If I take my puppy out of the crate to go outside and she only pees, but does not poop, should I put her back into her crate when returning inside?? Do I keep doing this until she poops? What if it take hours for this to happen, as has been the case?
You will learn your puppies elimination schedule. Mine never pooped soon after meals. You can learn to recognize the signs of needing to poop which might be be sniffing the floor or circling around. You can keep your puppy out of the crate if she peed and didn’t poop but just make sure you have eyes on her at all times. If you think it might be time for a poop just try taking her out again in a little while. It is definitely a learning curve between crate time, freedom and taking her outside. Also remember that any time a puppy changes activities they may need to eliminate - so when they wake up, you take them out of the crate, after eating or drinking and especially after playing.