I have gotten so many helpful ideas reading everyone's posts and had a solid plan in place when we brought Avrie
(8 week old female and smallest in the litter) home last weekend. I am hoping to get some insight/suggestions for Avrie with her potty training journey. [Sidenote: We have Blakely
who is also a female and just turned 3 years old. We adopted Blakely when she was two years old so she came to us already potty trained. She goes outside to potty and poop exclusively.]
Here is our set up: IRIS ex-pen in the den (we are not using a crate at night, just the ex-pen) that has her bed, water bowl, and potty pad tray. Other than Avrie pooping and walking through it on the potty pad tray once or twice she has not made a mess in the pen. No potty any place other than on the potty pad tray. She walks over to the tray and will potty ad lib/as needed. We are beyond thrilled with that progress in such a short amount of time!!! Now, outside of the ex-pen is a totally different story. Tile floor in the kitchen we have partitioned off for supervised playtime and that is where we feed her 3x/day. We bring the potty pad tray in there when she is in there (not close to her food tho). We have learned her "frisk n scamper around" pre-poop dance and put her on the tray . Now her sign for pottying it isn't as distinct. When her nose is down and sniffing we place her on the pad and tell her to "go potty". Most times without success. She will then go back to playing and most often will potty anywhere BUT on the tray. The same thing occurs in the family room where we have a vinyl table cloth laid over the carpet (beige carpet...beige table cloth) and that is where we play with her when we are watching tv and just hanging out as a family. We have not allowed her free run of the house to explore (supervised of course). She does a good job of staying on the table cloth except when playing with big sis Blakely. No big deal, she gets too far off we just return her to it. I should also mention both in the kitchen and family room we place her on the tray about every 15 mins and tell her to "go potty".
Now our long term goal is for Avrie is to be like Blakely and go outside exclusively but I know we are a long way from that.
Avrie had her first round of puppy shots. Our vet says it is ok for her to go outside in our small fenced backyard space that Blakely uses. Just watch to make sure she doesn't eat the poop that might be left there. I know Blakely is going to be so helpful with training Avrie to go outside once both of them get better adjusted to one another. It doesn't help that the weather is not cooperating and we have TS Chantal going to dump more rain on us this weekend (live in SW FL). So honestly we have not made much effort at all to start the go outside in the yard yet because of the weather forecast.
I know Avrie is still very young and only weighs 2.1#. I don't expect 100% success this early in her life. I just want to know what I need to tweak and make sure we are teaching her correctly. Miss Avrie is such a good girl already. She slept 10p-6a last night!!! About 4am she let out 3 lil whimpers but self soothed herself back to sleep before I even got out of bed to comfort her. She loves her Cuddle Puppy with the heartbeat that we put in with her at night.
Whomever is brave enough to tackle my long winded post I want to thank you in advance!!! Going to work on putting a pic up of Blakely and Avrie...our lil "love muffins"