So we're about to take the plunge (I think, we have to decide tonight!) on a little puppy. He's almost 8 weeks old and is a chihuahua and american eskimo mix. About 3 lbs, and he comes from a great rescue. We've been home visited and approved and met him tonight and are making our final decisions/preparations!
I liked the way the rescue director had him set up. She uses a puppy play pen covered in potty pads to keep him contained when needed and a small carrier/crate at night. They she starts to make the area with potty pads smaller until he knows just to go on one. We would not be able to bring him outside to walk train for a little while since we live in nyc and he's so tiny and we need to wait a but until he can tolerate the bacteria out there, so we'll be doing the potty pads inside for the time being. I'm wondering if using a used pack and play for the puppy play pen is equal to using the wooden play yard she did, or is it better to have him on the floor? I feel like the pack and play might be too soft and he wouldn't be getting good exercise.
I'm a cat person and my partner is the dog person so you can see my ignorance clearly here.
She said he wakes up once a night to use the bathroom now. He sleeps in the carrier and yelps to be let out once a night and pees and going back in. He's on wet food, I'd probably eventually wean him to raw food like my cats are (when I'm being good and on top of things).
Advice? What do feeding schedules look like, bathroom schedules, introduction to cats and toddler, etc. Luckily, we're able to be home a lot and can be consistent and he won't be left alone for longer than short trips in the neighborhood. When he's out of the play yard and we're playing with him do we keep a potty pad out so he sees he can go there if need be? I'm a little confused at all the basics, we'll be getting a trainer to come in and set us up but I'm betting that won't be until after the holidays.
And please no "it sounds like you're not ready for a puppy" posts. I can handle having another baby at this point, and I'm a quick learner and hard worker.