I just got my first puppy, a Finnish Spitz, from a breeder about 3 weeks ago (she's a little over 11 weeks now). Things are going OK, she's not quite housebroken, but we're getting there, and besides her barking (a breed trait that we're working on!), she's great.
Adding another level of difficulty in the housebreaking is the fact that she is CONSTANTLY sniffing. I'm crate training, but I'm also home almost all day so she's out with me in our living room/kitchen. So it's not like we're going to new places throughout the house (which, in my mind, might warrant the sniffing), so shouldn't she be used to this area????
I end up taking her out every 45 minutes because she just sniffs, and I don't want her to have an accident in the house (I'd much rather catch it and praise her than have her go inside). But it's getting to be a bit much. And she doesn't go each time when we're out there, so I don't think it's a medical problem.
As far as exercise goes, I do training with her 10 minutes at a time, 3 times a day, she goes for a 10 minute walk with my husband in the morning and another walk when he gets home from work, and constant play during the day (fetch, LIGHT tug of war, etc.). Maybe she needs more exercise? Though I know she can't go for long walks at this age, and anything like a dog park is absolutely out of the question until she's fully vaccinated...
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!!!