Bit of background:
This is my first post (hiya) and puppy/dog/pet/baby.
We researched a lot and were told by our breeder to crate train so I purchased what I thought was the smallest crate (24inch or 61cm). I have a smaller one on the way (50cm or 19inch). We need two crates due to living in a 3 floor terraced house and in a family of 5 (grandad, hubbys parents, hubbys sister, hubby and myself), plus a bit of an attitudey low maintenance cat, and decided to have CoCo sleep in our (spacious) bedroom on the 3rd floor where we know the cat wont get to her in the night. We take the crate up and night and bring it down in the morning.
I'm having a few problems with my baby girl...I brought CoCo home on new year's day and she had a couple of pee accidents that day but was no bother and expected.... we cleaned it up and enforced her puppy pad. We have a tray with a covered grid. She did really well. The breeder recommended keeping food in her crate overnight due to the stress of bringing her home so we did with a puppy pad and she used it to pee/poo during the night. Was a great night for all...no one woke up and CoCo went straight to sleep after waking.
On thursday am we took her downstairs at 7am and fed her again as we didn't know what time she'd eaten overnught. She ate a bit but we didnt force feed her and took it away 30mins later.during the day we trained her to pee/poo on her pad(which is close to her crate) and gave lots of happy praise when she did it. That was a good day with no accidents. She was either peeing or pooing in 1.5 to 2 hr slots.
The second night though, decided to keep her pad outside the crate at night as i didnt want her to step in it and carry the scent over to her bed and we woke up when she cried to pee/poo but found she had already done her business and just wanted attention. So we woke up in the morning to soiled bedding which I had to removed to spray with the neutralizer and then wash.
Friday was a bit of a stressful morning as When we bought her down in the morning she had no bedding as she had soiled what was in her crate and was very upset in it and soiled again after id washed it so had to be removed again
. When she calmed down she was peeing /pooing at 3 hr slots during the day. In the evening we took her water away at 7pm and she automatically ran to her pad to pee and poo before settling into her crate. We took her up at 1045 (I had washed and replaced her bedding again by this point so she recognised it as home and also had a few successful naps in her crate). It was like a miracle and we were soo happy she ran to her bed! So we took her upstairs. Friday during the day I trained her to sit - she now does this on cue which I think is amaazing and I'm so proud!
That night She slept til 1.30am, i woke up and sat her on her pad and she pood and went straight to sleep (great). She Woke up again at 430 but no pee. 7am... no pee. Each time she settled quietly into her crate and with max. 10 mins of whimpering.
At 9am this morning she had a poo after breakfast and we took her to the vet for her vet check up and She had her first vaccinations ...shes groggy and seems perfectly fine in in mist ways like shes eating and playing and responding to "sit, stay", but her potty training behaviour has completely changed now. We have had multiple accidents in her bed. She's overly clingy to me, even when being distracted she's crying for me (normally the family can distract her when I'm busy doing dinner /cleaning) and after peeing at 9.30pm (successfully on pad for the first time today) she's woken up (11:30pm) didn't pee on her pad but she peed in her bed. My hubby was being persistent however she ran back into her crate and peed on her bedding. Big step backwards
...she woke again at 1am just now and pood on the other side of her crate and peed on her bed. She has also wailed so badly everytime weve put her in the crate so someone had to hold her all day while she slept in their arms. I stayed away because I had housework to do and other members of the family need to bond with her too.
Her crate is quite big for her but there is nothing on the market for such a small dog. We try to feed her in her crate and have toys during the day but none at night.
So I have a number of questions: im desperate as I lover her dearly and feel very attached to her...I want to help her but I go back to work on monday, and hubby does weds. For 6 weeks after that she'll have hubbys sister with her at home but I know she wont have eyes on her 100% of the time like me and hubby.
Is she having accidents because of the way the breeder had her set up? Bed, newspaper then food?
Have we tried to quickly to move the pad away from her crate?
Should we Get a pen instead and remove crates?
Should we start as we mean to go on and carry on but be extra vigilent? If so, which crate shall we keep where? Ones bigger and will have a covered pyramid bed.
Is it normal for puppys to feel this sad and sorry for herself after the first vaccines?
shall we take her in the garden? And move the pad out there so switch it up completely?
Should I keep washing her bedding? She soiled the throw I slept on with my scent so now doesnt have that with her.
I'm feeding her twice a day but she has treats during the meals playing and pottying.
I've read conflicting information everywhere and could just do with some solid advice for my baby girl. Im very confused...