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Housebreaking a 3.5 month old puppy

Hi everyone. First let me say thanks to everybody that contributes to this forum. The wealth of knowledge I found here has been really informative and helpful. In search of some more knowledge I humbly come to you today, with clear eyes and a full heart, with a question regarding my Prairiwind puppy, Chester.

Chester will be about 3.5 months when he arrives to us in four days. Since he was sort of an impulse buy, we elected to have him delivered at 3.5 months instead of the normal 8 weeks because we knew we had time off around this time of year to be with him in his new home. As an added benefit, we were hoping that he'd have better bladder control as an older puppy since my wife and I read somewhere that it's about +1 hour for every month he is in age, thus saving us some sleepless nights (sorta). And this is my question...

Since he hasn't been housebroken before by the breeder, does this rule of thumb apply in Chester's case? Or does it apply to puppies who've been training since 8 weeks? Should I still expect to wake up every hour on the hour at night to let him out of his crate to pee?

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It won't be that awful. Jack only got us up in the middle of the first night. I think that was only because he was scared. You will probably only have to do a late night walk (11ish) and a 6am walk. We got Jack when he was 10 weeks.

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Same here. We got Sophie at ten weeks, and she only got up the first night.Daytime is another story. Every hour was not enough for her.
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It varies with the individual, but I can say after training a couple of hundred puppies to sleep in a crate, that the vast majority can sleep through the night at 8 weeks. One might get restless the first night or two and have to get up once, but that's about it.

Be sure to follow your breeder's advice to the tee, and at the first instance of any issue or question, call them. We wouldn't want it any other way. Once is an accident, twice becomes a habit.
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You should not have to get up during the night at that age, but he may be very frightened at first. He's had a long time to be with the other dogs and the group he's known since his birth so give him and yourselves a little time to adjust.

I would recommend you keep him close to you at night, where he can see you so he doesn't get upset at first being in a strange place and suddenly finding himself alone. As for the actual potty training, I'll leave that to the experts to explain to you, but try to be consistent. You'll get to know his routine and his signals.

I want pictures. Your Chester and mine may be related. Who were his sire and dam? And, before I forget, congratulations on your new addition. I hope you're as happy with him as I've been with my three.

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Thanks for the replies!

Commit a forum faux pas and not post pics of a new puppy? I wouldn't dare do such a thing to you all. It's the least I can do.

Chester's sire is Caffe Con Leche and the dam is A Diamon Is Forever.

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COngratulations on your new baby!!!! Such an exciting time for you!!
We got Tillie at 14 weeks... that's 3 1/2 months, right? LOL
She did great, only had to go out to go potty once, the first night, never had to go out at night since. She is now 6 months old and fully potty trained for 2 months now!
The best advice I got was to treat them like "new puppies" and either keep them in the x-pen or keep an EAGLE eye on them, as SOON as he starts sniffing around get him to the potty spot weather it be inside or outside. Try your hardest not to let him out of your sight and learn his "potty signs"!
I also agree with placing his bed and/or crate where he can see you at night, it REALLY helps them feel safe and settled much faster...
Can't wait for pics!!!
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Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you're getting good advice so I won't add anything there. Looking forward to pix!

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Thanks for the replies!

Commit a forum faux pas and not post pics of a new puppy? I wouldn't dare do such a thing to you all. It's the least I can do.

Chester's sire is Caffe Con Leche and the dam is A Diamon Is Forever.

Where's the photos??? According to your post, you should have him now!

I have been searching the forum about Prairiwind tonight because I am now hoping to go to them when we decide we're ready for a 2nd puppy. And again when my daughter is ready for a puppy! She is in a dorm at So Dakota State right now so that is still a long time away though.

A couple of weeks ago, I met the parents of one of the students on her floor -- and their Havanese from Prairiwind. I was so impressed with the dog and his personality!
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All three of mine have great temperaments and personality. I wouldn't trade any one of them.

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