Three days in, how are we doing?
Background: 8 week old Purebreed female. With us only 3 days so far
Hello all, I have been using the search function as much as possible but I also need to get my post count up to be able to access some options so I wanted to just drop a general summary of how things are going with my pup after 3 days and make sure I'm on the right course.
1. Potty training is going so so. Seems like we have her completely defecating outside, however, she is still peeing in the house. She seems to like to just twinkle a bit. We will take her out, she won't pee, then will come back and twinkle again after a few minutes. I giver her praise and treats when she goes outside. When she pees inside, I try to clap loudly and "No" and then immediately take her out.
So far I've resisted taking water away, except right before bedtime. And she's doing great in the crate, so far no accidents. Waking up in the middle of the night to take her out and she's holding it. We take her out immediately before and after any crate time. Pees and usually poops after crate time no problem. It's just that time she gets inside when we are playing with her that she will just stop and pause, and let loose.
How's this sound so far? I'm hoping within the week she will be potty trained and I'm just worrying a little too much.
Friends keep recommending the rubbing the nose in the pee, but I'm trying to avoid negative reinforcement that I used on prior dogs who eventually developed protectiveness and anxiety issues.
2. Other than that, she had diarrhea which we were told might be a side affect to her 8 week Vaccine. Today it finally seemed a bit more solid which was good because we were about to call the vet.
3. Her reactions to other dogs are mixed. Sometimes excited. We are keeping her distance until she gets her next round of vaccines but my girlfriend seems to want to pick her up when shes around other dogs. I'm more of the, let her remain down and explore the situation herself. She will pull away if she is afraid. Appreciate any sound knowledge on that. It's confusing how it seems to necessary to socialize them with other dogs before 16 weeks, but at the same time they should avoid other dogs until their completely vaccinated which is around the same time.
4. I've read about a technique called the "collar grab" when they get more into obedience training. I'm not finding much info about it and the description I got didn't completely paint a good picture of how to do it. But the reasoning behind it seemed to make sense so I wanted to explore further about it. Unfortunately searching has no turned up much into. It's a tough term to search since collar and grab pull up a variety of posts on different topics.
Thank you for any feedback. Look forward to being an active contributor.