Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lake Gaston, N.C.
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Two house trained 9 week olds
Over the holidays we have been babysitting for 4 addition Havanese and we have a litter of 2 puppies. Since the ones we're babysitting for have been trained to different things we have 2 litter boxes and a 6 foot square of linoleum with newspaper and piddle pads on it in our TV room. The floor is wood, normally with rugs on it but we rolled them up since we weren't sure of the training of the new dogs. The room is 16x24 with a 7x10 alcove on one end for a piano. The linoleum is where the piano is. One litter box is on one end of the room, another is under the steps on one side, and there is an expen for the puppies on the other end which also has a litter box in it. The puppies spend a lot of time out of the expen. We've had a lot of company so we've been doing a lot of just sitting around talking to guests and letting the puppies run around as much as they like, but of course our eyes always notice what they are doing. One goes back to the expen from anywhere in the room and one of us immediatley picks him up and puts him in the box in the pen. He has learned how to potty by command. A few times he has gone in one of the other boxes in the room. The other puppy smelled where one of the other dogs went on the paper and he will run to the paper from the other end of the room and use it. We've only had one "accident" when the first puppy put his front feet in one of the boxes in the room and peed on the floor but that was several days ago." Today we opened the expen and the puppy who prefers to go in there will go back inside it to use the box. These puppies went through our system with a litter box in the whelping box as soon as they could toddle and at 9 weeks are virtually house trained. They have both been sleeping all night in their crates in our bedroom for about a week and seem glad to get in there when we go to bed late.
We have already explained all this to their new owners who are getting them tomorrow and next week and that it will be very easy to mess up this training. We'll see. I can always potty train one when I have it by itself. This has been the first time with two at the same time.