Will this work with potty training?
Howdy all, we just got our puppy yesterday night and have started the long process of potty training. Or however long it will take haha.
Yesterday she did have two accidents, but we realized this was our fault. We gave her some time in a pen, not realizing that the whelping box and the pen are almost exactly alike and she was allowed to potty in there. Quickly we took down the pen and are now just using the crate. We had 2 succesful potties last night (well at 2 and 6 am haha!) rewarded and treated, but she did have an accident in her crate today. Again, this was someones fault. My step dad unfortunately has not been himself lately, and slept through her designated potty time today. My boyfriend and I got home at 12 and took her out to play and potty, which she did, and we praised her for it and gave her some tasty cheese.
Now, at the moment I dont have too much faith in my step dad to help us out. I honestly think he is still too torn up over our late dog who died earlier this year, and so he's being somewhat avoidant. Were trying to talk to him and get him seriously involved, but its up to him. I'm sure eventually he'll come around.
Anyway, when we do take her out (Trying to take her out at 2am, 4am, 6am, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 3pm, and 5pm) we have her drag the leash because she's not used to having one yet. Unfortunately dragging the leash also distracts her from potty, because she's very interested in nibbling it. I'm able to get her to forget about it using a treat or a bone, but we dont have a fenced in yard and sometimes us holding the leash (at least with this being her first day here) does more harm than good. I would rather work on getting her used to the leash in play sessions after she potties. So I was thinking about moving the pen (no bedding or floor, just the pen itself) outside in her potty area, bringing her in there, waiting til she potties, treat/reward, and then taking her out of it for leash and play time. I figured this could work out well since she's still going to be getting used to outside equals potty, and the pen is somewhat similar to her whelping box. If nothing else it will be like a fenced in part of the yard.
Does this sound like a good idea? Anyone else done something like this before? Thanks in advance for answers!