Hi guys! First of all, I'M NEW! So hello and I'm excited to learn from you all!
Let me also apologize for this long post.
My background on dogs: When i was younger my family got a Golden retriever and we had him for 13 years. He died three years ago. I was the primary 'trainer' (if you can call it that). He wasn't FULLY trained (since 12 year old me only taught come, sit, beg, etc etc) so he would cause trouble but this died down when he got older and just knew not to do things. He was not crate trained (he had access to the puppy pads in the garage, etc). Anyway, I am going to be picking up the second dog of my life tomorrow. I was young when I had a puppy and the responsibility didn't rest on my shouldes then to train, but I am way older now and I plan to be a great mommy. Having said that, it's also been a long time since i've had a puppy and THIS time, solely to myself! I am confident with my abilities to be with a dog. I also worked for a while in a doggy daycare/police dog training center and I had a wonderful time with dogs there too (both old, young, all breeds, shy, outgoing, you name it)
My dog: I am picking up my 9 week old australian shepherd tmrw! He is a cute liver and white coloured fluffy thing and has a super chill/mellow disposition. Any pointers (about food, about toys, about health, about ANYTHING) will help but here are some specific questions that I have:
1) what kind of treats can i feed him when charging the clicker, promoting reinforcement, giving a distraction, etc etc? I'm watching the videos by kikopup on youtube that's being posted everywhere and I love her training method but I want to know what treats I can give the puppy to not overload him on fatty stuff/junk food. She was giving out a LOT of treats!
2) What should my puppy's feed/pooping schedule be like? I am willing to get up for him every 2-3 hrs a night for the first one or two weeks for him. I plan to crate train him as well. I have to leave in the morning at 830 for work. He will be coming with me b/c work allows dogs (yay!) but he will be on leash and boxed in with cardboard around my desk for the first week or two as well to prevent him from running away haha. I will also set up puppy pads to try to get him to go on it, in case I make the bad mistake of misjudging when he needs to go. Anyway, I've heard 3 to 4 3/4 cups a day is good. Any brands recommended?
3) I know that it's important to be consistent with the puppy's training. One of the rules for him at home is he is not allowed into the bedroom (where there is carpet). But i've also heard that for crate training, having him in the room calms him down for the first week. So, should I let him in or should I not? If i let him in for the first week to make him feel safe, will it still be easy and okay to teach him that he will be in his crate in the living room? Also, I plan to train him out of his crate as he gets older.
Sorry for the long post!! AND THANKS IN ADVANCE!!
(going to put an exclamation b/c i'm getting the puppy tmrw)