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Apparently getting a dog is similar to having your first kid. Everyone assumes that you are stupid and offers "must do" advice. Oi. I seem to be a magnet for it! I, of course, have to be the oddball who crate tranes and everyone thinks I am practicing cruel and unusual punishment and I am second guessing things now! Help!
Currently Piper is up around 7am, she goes out to potty and then plays with us in the living room only. We had expanded to the kitchen, but she peed in there, so we went back to living room only.
9am is breakfast, potty and then nap - either on our lap for snuggles or in her crate if we are busy.
11am she is up, potty & play time, then lunch, potty, snuggles and a bit more play and then she goes in her kennel at 1:30 for a nap. She typically naps for 2 - 2.5 hours. Then up, potty, play, snack, potty, nap. She eats at 6pm and is in bed for the night between 9 & 10pm.
We have half her kennel blocked for now and will eventually expand to give her the whole kennel. We will also expand her time outside the kennel and in different areas of the house, decreasing her "space" if she potties inside. She also has lots of play time outside, not just in the house.
Is this "right"?? I keep having people tell me that she should have the run of the house and just to "rub her nose" in her accidents. We have never rubbed her nose in it. If she has an accident we will clap to get her attention and then immediately take her outside to her potty spot while another member of the family (usually me! LOL) cleans up the mess. Am I being "soft"??