Hello everyone. I wasn't sure where to put this so I just started here, but moderators feel free to move this thread to a more appropriate location if necessary. So, I just got a 10 week old cockalier puppy a few days ago who I absolutely love to pieces. She's adorable and very attached to me already, and I'm very attached to her. I live by myself, but have family nearby. I also work the night shift, three 12s per week. It breaks my heart when I have to leave her to go to work. The first night she was awesome, I left her in her crate overnight, in the morning no accidents and she went to the bathroom outside with no problem. The next night I was scheduled to work, so I went in at 7 pm. My family stopped by my place that night to spend time with her while I was gone and let her outside a few times. (A few minor accidents here and there throughout the days, but as to be expected as she is a baby). I hurried home in the morning to see her, and was greeted by my puppy crying in a poopy mess in her crate! (I couldn't help but burst into tears when I saw this). My brother had let her out in the early morning hours before he left for the night. We're just hoping that we just fed her too many treats that day. Once I cleaned everything up she was better. Throughout the course of the day it seemed that she has peeing outside down pretty well with very few peeing accidents, but I've only been able to get her to have a bowel movement outside once, and the rest have been on the kitchen floor.
Sorry for all the rambling, it's just been a very tiring and frustrating few days. I just want to get her trained and I want her to be happy. I've been assured by several people that all these accidents are a normal part of puppyhood, but I just want to do everything I can to make this easier for her. If anyone has any puppy training advice I would really appreciate it. To those of you that work 12-hour shifts how did you format your day to spend enough time with your puppy and get her trained? Please tell me this gets easier quickly!?!? Thanks in advance.