I have a 4 months old japanese spitz puppy and I live in a high rise apartment without a backyard. I started off confining her to a corner of the living with a couple sheets of wee wee pads on the floor, which for the majority of time she did her business on the pads. However, at night when she was confined, away from my bedroom door, she would whine and bark continuously. I know the best action is to ignore her, but living in an apartment I just couldnt afford to leave her bark for a long period of time. So I extended her confined area to include the section where my bedroom door is. Now, apart from the little corner where she sleeps next to my bedroom door, she would do her business sometimes on the pads, sometimes just wherever.
I also notice that she hasnt made a connection with the wee wee pads and potty as sometimes she just goes on the floor right next to the pads. I also praise and reward her with treats everytime I catch her weeing on the pads, but it seems like she relates the reward with going rather than going on the pads. She also has a crate but she even does her business in the crate sometimes (without the door closed of course)
This morning when I woke up, i noticed she had weed on the pads, and also on the floor close to the pads. I moved around, she followed, then she just weed next to me on the floor. at lunch time i returned home to check on her, and while i am preparing my lunch, she actually went to the pads area and did her business on the pad. So I am so confused whether she actually did learn the idea of doing business on pads or not？？
What should I do to successful potty train her? I am considering of moving the crate next to my door together with the excercise pen, put a wee wee pad in the crate and let her sleep either in the crate or the small confinement I create (i think when she is close to my bedroom door, she is relatively quiet at night). Then confine her inside the crate after meals, wake ups etc till she does her business? Would I confuse her even more if I start over her potting training again?
I would really appreciate your help. Many thanks in advance.