|Barked: Wed May 30, '12 8:02am PST |
|Ex pens are your friend! I'd just pop Lu in there with a filled Kong and a couple chew toys when it was break time. I got her in June, so it was nice to have so I could enjoy being in the yard with her. It folded up easily so when we had a cookout/party to go to, I could bring it and set it up in the shade. That way Lu got to socialize, but had a safe spot when it was nap time. If you're looking at buying one, look for a plastic indoor/outdoor one for toddlers. They're often the same exact model made by the same exact company but the doggy ones are way pricier!
I used the crate for housetraining, I had her on a strict schedule for the first 3 weeks after I brought her home at 8wks. I know that sounds rigid, but honestly puppies like structure and she was completely housetrained by 11 weeks. They like knowing what comes next as they learn your household rules. I woke her up at the same time each day, out, play time, meals given at the same time etc. so the rest of the fam could follow it when needed. I would also tether her at times. That worked great for early lead training when I had to do stuff like laundry. I scheduled all my vacation time that summer to start right after she came home. If that's ever an option if/when you get another puppy, I highly recommend it.
It would have been totally fun...except it rained every.single.day for those three weeks for at least a few hours. Seriously, wettest June on record here to this day. Poor pup had to learn potty training in a monsoon. ugh. So I had to get really creative with games in the house, even though we did a bit of walking in the lighter rain.
This too shall pass! You're not feeling 100%, so I bet that's magnifying things...Hang in there.
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