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Question Advise re housebreaking....

I last posted on this forum a few weeks ago when I was concerned about the tiny size of puppies born to a litter from which my family would be adopting. Well since then I've been able to follow the growth and development of the pups thru frequent updates from the breeder and my worries have been settled As those of you who responded reassured me, the experienced attention from the breeder and the overall health of the puppies has resulted in 3 beautiful female pups, now 7 weeks old and thriving beautifully! Fast forward and in 3.5 weeks I will be bringing one of the little darlings home with me. I've read so much about raising and training Hav pups. Some of the reading has come from suggestions on this site. I have also combed thru the puppy forum to read about the trials and tribulations of housebreaking puppies...so much great information and lessons! So here is my question...
We have decided on indoor potty training. We feel that this will work best for our lifestyle right now. We plan to have the puppy's potty station (litter box or pads) in the x-pen which will be in our family room where there is virtually always somebody doing something. We will also have the crate there along with toys, etc. At night we plan to crate our baby in our bedroom which is upstairs. Should we plan on having a potty station upstairs in case of middle of the night wake-ups, or should we plan to bring the puppy downstairs to her potty station to do her business?? Would love to hear from any of you who have tackled this dilemma!!!
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Congrats!! This will be an exciting time for you bringing home a little one!!Looking forward to pictures!!
Whimsy is indoor pee pad trained. When she was little I crated her next to me in the bedroom at night. She would wake up maybe once during the night and whine. I kept a pee pad up there( in a holder) and would take her out of the crate, put her on the pad, she would go and then I put her right back into her crate.( she would fall asleep again) It made it easy for me as I was half asleep, plus I didn't want to bring her downstairs to pee and risk her thinking it was time to get up and play in the middle of the night. I never talked too much to her during the middle of the night pees either.. other then to tell her she was a good girl when she went....didn't want her to get excited and think it was time to get up and play LOL
It worked out great for us and we settled into a routine quickly. I was fortunate because the breeder used pee pads and she was right at home with them when we first got her.

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I last posted on this forum a few weeks ago when I was concerned about the tiny size of puppies born to a litter from which my family would be adopting. Well since then I've been able to follow the growth and development of the pups thru frequent updates from the breeder and my worries have been settled As those of you who responded reassured me, the experienced attention from the breeder and the overall health of the puppies has resulted in 3 beautiful female pups, now 7 weeks old and thriving beautifully! Fast forward and in 3.5 weeks I will be bringing one of the little darlings home with me. I've read so much about raising and training Hav pups. Some of the reading has come from suggestions on this site. I have also combed thru the puppy forum to read about the trials and tribulations of housebreaking puppies...so much great information and lessons! So here is my question...
We have decided on indoor potty training. We feel that this will work best for our lifestyle right now. We plan to have the puppy's potty station (litter box or pads) in the x-pen which will be in our family room where there is virtually always somebody doing something. We will also have the crate there along with toys, etc. At night we plan to crate our baby in our bedroom which is upstairs. Should we plan on having a potty station upstairs in case of middle of the night wake-ups, or should we plan to bring the puppy downstairs to her potty station to do her business?? Would love to hear from any of you who have tackled this dilemma!!!
I think you could do it either way. Within a couple of weeks of being home, we simply left Kodi's crate open inside the ex-pen so that he could get up and potty by himself if he needed to during the night. Voila! No more waking us up!<g>


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Was Kodi's x-pen in your bedroom?
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Congrats!! This will be an exciting time for you bringing home a little one!!Looking forward to pictures!!
Whimsy is indoor pee pad trained. When she was little I crated her next to me in the bedroom at night. She would wake up maybe once during the night and whine. I kept a pee pad up there( in a holder) and would take her out of the crate, put her on the pad, she would go and then I put her right back into her crate.( she would fall asleep again) It made it easy for me as I was half asleep, plus I didn't want to bring her downstairs to pee and risk her thinking it was time to get up and play in the middle of the night. I never talked too much to her during the middle of the night pees either.. other then to tell her she was a good girl when she went....didn't want her to get excited and think it was time to get up and play LOL
It worked out great for us and we settled into a routine quickly. I was fortunate because the breeder used pee pads and she was right at home with them when we first got her.
I was hoping a pee pad upstairs would work I figure we could keep it in our bathroom, which is connected to our bedroom and have that be her "spot" at night time and in the am until we come downstairs. I know every pup is different but I would just like a reasonable plan that we can start right away and stick to...Ahhhh...I am exited and nervous!
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Was Kodi's x-pen in your bedroom?
No, he has always slept downstairs. But I know we have other forum members who have set up pen/crate arrangements in their bedrooms for night time.


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I last posted on this forum a few weeks ago when I was concerned about the tiny size of puppies born to a litter from which my family would be adopting. Well since then I've been able to follow the growth and development of the pups thru frequent updates from the breeder and my worries have been settled As those of you who responded reassured me, the experienced attention from the breeder and the overall health of the puppies has resulted in 3 beautiful female pups, now 7 weeks old and thriving beautifully! Fast forward and in 3.5 weeks I will be bringing one of the little darlings home with me. I've read so much about raising and training Hav pups. Some of the reading has come from suggestions on this site. I have also combed thru the puppy forum to read about the trials and tribulations of housebreaking puppies...so much great information and lessons! So here is my question...
We have decided on indoor potty training. We feel that this will work best for our lifestyle right now. We plan to have the puppy's potty station (litter box or pads) in the x-pen which will be in our family room where there is virtually always somebody doing something. We will also have the crate there along with toys, etc. At night we plan to crate our baby in our bedroom which is upstairs. Should we plan on having a potty station upstairs in case of middle of the night wake-ups, or should we plan to bring the puppy downstairs to her potty station to do her business?? Would love to hear from any of you who have tackled this dilemma!!!
We have a up stairs potty station only because if we are the one waking the pup up to go in the middle of the night And wake her up we bring her in the bathroom and both do our busness she does too .If the pup wakes us up we Carrie her down and go out side. Sometimes it feels like we get up way to often but I guess if you are older that happens I have not hade enough sleep

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Here's are links to posts/pictures of the expen setups we had for Tori when she was little. We did not move them, they are two completely different pens/areas

Family room setup

Bedroom setup

She still uses the pads in each room but, the expens have been down for years.

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