Friday, July 19, 2013: Lily’s first day and night with our pack. She did remarkably well. There were no accidents inside and though some credit is due to Lily, I have to confess much of it goes to my vigilant watch and me. Here’s how we do it at my home.
Potty training. A puppy’s life looks something like sleep, eat, potty, play and repeat. A good rule of thumb when potty training your new pup is anytime it awakes from a state of rest to take it right outside to eliminate. Three doxies are napping on my couch as I work on this article and when I get up here in a minute to stretch my legs the dogs will follow and they will be immediately let out to eliminate. You want to make it a habit for both human and doxie. When a doxie is still and at rest it is less likely going to need to pee or poop, but the moment it awakes and moves about a little it will need to void it’s bladder or bowels. I had much success adhering to this rule: (which I’ll repeat once more) when moving from a state of rest doxie goes directly outside. Additionally, if you have trouble getting your new pup to poop outside, walk them in a circle on a leash in the backyard or chase them. Getting the puppy to move usually facilitates a bowel movement if one is there to be had. Above all be patient and stay the course. Sadly after a few minutes new puppy parents give up and go back inside assuming the puppy is empty only to find it wasn’t. Keeping a poop journal is another great tool during these first 30 days. Puppies will usually poop 2 to 4 times a day.
Lily also slept in her crate next to my bed without one whimper or whine. I’m a big advocate that doxies should start in the crate and once they’re potty trained they can graduate to the bed. Otherwise you may end up with some soiled linens.