So the new girl should be arriving on October 24 and I want to clarify a few things before she comes home.
I just got done reading Ian Dunbar's After you get a puppy
and he talks a lot on the importance of creating bite inhibition. He discouraged never letting your puppy bite, instead encouraging it so you can teach the pup when it bites too hard. That way you create a soft mouth, then a few months later when you achieve a soft mouth you start to teach the pup to bite less. I always thought that it was to teach the pup that biting is a playtime ender from the very start. Yet his view stressed the importance of creating a soft mouth. I know a lot of this can be taught from puppy socialization classes which she will be going to. He did talk about people bite inhibition too. I was wondering what everyone else thinks on this. I don't mind gentle rough housing and mouthing for a soft mouth when playing. Yet I do not want to have a mouthy dog at all.
My second question is the same as everyone else has about house training. I'm sorry but I would like an idea if my idea is a good one. So over all I am going to be taking the first week off the pup is home. After that I have to return to work. I live with my boyfriend and between the two of us the longest the puppy will be left alone is about 4 hours. He will be getting fed through kongs/wobblers and training to keep him occupied and I believe my BF's dog will stay close for companionship. I will also have a radio on when we are gone.
For the set up I know that a 9 week old puppy can not hold it that long. So I'm planning on having a long term and short term confinement. Long term will be a playpen with a crate/bed on one side and some sort of toilet on the other. I'm hoping to do a box with turf in it. I want something a little more like outside than just a pee pad. But I will have the pee pad underneath the turf, so hopefully the smell will attract the puppy still. There will be toys and chews with the puppy. There will be Play time to tire out then potty time before someone leaves. When we are home there will be lots of play-time, training and learning to settle at our feet. We will also only be using the outside potty for the times that we are at home every 30 minutes to 1 hour. Does this seem alright for a four hour period a few days a week?
Should I expect a problem for house training when I eventually do remove the in house toilet? Once she is old enough to hold it for more than four hours she will be crated only when we are gone. At that point we will get rid of the play pen.
At night she will be crated and kept next to our bed, so I will have to take her out in the night if she gets up and cries. I would also begin crate her for naps to get used to it and not think we leave every time. I just don't want to leave her in there for longer than she can hold her bladder.