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Potty training questions...
We will bring our puppy home at 8 weeks in mid-August. I've been doing a ton of research, and based on what I've read, I have a potty training "plan" in mind. I'd like to run it by you experts to get your comments.
To start with, I'm not crazy about the idea of any elimination in the house (obviously, there will be accidents; I mean to say I don't want to use piddle pads), so I plan to train him to go outside from the beginning. I know this will require taking him out A LOT during the day, but I am a stay-home mom and will just be home with him. While we're in the house, he'll be in his crate unless we are actively playing with him and/or watching him (which will be most of the time, unless he's sleeping).
Our house has three stories, with a daylight basement, so when we go out the back door (off the family room and kitchen, where the puppy will be), we go out onto a deck that is one story above the yard.
I'm concerned about trying to carry him down the stairs and to the yard quickly enough (I would want him to make it to the yard so we could praise him, etc.), so I thought I'd get a "Potty Park" and put it on the deck. That way, we can get there quickly. I thought I could take him out there, let him do his business, give him a treat and a party, and go back inside. We can always take him down to play in the yard, and he's welcome to potty there anytime, but I thought the Potty Park would be his primary spot. Since it is grass-like, he will get used to the feel of grass, and can choose to go down to the yard to do his business once he's old enough to manage the stairs, if he wants to.
Now, for my question: Do you all think this plan can work in real life? I have been reading lots of posts on here, and the recent one about Lise's little Ted going crazy on his leash at potty time got me thinking this might not work as well as I'd hoped. Is he going to need more room than the Potty Park will provide?
This is my first time with a little puppy, and I want to do the best I can for him and for our family. I was expecting potty time to be relatively short and focused and separate from play time (although I do expect him to sniff around and potty when he's in the yard to play). Am I off in my expectations?
One last thing... I know that much of these things will depend on the dog and his preferences and that we'll have to be flexible. I am open to that, but I am a planner and will function better if I have a plan in mind before he comes home. The Potty Park is pricey, so I'd love to know if you think I'm off-base.
Thanks in advance for your help!