Originally Posted by Ali012281
I have the chance to get an ADORABLE little shih Tzu female. I'm just worried how Meish will adapt to it. The dog is still a puppy and would be kennel trained. Do you think the dog being confined like that would make Meish feel a little more at ease?
Here is a link that speaks briefly about crate training and I have also cut and pasted a sample puppy schedule here for you...Depending on the age of the puppy, you cannot leave it in a crate allowing it only once out in the day.
A puppy bladder is small and he cannot possibly hold it all day or even to be let out only once (depending on age)...Usually, the rule is however many months the puppy is, that is how long he can hold it..So, if puppy is 3 months old, he should be let out every 3 hours...
The next best thing is to start off with is a lino'ed bathroom or kitchen gated area if you have to leave him too long...with the crate in the area...and toys, and water...The very best thing is to have someone come take him out to pee and poop and eat during the day though..
Good luck!http://www.perfectpaws.com/crt.htmlPuppy training Schedule
Depending on the age of your puppy will depend on how many meals he eats a day. Puppies up to about six months should be getting three meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner. Feed Puppy at the same time each meal and use a potty schedule that corresponds to eating. Here is an example:
6:30 a.m. - wake up and take Puppy to go potty.
6:45 a.m. - feed Puppy in crate and give him water.
7:15 a.m. - take Puppy to go potty.
Young puppies have small bladders and less capacity. They may need to go out every couple of hours during the day.
11:30 a.m. - take Puppy potty
11:45 a.m. - feed Puppy in crate
12:30 p.m. - take Puppy potty
Puppies, like children, benefit from naps after play. Put Puppy in his crate with a drink and a few safe toys and let him "go sleepies" for an hour or so.
4:30 p.m. - take Puppy potty
5:00 p.m. - feed Puppy supper in crate
5:30 p.m. - take Puppy potty
Evenings, especially in the summer when it is cooler, are a great time to take Puppy for walks and socialize him. Plus, this will help tire him out for the evening.
8:00 p.m. - pick up water for evening
9:00 p.m. - take Puppy potty
9:30 p.m. - put Puppy in crate for bed
Note: young puppies cannot be expected to hold all night. It can be months until they have enough bladder control so be patient.
Look for signals between scheduled potty times that Puppy needs to go out: sniffing around the ground, circling, etc. When you see him start this, say a sharp "AAAAH! NO" to stop the action and then say in a happy tone some thing like "Want to go out?" Take Puppy outside immediately to his potty area and encourage him to go. I use "Go Kennel!".
You can use "Get Busy", "Go Potty" or whatever you like - just use the same command each time and praise as soon as the action happens. My dogs will stand by the door to signal they have to go out. I know people who have taught dogs to rings bells hanging from the doorknob.