Check! Ive been doing that, just thought it was really interesting that he whines and gets really hyper! But i am glad he knows that's his place to go!
Thanks - these are some really great tips.
I will be home FT with him for the next 4 weeks. Even though its only starting day 3 today, ive been going in the bedroom and shutting the door for times here and there. and yesterday left the house for 40mins. Set up a camera, and when i came back watched the video and noticed he just stayed laying around in his crate and no noises!
its so challenging, but really fun so far! I cant wait for him to be ready to go outside for potty training and eventually walks
You're right, it's awesome that your breeder took the time and effort to start the potty training process. It doesn't mean your job is done, but it's a HUGE help!!!
Be aware that going into another room isn't the same as leaving the house. Believe me, the dog still knows you are in the house.
Kodi was HORRIBLE about me leaving him in his pen while I went to take a shower (he was a demanding little bugger, and as a first-time dog owner, I wasn't very good at saying "no"
) but he was FINE when I left him home alone for increasingly longer periods. I was more experienced by the time my girls hit the scene, and they were both quiet and well-behaved if I needed to shut them up while I was doing something and couldn't watch them.
It's awesome that Enzo is already settling nicely when you go out on an errand. You are doing just the right thing there, although, when you need to leave for longer periods of time, it would be better to set him up in an ex-pen, with his potty on one end and some toys and his water dish. (or bottle, if he's been trained to use a bottle) This gives him more room to move around, and also keeps him from soiling his crate if he can't hold it while you are out.
Unless you live in a very urban area, it is fine to take Enzo out in the yard, as long as he has had his first Parvo and Distemper shots. (which the breeder usually makes sure they have before leaving home) This is the critical period for socialization, (with humans, dogs and the world!) and that closes at around 16 weeks. You don't have long to get a LOT done! So get him out and about NOW, as much as you can, weather dependent, of course. If it's just too cold to get him out, make sure you are bringing LOTS of people, of both sexes to meet him in the house, and if you know other people with small, gentle dogs, have them bring them over to meet him too. Most important of all, sign him up for a good Puppy Kindergarten (NOT a Petco/Petsmart type!) ASAP!