We have a new puppy. I adore her. She's sweet and everyone loves her.
I'm having a hard time housebreaking her, though. She's 9 weeks old. We're crate training.
I'm home most of the day because I work nights and my husband is home most of the night. She gets a lot of attention. My problem is that I cannot watch her every moment of every day. We have her in a crate while we're sleeping, but during the day, I have . . . you know, stuff to do. Laundry, dishes, floors, beds to make, Etsy orders to fill. Just stuff. I don't want to stick her in the crate every time I have to get something done, because it's just too much crate time.
If you have been through this before, my questions are:
How long did it take to house break your puppy?
How did you keep an eye on her every waking second of the day and still get things done?
How frequently would you say she had accidents in the first, say, month of having her in your home?
What tips would you offer a new puppy owner for housebreaking?