We brought Cori home yesterday and love her already! She is 4 months old. She wasn't crate trained at the breeder's. I am working on that but have a few questions...
When I take her out to potty and she doesn't go after 5 min, I bring her back in and put her in her crate. I read that you wait another 10-15 min. and take them back out. Problem is, she yelps and cries in the crate. Do I use the waiting time when she doesn't potty to crate train her? What I read made it sound like what to do for a pup that is already crate trained (the waiting 10-15min.). What do you do when they aren't crate trained yet?
I've been using that time to crate train. She is *very* food motivated. She willingly goes in the crate (because she thinks she'll get a piece of kibble). I worked on closing the door for just a second, working up to a minute. Then I tried moving out of sight. As soon as I'm out of sight, she cries. I wait until she is quiet to come back into sight and treat her. Right now, she is in her crate and she can see me on the computer and she is whimpering.
This morning she at breakfast at 6:45 and peed and pooped at 7:00. She's had a lot of water since and I keep taking her out but she doesn't go. It's been 2 and a half hours since she last peed. Does that sound right?
I felt like I was so prepared for her, but now I'm totally confused and feel like I'm not doing anything right!
Any help is greatly appreciated!!