Hi Again All,
Well with just about two weeks until I take delivery of our new daughter (A Cavalier King Charles "Charlie") I have been out buying her the bits and bobs I think she'll need, as well as making my apartment as "Puppy Proof" as possible!!!!!
So far 2 Kong toys (small and medium) and Kong Air ball, some squeaky fluffy toys and a rope toy. I'vwe also bought her a 24inch crate which I figure I will have to partition off. I also bought a very small transport crate which will probably be big enough for her as a small puppy and may last a couple of months.
My questions are this
1. Should I get the new puppy used to the larger crate straight away (which will be partitioned) or should I use the smaller plastic travel crate to start with.
2. She is going to be limited to allowed to roam my kitchen and hallway (and possibly bathroom) during the times we are not there. Now I've read with crate training that the puppies should stay in their crate during the day. Should I leave the door open ?? I mean to allow her to have a little roam about and explore and a chance to stretch her legs. Or should she stay locked in her crate when we're not in (Could be 6 hours on some days obviously due to work)
3. Is using cat litter (and tray) a good way to house train her in case she needs to relieve herself, she isn't going to be indoors all the time and we plan to walk her as often as we can, but in the meantime should we try to encourage her to go in a litter tray.
4. Is it a good move to use "Puppy Pads" in the litter tray???
5. Roughly how long do dogs take to housebreak, I've read quite a few different things in different books by vreeders but I realise that these people are professionals to an extent and get to spend almost every waking hour with their dogs. Whilst I'd love this to be the case, how long does the average "Joe" roughly find it takes them.
I'm so very excited about getting her, so I'm sorry if some of these Q's seem a bit "Dumb" I just want to do the right thing by her.
Many thanks for all your help