I read my books cover to cover and I feel like they don't cover each scenario. My book says to crate the dog whenever you are gone from home, at night and when you can't be in charge of him/her. So here's the thing...I am a busy mom of 5 who runs around the house a lot from room to room. I have her in a huge kitchen/dining room space gated in. Is it ok to run around the house and leave her there on my home base where I am the most? I kind of worry about her when I am running around and she seems to kind of get upset when I leave the space. When I take a shower should she be crated or in the gated space? I feel like I spend all day letting her out for fear of an accident. How often must she be taken out? I know after a meal, lots of play or waking up. It seems that we do that all day though and I feel like I am in a tailspin. I wonder when and how she will build up stamina here when I Am not gone much and she only has to go long stretches at night. Right now I use marrow bones as an occupier for her when I have to leave the space and have her in the gated area for a small while and this seems to work. Does this sound ok? I guess I just want to hear that this pattern isn't going to continue for too much longer or that the year will go fast and we will be beyond this! HELP!!! THANK YOU
When Piper was a little puppy I use to take her out every hour on the hour. I never used a crate for her when I was home only when I was out. I was able to keep a constant eye on her. I was able to bring her into what ever room I was in at the time. I did crate her though when I took a shower.She's now 6 months and I would say fully house broken unless I ignore her signs that she has to go. Which then it's my fault.Her as a little puppy ,well puppy are tough,and need lots of attention and work. Good luck. It does get better though.
when you leave her in the kitchen/dining space does she have accidents? right now i would crate her when you are running around the house. that in itself will have her "hold it" while in the crate. she may be upset being left, but that is how they learn that humans do come back to them. or, you could leave her in the kitchen/dining space free and see if there are accidents while you are gone. i think that is fine, too. marrow bones sound great for an occupier. it does get better; but the first couple months are a lot of work. once she's 4 months old it will probably relax some, and most dogs are completely housetrained by 6 months. yours may be sooner.
GOD BLESS YOU!!!! I needed to hear that. See I have been spending most of my time with her in the kitchen/dining room area making meals and working ont he computer, cleaning up etc. She falls asleep on my shoes many times during the day and I use that time to run around a bit in other areas. The thing is the books suggest she nap in crate, but I am not positive when that would be. I feel like a nervous reck everytime she sniffs the ground! I think I take her out TOO often! Also, am I supposed to be giving her something to do when we are just hanging around like that?
It will not hurt to use the crate more often, ecspecially if she is falling asleep at your feet. When she is older you will be able to tell when she is tired, so I would focus on getting to know the puppy and her habbits right know, so you will be able to tell what your puppy needs. I do not think it will hurt the puppy if you use the crate more often.Or leave her in the gated area alone for awhile if she is not having any accidents, she will have to get use to being left alone at sometime, so do not feel bad you are doing this for her own good! If you are taking a shower put her in the crate, or at mealtimes. Hey, If you need a break put her in her crate chance are if you need a break so does your puppy.Oh yeah, most corgis usually do not cry when left alone; corgis are very independent. I got mine at 10 weeks and she never cried when I left her alone.
I use to take Piper with me every place I went in the house. You also have to remember pups have real little bladders and can't hold it for long.Like I said she went out every hour on the hour. Over night though she would hold it all night long.Eventually she started to go on a schedual and it became easier.If I seen her sniff or walking in circles I would pick her up and take her out. Sometimes it would be every 45 minutes. Then she would go.It use to frazzle me . Sometimes I would take her ,and she would come in and pee. Or I would take her out,she would pee then come in and pee again with poop after she just did it out side. I never got mad,just firm, fair , and consistant. Potty training is the tough part.
"I feel like a nervous reck everytime she sniffs the ground! I think I take her out TOO often! Also, am I supposed to be giving her something to do when we are just hanging around like that?" i remember being like that, too. my lab was the type that wouldn't sniff much, just go. i had her out so much! then my pug takes 20 minutes of sniffing to find a spot. try taking her out every hour, and see how that goes. maybe that's enough so she won't have an accident. after she goes leave her in her area or crate and you run around the house. once you see her sniff, try to wait a few seconds to see if she squats, or is just exploring. if she squats, say "NO" and whisk her outside. maybe you'll be able to tell a difference between the two types of sniffing. with my pug, i can. i'd give her some toys and things to chew on while she's alone in her spot. otherwise she may chew on walls or furniture. then at age 4 months, lots more chewing because of losing teeth!
Puppy training As I sat here reading your inquiry, I had to laugh a little, as it appears with 5 children you have forgotton about the mixed emotions of your first newborn. So, here you are 5 children later, with a situation very similar to a newborn, that being your emotions, are you doing the proper thing, too little or too much. You will experience basically the same ordeal with a puppy, another form of a mammal baby, and yes a baby. Remember the potty breaking of your children, and relate that to the housebreaking of the puppy. Consistancy is the answer. Time consuming, yes, does it pay for itself, yes. Your puppy will usually only want to please you, but you have to take the time, and yes it seems like alot of time, of over and over again. I in the past took mine to potty every 30 minutes, using the stove timer as a reminder. And also got up twice in the middle of the night until we got it down to going all night to early morning. Using a crate only when I was gone, I am retired, and supervised completely when with me. Within 2 weeks was setting the stove timer every hour, and by the third week was going on her own to the potty pad. Also, try more toys, stuffed toys, toys with squeeky sounds. Very inquisitive and time consuming. I think it sounds as if are on the right track, it just takes consistancy, and with a little love, you will have a wonderful friend. I really enjoyed reading your topic.
Hi! I am a stay-home mom with 4 kids, a husband, frogs, hermit crabs, a 6-yr old Golden and a 5-month old Golden. It sounds like you are driving yourself crazy over every little thing!! You need to stop and take a breath!! Don't obsess over every little thing. The puppy will thrive and learn to live in your busy household. Keep doing the things that you are doing and things will get easier. It's very hard for me to get the husband to help with the dog (he's the worst one for feeding him table food and letting them on the couch!) The 2 older boys can walk the puppy but not the older one as he is a puller on the leash. You just have to be like the Nike commercial----"Just do It"------relax and don't put so much pressure on yourself. I'm assuming your kids are turning out just fine, and so will the puppy!! The puppy will become housebroken and he will eventually stop teething, just like kids!!! Things will get easier!!----Good Luck!!