the idea of keeping the crate by the door.
Walk in calm, ignoring her. Have her leash at hand, walk up to the crate and click it open, but keep the door closed with your hand. Ignore puppy and wait her out. The INSTANT she stops for a sec, calmly, matter of factly, open the door, put the leash on her, take her out right away. Let her do her business, then lavish praise and attention on her.
Because she is so young, I would shorten the time spans the book recommends for ignoring, because puppies have such short attention spans. Seconds, intstead of minutes. Pups need more immediate rewards and positive feedback for their actions. Much of the techniques in the book are for fixing relationships gone wrong (i.e. the dog was calling the shots), and your pup doesn't need that yet. Just needs to be a pup and feel like the world revolves around his needs.