Hi my name is Alex. My fiance and I are picking up our new addition to our family tomorrow morning. Lila is a brindle, 7 weeks old. We picked her because she had probably the mellowest personality of all the pups from the litter. She was very calm and while all the other puppies were jumping and biting, she and one other puppy were snuggling together and resting. (my parents actually got that other boy fawn she was cuddling with and Lila with now get to grow up with her brother, Jake)... but i digress. We are bringing her home tomorrow and I am clueless!! I grew up with a chocolate lab. My parents brought her home when I was 8 and i had little to do with the training process. I have been reading this forum non stop for the last 3 hours and am now so scared!! LOL. I have already got her a crate, an adjustable one so i can change the space she has as she grows. Right now I have just enought space for her to have a blanket bed i folded up for her, a pee pee pad, and a water/food bowl. Is this enough space? too much space? I know nothing. My parents as well as the breeder have suggested taking her to go potty outside every 15-20 minutes. Positive encouragement and reinforcement. I picked up some of the 1/1 calorie training snack I plan on giviing her as rewards for good behavior. I spent hours yesterday baby proofing my apartment. Right now i live in an apartment complex. i DO NOT plan on taking Lila to any dog areas in the neighborhood. She is getting her second round of shots tomorrow morning before I pick her up. My concern is this. I want to train her that outside is the place to go potty. But after reading on here i am now very scared of her getting sick. a lot of my neighbors have dogs and walk them outside. i do not want her to get sick or parvo from something outside. it is a pretty nice area and all the dogs seem good, clean. but i know that means nothing. what do i do??? how can i train her to go potty outside, and not inside, when i know my neighbors walk their dogs in the vicinity?? my parents who have raised several dogs over the years said the best way to try is as soon as i see she has to go, scoop her right up and take her outside... suggestions? also i see a lot of people let their puppies sleep with them in bed. I am totally ok with that and would love to cuddle with her at night. does this hinder the box training at all?? i plan on leaving her in her box while i am at work and my fiance said she would come home and take her out in between. what can i do can i try having her in bed? will she make a mess or does the fact that we will be in there with her deter that ?? like i said i am clueless, any help is greatly appreciated. starting next week I will be working second shift at my job (02:30p-11:00p). I think this will be good because i can stay up a little later to give her potty breaks. Sandi should be able to stop by on her way home from work around 5:30. so there is a three hour break there, and then ill be home by 11. are there any concerns i should have with this schedule? how can i help Lila get used to this schedule.? Are there any supplies i still need to get? i have a collar, leash and harness. i have food and water bowls. crate. lots of toys alreays, squaky and all. i also purchased some teething toys, a teething bone for puppies from petsmart and some teething plastic keys ( so freakin cut!!) what strategies can i employ to get her used to using her teething supplies and not items in the house. I guess my biggest concerns right now are potty training, teething/biting, and obedience training. I have been doing research non stop for the last week. we kind of only decided we were getting a puppy a week ago i am so excited. from the moment sandi and i were holding her we were in love... i am so excited to have a new girl to give my heart to... any help/suggestions/advice/strategies/dos and donts anyone has please let me know!!!!! i want to be the best daddy in the world for her, and at the same time I want her to be able to be obedient and well trained. again my biggest concerns right now are her health and if its safe to take her outside to go potty right now... thanks. it has been a delight reading all of the stories so far and i look forward to sharing mine soon!!!