Hi Everyone! I've been spending the last few weeks reading as much as I can on this forum in preparation of bringing my little guy home on Saturday. What a wealth of information I've been able to find! He will be 10 weeks old and is the most precious pup I've ever seen -- hubby and I fell in love with him instantly. (I'd post a picture, but the site won't let me???). We think we are going to name him Bailey, but that might change if his personality suggests another name is more appropriate .
My question is regarding using a collar/harness and lead for potty training. We have a big back yard which is in the process of being fenced in, so I don't really feel like I can just take him out without risking him running away. I know how much puppies really hate wearing a collar/harness at first and also have difficulty with a lead, so I'm a little concerned. Quite frankly, even once the fence is up I'd like to use the lead for potty training so he knows the difference between business and playtime when outside. While I'm not planning to walk him in the yard, rather will carry him out and put him down to you-know-what then carry him back into the house, I'm concerned the initial discomfort of the collar/harness and lead will distract him and render him unable to...ahem...get the job done -- especially when we first bring him home.
I'd really appreciate any advice you can give on this. Also, I know next Saturday is going to potentially be an overwhelming and scary experience for our little guy and want to make the transition as low stress as possible for him. So any advice you can provide on that would really be helpful too.
Thanks so much, in advance, for your responses!