Okay, in order of your questions...
>1. She eats 3 times a day, starting at 5:30am, what other times should she
>be eating? My concern is a late feeding will cause a poopy crate at night,
>or too early a feeding will cause a hungry pup at 3:00am in the morning.
When Bubba was a pup, now 1 1/2 yrs, we fed him 3 times a day everyday at the
round about same time. If you keep them on a food schedule it will be better
for training the poop/pee times. I fed Bubba at 7am, 2pm, 7pm. Remember this
worked for ME - all situations are different.
>2. She goes to bed at 9:30pm to 10:00pm, and I wake at 5:20 to put her out.
>We have been getting up twice a night to let her out, but is this too much?
>Plus it gets old getting up twice a night. Any tips?
My training tips are simple - after the pup has been fed, take her outside to
the same spot so she'll smell her scent there and pee/poop. It took Bubba a
while to catch on, but if you take her out after she's finished eating she'll
know it's then time to pee/poop. I always took him out on a leash and kept him
in the round about same area for poops and peeing. Of course we had our share
of accidents too, but it's only a pup. Remember don't scare her when an
accident happens, just say a firm NO and then take her outside to her spot.
>3. She has done pretty well going out and pooping, she pee's about once a
>day on the kitchen floor and never gives a clue she needs to go out.
>We have been taking her out
>about every 45 min to 1 hour. Is this too much, and is she learning
I used to take Bubba out after meals and right when he woke up from napping,
resting, or sleeping. If you happen to catch her in the act, go over say a firm
NO and take her outside to finish
>4. The first few nights she pooped and peed in her crate.
>My question is this, I realize the little puppy can only hold so
>much, but I thought they would never poop in the crate. Should I try longer
>times in the crate?
I thought this too, silly me. They don't want to poop/pee in their home and
will try hard not to - but keep trying. I would try to tire Bubba out before
bedtime by playing and this would increase the sleep time. As soon as you hear
her getting up from her sleep, get up and take her out - but then she will want
to play - she doesn't know it's 3am - play for a little bit, about 15 min is
all it took for Bubba and she'll go back to sleep, hopefully
>6. Any other tips???
Yes, LOTS of praise and kisses. Start the sit training early but casually -
don't go into command mode. get lots of hard chew toys - you are going to need
them. Baths are warm water only and make them really fun by singing and praise
for silly things like eating the water - you'll thank me when she's 2. Bubba
actually has a bath song that we sing only at bathtime and now he knows when
he's going outside for a bath and don't fuss at all. Don't take my tips to
heart, as they only work for me, and they could be the right way or the wrong
way, they are just my way. Good Luck and Congrats on your new puppy