Thanks everyone for the support and insight! I just thought I’d give and update on things and clarify some details. First, the puppy will not be sleeping in the bed. Ever. I’m a huge dog person, but SO and I both agree that there should be one place in the house the dog is not allowed (unless welcomed) and that’s the bed. I want one area of my life that ISN’T drowning in dog hair, and we both believe it helps to keep a sense of authority over the dog. However, the dogs crate will be in our room, always. Once he’s older and can be trusted not to destroy the room in the night, he will have his “corner” with his dog bed, toys, etc. I think crate training is so important to a dog, because when done right, I think they benefit from having that den/spot that they feel is totally their own.
Also, just thought I’d update on the nights. As previously mentioned, for 2 nights in a row, he didn’t need to be. He just whinned 4 hours into the night and we’d try to see if he’d go on the potty bad. He never did. Then, getting him BACK into his cage was a whole other battle. Well, on Tuesday night, we went to bed with the mindset that, if he whines, we’ll wake him up and bring him to the fake grass. Make it very boring and give a small treat and praise for peeing in that spot. Then back to the cage where we’d let him whine. Well, Tuesday night, for 9 straight hours, not a single whine from him. I honestly forgot he was there until morning. I was shocked, thinking we just did an awesome job of getting the energy out that day.
Well, I woke up this morning to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Yet again, not a peep from him. He was pretty restless last night and constantly changing positions, but no whinning or begging to be let out. When I woke up in the morning to let him out, I was taking a really long time getting his harness on to take him outside. Well, as I was grabbing the bag of treats, I turned around to see him peeing on the puppy pad that we have next to the fake grass (in case he needed a bit more room to walk). I gave him a treat, continued to take him outside, where he peed a bit more and pooped. So, hopefully, we’re on the right track.
One thing is for sure, people can’t NOT want to pet him. We carried him to a lunch spot down the street yesterday (we want to get him used to the sites and sounds of the city, but won’t let him actually WALK and SNIFF until he has all his shots). As I’m sitting on a bench holding him, a guy came ot of a food place just to pet him. A differen’t guy wanted a photo of him, while a girl in my complex road the elevator up 2 floor highers so that she could keep petting him. It’s honestly been shocking and I’ve had to start expecting that people want to pet a golden tator tot of cuteness! lol