It was in the evening when the breeder brought Mia over for us to look at her. By the time everyone was settled in for the night it was about 1:00 a.m.
At 1:45 a.m., I heard Mia cry so I got up and took her out to pee, which she did promptly.
Unfortunately, everyone in the house gets up at 5:30 a.m. for work and school. I usually go to sleep after midnight and wake up around 8:00 a.m. Of course Mia woke up when everyone else got up. I heard her yip and went downstairs to let her out to do her morning business. Turns out Amie had already taken her out to pee and poo, and she had yipped when Amie put her back in her crate. I could have gone back to bed, but I was already up and she was too cute not to sit there and watch as she jumped around the house playing with the dog toys.
By 7:00 a.m., Mia went back to bed. I had just taken her out to pee and I set her down on the floor then she curled up on the dog bed. After a bit, I put her back in her crate because I was not going to stay to watch her. At this age puppies need 100% supervision. Mia lay down and closed her eyes. I waited until she was relaxed before I closed the crate door. Never close a crate door on a dog that is not relaxed or you will make the dog feel trapped rather than being in a secure place. When Mia heard me walking away she yipped. "Shhhh!" That was all it took; Mia went back to sleep.
The next morning Sara and I were both watching Mia as she was running around. We must not have noticed her smelling the ground because she squatted and peed. I caught her mid-stream and picked her up. "Hey, no!" Mia let out a little growl of a protest as I picked her up. Yep, this little alpha will have to come down off of her pedestal.
Later in the day Mia did it again right in front of me. She squatted. I said "No!" and picked her up and took her outside but this time she did not protest. I have to pay closer attention to the little girl. I seem to be rusty in the puppy department. At this age any accidents the puppy has inside the house are due to human error. No human is perfect, that includes me. Time to pay closer attention.
Housebreaking is going to be challenging until the weather gets warmer. Today it is windy with a temperature of 8 degrees and a wind chill of -12° F and Mia does not like it one bit. As soon as we walk outside she starts to whimper. I have been tucking her into my coat, putting her down to do her thing and putting her right back into the coat as soon as she goes. Her reward for relieving herself outside is to be able to come back inside the house. She had been going right away, both pee and poop. When she does not have to go that badly she runs between my legs so I slowly back up, trying to get her to go. A few times she just sat down and began to cry. It was too cold and she didn't have to go. I scooped her up into my jacket and brought her back inside. Pee pads are always an option; however, they often confuse the dog. If I can avoid it, I do not want to go backwards in the housebreaking department by teaching her that sometimes it is OK to relieve herself inside the house. I also do not want Bruno and Spencer to see another dog allowed to relieve herself inside. The house is the den and the den is supposed to stay clean.
I need to teach Mia to walk to the door when she has to go outside; however, right now because of the frigid temperatures, outside is a huge negative. I have not tried to teach her to walk to the door just yet. Tomorrow the temperature should reach 29° F and the wind should die down. It will be much more tolerable to be outside; I might even be able to show her it's fun for short bits of time. At that point I will begin to teach her to walk to the door.
The rest of the day went very smoothly. Mia caught on that if she peed and/or pooped outside she got put into the coat and brought to a warm place.