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How old and when?

Hi everybody!!

Diego is a little over three months old now, and we've had him since we was about 9.5 weeks...some days, it seems like he really gets housebreaking, while other times, it's an absolute foreign concept!

So my question(s) for everyone who would like to answer is: 1. How old was your pup when you got him/her and 2. At what age did it seem that he/she took to housebreaking?
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We got Coach at 9 weeks and he's 16 weeks now. He took to the pee pads pretty quickly, however a few weeks ago our trainer suggested (forcefully) that we move the pee pads out to the balconies. That set us back a bit and if the screen door isn't open he'll go in the house on a rug. Which is why the trainer suggested moving the pee pads outside in the first place or not using them at all. He has no clue as to how to go while on a walk, he'll hold it in the entire walk and then rush to the balcony to pee when we get home. I'm giving treats for the successful poops and pees, I think it's helping

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Well don't want to scare you!Dizzie joined us when he was 12 weeks old and it took him until he was7/8 months old before he was reliable,and Nellie came to us when she was 11 weeks old and it took her even longer she was about 8/9 months old.But even now when I go to work [I'm out for about 4 hours]I put pee pads down for them and sometimes they have had to use them,but that is fine with me.Ours were like that too, some days things would go well and then disaster and it would all go horribly wrong again!Havs are notoriously bad at housebreaking,other dogs we have had in the past were all trained by about four months old.But the Havs are so worth it!!

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We got Will at 8 weeks. He had been trained to the pee pee pads by the breeder. We didn't want this. I don't like the thought of pee and poop in the house. So we taught him to ring the bell on the door by using his paw to hit it every time we took him out. He caught on pretty quickly and has been doing it ever since. I'd say no "accidents" from 10 -11 weeks on.
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Sophie is 8 months and will go right at the door if I don't know she needs to go out. She will use a pee pad but I'm trying to make her go out instead. I have had bells since she was little but she will not ring them.
As for pee pads they are great if it's bad weather, but any kind of small rug or mat is like a pee pad to them and I'm getting tired of washing them. Sophie still spends alot of time in the kitchen and I hope one day she can be free in the house.

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We got Poppy at 9 weeks. We did not use pee pads. Poppy was reasonably potty trained at 3 months but we literally took her out every 1-2 hours. It took about 5 or 6 months before Poppy was 100% potty trained where we didn't have to worry about her.
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Poppy was 10 weeks old when she joined our little family, and has been completely amazing at potty training!! It's a miracle!!! We have had only had a handful of accidents (she is nearly 6 months) and they were in the first 2 weeks. She has a litterbox on the balcony (our garden is not fenced) and rings a bell to go out! However, she did enjoy pooping on the snow on the deck too!!! Hopefully now the snow has gone, so will the pooping! But better out than in! Our previous Hav however, was a nightmare! That may have been our inexperience though! Keep persevering, it can only get better?!
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We got Smokey at 11 weeks and Sissy at 9 and they were both trained by July....we attempted pee pads when we were not home but they were more interested in shredding so we had to train outside only......
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we got django at 12 weeks and he was housetrained by 6 months. consistency is the key but accidents will happen.
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We got Tony and Milo at 11 weeks old and they are still not 100% housebroken in my mind. They are 8 months old now. I want our pups to go outside only for potty but I know others use a litter box or pee pads in the house. I will consider them housebroken when the have no accidents in the house at all and only go outside. We are down to only 1 or 2 accidents a week so I think we are making progress but it is a long hull. Patience and consistency is key but I can tell you I did not always have patience. Good luck and hang in there.

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