Hello all, this is my first post so here goes…
My wife and I will be picking up our new family member this Saturday and this being our first puppy, let alone our first Basenji, I had a few questions.
When she arrives she will be about 10 weeks old. We plan on keeping her in the house and crate training her. We live in a condo on the third floor but have lots of room to roam and play once we get down stairs. Now for the questions.
#1- As I mentioned before we would like to crate train her but there will be times when she will be home alone for 6+ hours. We know this is not ideal and we are going to try to get home at lunch as much as possible but inevitably there will come that day when that day it is just not an option. We also know that a puppy does not have the bladder control for that length of time so we are considering puppy proofing the kitchen, placing her crate, with the door open, in the kitchen and using a baby gate to stop her from roaming the entire condo. As she gets older she may then be able to hold it a little longer and will be able to stay in her crate. For a place to relieve herself we were going to purchase a tray with a little sod for her to use. What are your thoughts on this approach?
#2- We also were hoping to use the same sod approach on our balcony for the late middle of the night poddy trips. Do you think this will work? Is this a better idea than "puppy pads"?
We are really excited about her arrival. Thanks in advance for any advice.