For my first post on this site, I just want to give a hearty Thank You! to everyone who has posted before me.
Growing up, I had two dogs. My family has a long tradition of outside dogs (which I never liked, but I was the kid). Nothing is difficult about having an outside dog in the country. They run, play, bark, potty, chew whatever and wherever they want on the acres of land they have free range to explore. You play with and walk them when you feel like it and ignore them when you have other work that needs doing. Needless to say, having a puppy in my apartment is wildly different.
In the three weeks I've had Ellie, I've been on this site frequently to figure out why she's doing what she's doing and how to correct her behavior. I figured out really quickly that we BOTH have to correct our behavior and that my timeline/expectations for training is unrealistic. Reading your posts is like a big, deep, calming breath.