Crate Training Going Great! Just Need some advice
Our 10.5 week old pup amazed me with how quickly she has adapted (and loves!) her crate.
Originally we had her in a pen but I quickly realised that it was too big, she was using it as a bed AND toilet. In the night she would wake up, go to the toilet and THEN whinge for me to let her out.
I got her a crate and for the last 2 nights she has been crated. PERFECTLY. As soon as it was set up with her blankets in there she was straight in there laying down, so it's like she didn't even need to be trained to like it, as she was already used to the pen she just accepted it as her little space. She is super comfortable in it.
Her basic routine is as follows:
We Wake Up and put her out to toilet at: 7:30am
Final wee walk and Bed: 11:30pm
Overnight Wee Walk: 2:30am
Overnight Wee Walk: 4:45am
She is inside and outside during the day, with and without company, she gets regular down time sleeps and regular toilet breaks throughout the day while inside (as soon as she wakes up, 15 minutes after food and drink etc) and she has playtime when she feels like it. She was an outside pup and loves her kennel outside and she is left outside for the 2 hours that someone is not home in the afternoon. She is a contented pup outside and doesn't whinge. We have loads of garden beds to explore and rose bushes to chew haha. She is great - We are just so thrilled with her.
When would be the appropriate time to stop doing 2 overnight wee walks and just make it 1 at 3am? Every night since we got her (13 days ago) she did a poo in her large pen every night. The night before last (first night in the proper crate) she did a poo on her 4:45am wee walk (success!) Last night no overnight poo until being let out at 7:30 this morning.
I noticed that when she was penned she was itching to get out of the pen for the nightly wee walks (I suspect as she'd been up to the toilet and had room to move and play and was excited to be let out - but since being crated it's like waking up a teenager at 9am on a weekend haha - she doesn't want to get out of bed!
Thanks in advance for any advice :-)
Last edited by Schnecke; 08-05-2015 at 08:23 AM.
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