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One more week......and some questions

Hi Everyone,
Since I posted first last week I have been enjoying reading all your posts. Our little guy - yet unnamed, is coming home in a week. He is going to be just 8 weeks and 3 days. If we didn't get him then, we'd have to wait until after our 2 week vacation (we're taking him to our summer home with us) and then my daughter will be gone for the next month, so this timing is much better. Please tell me he won't be too young! The breeder thinks he will be all ready to go.

I have one friend who has a Hav (no one else knows what they are, of course!) and she went shopping with us today! We plunked down a huge amount of money for a crate, ex-pen, toys, food, etc..... but it was fun! My friend was full of information.

She, and another friend, insist that you really don't need to do the newspaper training as long as you crate train and are home (I am, mostly)
to take them out regularly. What do you all think? I would prefer them not peeing in the house, but is this wise??

Also, did anyone get a towel with the scent of the mother on it for the crate? Did you bring it to the breeder, or send it first? How did that go?

Thanks for all of your support and helpful advice!

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Def on the sending something with your smell to the breeder....yes on a crate!! best thing! Ollie was 9 weeks - most well behaved and mannered dog I have ever owned and only 11 months...sounds like you will be home...all will be amazing!! Maybe a week or so early but your attention and time may compensate!!!

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How exciting, Carol.

I'd be inclined to agree with your friend, especially since you are going to do crate training.

As for the blanket, talk to your breeder. Sometimes a breeder has plans to do that anyway.
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Pizno...don't have my dog yet...

but I'm also at home and have heard from various people that you can keep dog on a leash hooked to your belt or what have you when you aren't sitting in the room interacting with them.

Anyone have experience with this? Basically, you need to keep an eye on them because if they go and you aren't there to correct it, you miss that opportunity.

Good luck. I think since he'll be with your family all the time [especially on vacation] he'll be fine to come home a little early. Plus he'll be so cute. Post pictures when you can so we can all oooh and awww.

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we were in the same situation, leaving for vacation and we decided to leave the pup at the breeders, got out little guy at 11 weeks. it worked out great but you should do what feels right for you. regarding the leash thing, we just put baby gates up everywhere and never took our eye off him. i also had a yellow pad where i would note when i took him out and if he did his business or not. initially, i took him out every hour on the hour, then every 2 hours, then 3 etc. this helped me keep track of when he went out and if did anything or not. also, remember, pups take a little longer to do their business so when you take him out to pee or poop, sometimes you are going to be out there for 5 minutes, be patient, this helps prevent accidents in the house. the leash thing i tried, didn't like it because i wanted the freedome to move around but i always kept him in my sight.
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At 9 weeks, Smarty got a bag of food, a used toy and a used raw hide from the breeder. Never cried in the crate. I wish I had used the puppy pads at first, at 4 months she is very good about going oustside and letting me know when she needs to go. Puppy pads would be great when traveling, but she just likes to play with them.

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I would think that if you're crate training and you're there to take the dog out, you don't need to do the newspaper thing. We do a combination of crating/taking the dog outside and using a litter box, because there's not always someone there. If someone isn't there for a few hours, we leave the crate in the ex pen with the door open and the litter box available.

We picked our pup up at exactly 9 weeks, and he did fine (it's only been 9days since we picked him up, though). I know there were others getting pups from our breeder who picked their pups up the week before us, and there will be others who wait a couple more weeks, all for various reasons.

Our breeder sent a piece of fleece with the scent of the mother and littermates on it home with our pup. (I had asked her about sending a small blanket down a week or so before we picked him up but she said it wasn't necessary because she'd send the litter-scented fleece). Our puppy slept with the piece of fleece the first night. The second night, he abandoned the fleece in favor of my daughter's t-shirt. Now she puts a "new" dirty t-shirt in the dog's crate each night and moves the "old" dirty t-shirt into the laundry so the puppy always has a freshly scented dirty shirt to sleep with. And he cuddles up with it every night.
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Brady came home at 8 weeks also and he was great, never looked back. He was actually very easy to train which is not always the case with this breed. Brady never liked pooping inside, the breeder told us that when we got him. We were home with him at the beginning and took him outside every hour or two. We rewarded him and praised him for doing his business outside. Soon enough, he got in the habit of scratching the door to tell us he needed to go out. He also began sleeping through the night by 10 weeks or so. We did use a baby gate to keep him in the same room as us. We had brought a tshirt to our breeder a week before bringing him home so he could get used to our scent. She gave us a toy that she had all of her dogs play with before we left so that he could have that in this crate. Good luck!

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You all are so helpful! I feel so much better about bringing him home at 8 weeks. My daughter (15) and I are SOOO excited we can hardly stand it. We went to visit my friend with a Hav today and he is so well trained and smart. Very inspiring. My friend lent us a whole stack of books to read, so we have plenty to keep us busy. If only we could settle on a name!!

A big unknown is my husband - who is not all that excited about this project of ours. But I just get the feeling that he is going to be O.K when he sees how adorable the puppy is. He's already softening a little bit when we show him pictures. Now if he will just let me sleep in a tiny bit and let the dog out to pee in the morning, I will be happy - but I can't push things too much at this point!

I am leaning toward just taking the pup out every hour and not doing the papers. I know of one day we will be gone most of the day- but I think I can put him in the crate and get neighbors to come in, or, get a neighbor to take him to their house. It'll all work out fine!

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