- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
I’m excited and overwhelm with the new furbaby. Before we got her, we’ve read up the training materials such as seperation anxiety, barking, house breaking, etc. It sounds easy on paper but the application is not what I thought it would be. We contacted a trainer and the breeder for advice and we follow them, but some how I have a feeling I’m not doing it right. My husband said I have too high of expectation and she’s only a baby. So bees, I have a few questions, let me know if this is normal for puppy or I’m doing something wrong.
1. I want a dog with energy that I can go hiking and jogging with so we went with Samoyed as they’re friendly and have energy. My puppy has crazy energy. Whenever she’s out of the crate, she’s running around or chewing on things (we give her toys). Husband said she’ll grow out of it when she’s older. Is it normal for puppy with such high energy? I wanted (and have seen pictures) a caml puppy to lay by my side while I watch TV or work or cuddle up. Our baby is opposite of that.
2. We potty train the puppy using crate. How long will the puppy learn or at what age does the puppy learn? We crate our puppy and take her out every 2 hours or so to go potty. If she’s sucessful, we gave her treat and play with her for 30 mins then back into crate. If she isn’t successful, we put her back in crate. Although I’m following what’s suggested, I feel I’m doing something wrong. I feel bad that some spends much of the time in the crate, also I don’t get to play with her. I always want to have a puppy to play with and my puppy spends most of her time in crate.
If we don’t crate her, we can’t gage her peeing schedule. Sometimes she pee w/in an hour, 4 hours, 3 hours, 2 hours, 1 hour or even 40 mins. A few times I let her stay outside of the crate more than 30 mins, thinking that she won’t pee because she just peed, she has accident. It seems she doesn’t even try to hold it. Everytime she goes outside we praise her and give her treats, sometimes we caught her in the middle of the act and picked her up and put her outside. How do you crate train your puppy w/o crating it most of the time?
3. Since I work from home, we don’t want the puppy to have separation anxiety if one day I get a another job and have to leave the house. We crate her 3 hours alone in the bedroom while I’m downstair working, so she’s used to being by herself. Initially she didn’t like it, but she’s now getting used to it. I just feel extremely bad crating her.
Are we doing it right? Are we crating her too much? How can we crate her less and still potty train her or have to put up w/ accident?
I have more questions, but I’ll save them for later. I don’t want this to be a wall of text.