When to take the next step in puppy housetraining...
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|Fri, 01-31-2014 - 4:43pm|
My family adopted our first family puppy about two weeks ago. He is approximately 8 weeks old at this point. Since he has been home, we have been crate training him with the assistance of an attached indoor "safe-zone" aka an enclosed area entirely covered by absorbent pads. We also take him out every 2-3 hours, and he always goes potty once taken outside. He has only pooped on his indoor pads once... It appears that he prefers to do that outside. He urinates on the pads usually only 1 or 2 times per day, and at this point it seems he is only doing so as far away from his crate and food as possible. I am so proud of him!
Would this be a good time to transition him to only placing 1-2 absorbent pads in his safe zone? Should I leave one soiled pad to encourage him to return to that area?
I did a large amount of research before adopting this puppy, as my husband I both work, and although our schedules have allowed us to never leave the puppy home alone for very long at this point, things will be changing in the next 4-6 weeks. I would like to do everything I can with this time to train our puppy.