My parter and I at last have our B bitch pup from a good breeder. We have called her Minke and she is a sweet natured, 11 weeks old, red and white cutie.
In preparation for her arrival we informed ourselves about how to train and care for her and she is responding very well - in fact after reading many of the interesting notes on this Forum we were pleasantly surprised by how responsive and well mannered she is!
We have trained her to sleep in her crate by supplying a heated pad and a favourite toy. However, much as we try during the night to take her outside to pee we still find that her bed is wet in the morning. We are concerned that leaving her in her own pee will give her the message that its OK to pee, or worse, in her crate. We've thought of:
a) extending the size of the crate so that we can provide her with an area to relieve herself - but this might also reinforce bad habits;
b) putting the crate in the laundry with the door open so that she can go out herself during the night through the cat door (but its our winter here in Australia and she might not feel inclined)
Do you have any suggestions?