Looks like there are a few of us newbies around here. My problem parallels mct's. With the wisdom of one day of experience, I can see now that I have made several errors, and hopefully have learned from them.
First, the good news. I picked Benjamin up from the breeder yesterday. I hadn't seen him in 3 weeks and he had grown so much! He was happy and joyful and bouncing around in the grass as I got some last minute information, then I put him in the car. He cried and almost broke my heart as we drove away, but after a minute he just shuffled around in his crate and tried to get settled. By the time we were on the freeway he was sound asleep, and slept for the rest of the two hour drive. I stopped after an hour, thinking he would need a potty break, but I figured it was better to let him sleep.
We got home and I put him on a wee wee pad right away, but he didn't go. Maybe I didn't wait long enough, but he was just bouncing around and happy and wanted to play after his nap, and I didn't want to keep putting him back on the pad. I checked the blankets in his crate from the car ride, and they were dry, so I was surprised that he didn't have to go.
I let him explore the whole house at first -- it's just a 2 bedroom apartment, not too big -- but then as I'd planned, confined him to the bedroom. We played and played, I fed him and gave him some water, and again put him on the pee pad -- no luck. Where is it all going? I checked around and did find one little spot on the carpeting. I cleaned it up with the enzyme cleaner stuff and put him in his crate, where he slept some more.
He woke up, played some more, and ate and drank some more. I know, big mistake, this was after 10:00. It's just that the breeder made a big deal of being sure he eats, but I can see now that that's not going to be a problem. In short -- every time I put him on the pee pad, he would never go! The thing is, although I live right across the street from a beautiful park, I do not have a private yard, so have nowhere to take him to go outside until he's had his shots. His setup with the breeder was to sleep in an ex-pen and go potty on newspapers spread around in there. I did not want to do that setup because I thought it would be better to have him sleeping near me at first, but more importantly, there would be no way to keep the cat out of there, and until I can trust them together, I don't think that would be a good idea. Anyway -- he has a small crate in my room, and slept all through the night. I got up at 5:30, woke him up and put him on a pee pad, and again he didn't go. His bed was dry. Since I've had him home, I have found 3 pee spots on the carpeting. Also -- he made two big poops on the carpeting! He made one, then instead of picking him up right away and putting him on the pad in the bathroom, I ran to get some paper towels to pick it up, and in the meantime he did another one. Doh!!!
The last straw was this afternoon. We'd been running some errands and everybody loved him, we played some more, he ate and drank some more, and I put him on a pee pad. No luck. I kept putting him back on it, but he just kept jumping around looking cute. Then I made my big mistake. I laid down on my bed to rest and read, and he wanted to come up. I picked him up and put him on my bed, and guess what -- he thinks my down comforter is a big giant pee pad, and he let go of all of that pee he'd been holding on to all over the comfortor. I had just had it cleaned 3 weeks ago!!
I put him in his crate and cleaned it up as best as I could, but I think I might need to buy a new comforter. Obviously I need to reevaluate here. He is not coming up on the bed again until he is potty trained. It would seem mean to just keep him in his crate all the time, and the bedroom and living room are carpeted. I could keep him in the bathroom or kitchen with an ex-pen, but there's the cat issue, or keep him in the bathroom with the door closed, but he would not be happy.
I know I've gone on and on, and all I can say is now I know what you experienced folks mean by the need for patience. Maybe I could put diapers on him, but then how will he learn? Well, in spite of all this he is so cute and fun and lovable and even tempered that I'm sure it will all be worth it. I just hope he figures out the pee pee pad system really soon
P.S. Will send pics later...