I know, I know...
First, let me say that I went ahead and bought a dog from a pet store. I had no intention of doing so. I went there to just show my kids the puppies. Ironically, there was only one and it was resting. While my kids were walking around, I started to talk to the rep and fell for the puppy. She is an Australian Shepherd, born June 13, black and white. She's a real sweetheart. I know that people don't recommend buying from a pet store, but she was half off since this pet supplier in particular was discontinuing dog sales.
Now, here's my dilemma. I'm trying to get this puppy trained. I get the feeling she wasn't properly socialized as a puppy, so I'm sure she was supplied by a commercial breeder. When I put food and water down, she won't eat or drink if I'm around. She wants to be buy me. I don't want to leave her alone though since I'm trying to potty train her. I also don't want her food and water in her kennel since I don't want her to have enough room in there for that.
The next problem is with potty training. She has no idea that outside is where she is supposed to go potty. She wants to play and she just sniffs around my legs. I put her in her kennel overnight, with just enough room for her to stand and turn around, and she definitely went potty. What's the best way to fix this. I need to potty train her fast, and the crate method was my best option. I don't have the time to watch her like a hawk all the time.
I appreciate all input and will provide input if needed.