Hi everyone - we're bringing "Maggie" home next weekend and can't wait. I think we're pretty ready, but I haven't had a puppy in the house in over 15 years
A few quick questions to all you experts out there....
1) We are using an ex-pen in the family room and bedroom initially with a litter box. The breeder has the puppies well trained on the litter box already. Our goal is to start her right away on going outside to go potty. I plan on crating her overnight, once I know she can make it through the night. My question: do you think having the expen with litter in the bedroom will set us back on potty training? I only intend to use it until I know she can make it through the night.
2) Collar vs. Harness - it has been recommended to us to get a harness, which I did, but it seems like it would be easier to get her out to potty more quickly if I had a collar on her. I know she'll be small initially, so I was wondering if I should wait until she's bigger to use a collar or if it's okay from the beginning, as long as we size it right and don't "walk" her on it so she pulls. I'm more concerned with efficiency for taking her potty
3) Should they really only walk 10-15 minutes a day when little? I don't want to hurt her little bones. I did (please don't laugh) get a doggie stroller, since we like to go on long family walks, until she can walk as long as we can. I can't tell you how much ribbing our family has been giving us over the stroller..lol
I already have her signed up for a training class with a reputable trainer, once she's been home a week or so and settled. We plan on working on clicker/positive training with her.
Any other tips are welcome. Thank you!
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