Maltese/Poodle mixes have a breeding history that makes them companionable with cats?All of my cats are rescues, but I went to a store for the puppy because I wanted a small breed with known breed history (because of the cats).
I would keep a jar with a secure lid outside containing his treats, or bring the treats with you when you go out. That way you can reward him immediately for eliminating. He’ll be quicker to make the association if you reward immediately. Do you cue “go potty”?He still goes potty in the house and gives no indication that he needs to go out, but he does go when we're outside and as soon as he goes he bolts for the back door to go in and get his treat, so I consider that a good sign that we're heading down the right track and just need some more time for it to all come together.
Many pet store puppies abhor crates because they are crated during the important formative weeks. One reason not to buy from a pet store…the pup does not receive the important socialization he could have obtained while under the care of a responsible breeder.I've managed to make him abhor his crate, though.
Find an extremely valuable food reward; something novel, stinky as all heck, and give it to him only when he’s using his crate, in a Kong. Practice leaving for short terms and offering his this high valued reward.Obviously he associates the crate with me going away since I'm always the one who puts him in and then leaves. I'm trying to work with him in the evenings to get him to associate the crate with positive things but it's to the point now that even approaching it makes him start to tremble and whimper. When he's in the crate he cries and drools. Sometimes he goes to the bathroom in the crate, but usually not. I feel absolutely horrible even putting him in it now, but I have to in order to go to work. What can I do?
It would also be prudent to look into hiring a dog walker to relieve the pup more frequently, maybe doggie daycare is an option for you, or possibly his open crate within an exercise pen would give him less of a sense of restriction.
It would be appropriate to greet your pup (a reward) for calm behavior. If you can resist feeling like you’re the bad person and be conscious of this, 1) you’ll be more open to waiting for calm behavior and 2) you may get more calm behavior when you come home. So, grab a book and sit to read and wait for a moment of silence before letting your dog out. It won’t be perfect, and it may get worse before it gets better, but you have to try to get calm behavior and waiting for it is one way to do that.I feel like a bad doggy mommy. When I come home for lunch he's in a panic to snuggle all over me like he thought I'd never come back.