Puppy Potty/Crate Training
I am a first time GSD owner. I have owned several other dog breeds, but never a GSD, and never a puppy as young as this one. I have a sweet 5 week, 3 day old pup named Chloe. Today is my 2nd day with the pup. On the first day, the breeder gave her the second round of shots. She was lively and playful the first night. She ate at about 7pm, and I crated her for about 10 minutes after. Took her out to go potty, and she wouldn't pee or poo outside. We walked around in the grass in the back yard for 5-10 minutes, then came back inside. She ran straight to her crate and went poo immediately.
The first night I crated her and slept in the living room near her crate. She woke me up at about 3am crying so I took her out. Same result as earlier. She wandered the backyard for 5-10 min, came inside and peed in her crate instantly. She wakes up at 7am so I take her out. I made a point to stay outside for about 20 minutes this time. For the first 10, I tried to ignore her and see if she would go potty...nothing. So then I played with her for a bit, she chased me around the yard. I hope that this would make her need to potty...nothing. I bring her inside and she poos in the crate almost instantly.
She loves her crate and goes into it on her own. I cannot understand why she will only use the bathroom in the crate. The breeder had her and her 5 brothers/sisters in an elevated plywood pen outside, so they all used the bathroom in the same pen that they lived in. Could that be the cause of it? Could this be a hangover of the shots yesterday?
Also, on the second day, she refused to eat breakfast. I took it up and tried again around lunch. Still nothing. I have tried to give her small treats that I gave her yesterday (she took them quickly and greedily yesterday) and she wouldn't touch them. Even put a piece of chicken in front of her and she wouldn't touch it. All day today, she has just wanted to sleep.
Is this normal behavior for a 5 week GSD puppy? I'm at a loss and wondering what's going on the the sweet girl.