I posted a couple weeks ago when I brought home my new pup, gorgeous Siberian husky/Australian shepherd mix, Sheila. She's a sweet dog, very smart, definitely has the herding instinct big time! My issues are that I haven't had a puppy in almost 20 years. I don't know if she is doing great and my expectations are too high, or if I should be working harder on her. She is 9 weeks old and we've had her for a little over 2 weeks. She is still peeing and pooping in the house at least once overnight. When we first got her, she was so little, I let her sleep on my bed (my hubby was thrilled with that let me tell you. lol) so that I would wake up and take her out when she stirred. She was too small to jump down on her own. She has grown so much so quickly, that she has no problem jumping on and off of things by herself now. She has quit trying to sleep with us anymore, but even when she was, she was just jumping down to poop in the house without ever waking me up. I did buy her a crate, but I have never had a crate trained dog. She lays in it with her chew toys during the day on her own, I at least knew to make it a safe place for her where the kids aren't allowed to disturb her. But I can't shut her in it at night b/c she immediately starts howling. So I'm not sure how to go about getting her to sleep in there at night. I don't mind her needing to go at night, I remember when I was a teeneager getting up to take puppies out, it's just life with young, babies do it too, I can handle that. But the problem is she's just going without letting me know she's up and needs to go out! During the day, if I am not busy, I just take her out every time she changes activities, like wakes up from a nap, after a good play session, after eating, etc, and she potties outside no problem. Lots of praise, etc. But if I am busy and doing things in a different room, she just goes in the house without letting me know she needs out! I honestly can't remember potty training my previous dogs! I know I did all the dog work and training when I wasn't in school. I am confident that she will eventually be a good obedient dog. My last puppy was a 120lb American bulldog that I could walk without a leash, I'm good with dogs. But now I'm feeling less confident since she's still going potty in the house so often and doesn't come when I call her! I am thinking that it's just been so long since I had a pup, I forgot how long it takes to get there, and I just need to keep cleaning up the poo. lol. Please tell me what you think, any advice you have. Thanks a lot! Oh, the other issue is that she likes to dig. Not usually a problem, but she destroyed some of my garden seedlings I had outside in bins since the weather's been so nice. Dh and I caught her at it twice and told her no, so she doesn't do it right in front of us any more, but I suspect she did it again while I was feeding the animals this morning! It could have been one of my chickens, but I'm not sure. Any ideas on how best to handle inappropriate digging? Should I try to stop all digging or let her know it's ok to dig "there" but not anywhere else? I've never had a digger before.