I brought home a golden lab retriever just over a week ago. She is now 11 weeks old. She gives me signs when she needs to potty (paces/whines for 1 and barks for 2) so I take her to the paper and all she does is chase her tail or chew the paper (and during the night has started chewing the lino flooring!!)
I don't want to tell her off too much when she does this because I don't want her to think that going to the paper is a punishment of any sort.
How do I stop her chewing the paper or chasing her tail and make her go potty when she clearly needs it?
I have stayed at the potty area, repeatedly saying "wee-wees" in my cheery voice, for up to 45 minutes but she just won't go so I thought I was misreading the signs but as soon as I put her back in her play pen she has a mistake. I have also tried leaving her in the play pen a little longer before taking her to the paper, thinking maybe the pacing/whining was her way of getting out of her play pen, but again she has mistakes.
So far I have been off work the whole time with her and go back on Monday and I'm concerned that if I don't get some positive results before I go back to work it will be so much harder to potty train her.
(PS The potty area is in my laundry which is also where she sleeps but at the other end of the room, her play pen is in the living room where I can see her throughout the day - could this be confusing for her? I can not train her outside yet as my fence is broke so she could escape - need to get that fixed ASAP)