Hey everyone, I picked up my pup from my breeder last week! And I've got to say, this past week has probably been the least sleep I've ever gotten haha. But I'm fine with putting up with it for my little guy
Anyways, I just have some basic training questions. Id really like to make sure I'm doing everything right.
For potty training, I purchased a bell for the door knob which he has been ringing on his own the past few days. The only problem is that he will ring it just to go outside all the time. When I take him out I try to make him understand it's only bathroom time. I say potty, bring him to his potty spot, and wait. If he has to go he usually will within the first minute or else if I see him digging or rolling around I'll pick him up and bring him in.
He still has accidents of course. But I believe it's just because he is so young and cannot hold his bladder too long. He might pee on the floor twice a day without ringing the bell still (Was happening 5-8 times a day when I first brought him home) But he rarely poops on my floor anymore (except at night..)
Crate training has has been real tough for me. When I first brought him home, I attempted to keep him in his crate for the night. That did not work. About an hour and a half after I put him in he was still screaming, and I was laying right next to him, unable to get any sleep. I finally calmed him down and let him out after he stopped yelling. Ever since that night I've just slept on the couch in the living room and he would sleep on the floor next to me (I have the rest of the house gated off, he's only ever allowed in the living room until potty trained). Really, the only problem I have with this is that I wake up to a poop on the floor every morning and I can't figure out when he does it lol. I usually go to sleep at 12:00 (he falls asleep around 9-10) take him out before I go to sleep, set an alarm for around 3, take him out again, and then he wakes up every morning between 6 and 7, I take him outside to potty, feed him, then we go for a walk and come home and play before he finally falls back asleep usually around 8. Then I'll have time to shower and eat breakfast.
Because of the excessive whining I thought it just meant I will have to crate train him slowly. I go to college for about 2 hours twice a day on Tuesdays and Thursdays so have been using those times to crate him up and see if he gets used to it. I also feed him all his meals in his crate. Anything I can do to give him a positive view of it.
Now, I'm noticing he doesn't whine or cry if I'm in the room and he's in his crate but if I go outside I can hear him start. I've been noticing this for about 3 days now. I'm guessing he eventually stops, it's just weird because when I get home I can still hear him crying, but as soon as I open the door he stops and just sits staring at me until I let him out. Then he whimpers and try's to jump all over me.
Do you guys think I should attempt crating him up tonight? I've been sleeping in the same room as his crate so maybe that will stop him from crying. I'd really like to stop these night time accidents and I want him to like his crate.
The only problem is that I can't have him crying for long at night. I'm living in a condominium and received a noise complaint the first night I had him in his cage.. Two more noise complaints and my lease is terminated.
Also, how many walks a day is normal for a husky pup? I have to take Logan out every 3 hours or so for about 20-25 minutes or else he acts crazy lol. I just don't want to find out I'm walking him too often or anything.
Sorry, I know this must be a really long read. And I'm no English major so there are definitely a ton of grammital errors. But thanks to anyone that takes the time to help me out!
Here's a picture of Logan too for anyone interested!