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Based on our experience, (we have a 3 yr old female since she was a puppy), you definitely need to train for an indoor potty--especially if she will be left alone during the day. Also, morning to 3 pm is a long time for a puppy to be alone--early on might be traumatic for her; could you or parent(s) come home at lunch so she can have human presents to break up the day. Maybe take her out, talk to her, give her some attention, etc. Our Hav would go nuts if she could not tell where we were, although she aged out of this after a while.
Assuming you get a puppy, when you get her, the breeder would have her paper trained, so papers could be used, and maybe placed on top of a pee pad for a while, but it will be a different and new experience/situation for her, so she will need to acclimate to the new surroundings.
We used an ex-pen set up in our foyer with papers, a bed, and food/water--all under lain by a plastic sheet for accidents overturned food/water, etc. We let her out of the pen to roam but kept an eye on her, and guided her to a pee pad (synthetic re-washable) placed by the back door for potty. Our thinking was that if she knows to go to the pad, we can easily open the door and let her out for business--and if we didn't spot her, she still had the pad to go on. Looking back on this, I think we should have located the pad somewhere else besides near the back door--it turned out to be convenient for her, but not for us.
Now, she still uses the pad if we don't spot her need to go out or if she hasn't been out lately. She prefers to go outside, but has an indoor option in case. When ours decides to go she goes, not much lead time, but she is getting much better at that too.
I'm sure others on here will have far more input/insight/experience about this than I do. Good luck---they are adorable, quirky, little dogs. You should enjoy their company very much!
Last edited by ringoblack; 08-27-2012 at 10:57 PM.