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Early puppy potty training

I'm going to be a new havanese owner on about 3 weeks. I picked her out last night. The breeder where I bought her said that I couldn't take her to go potty outside until all her shots were completed. Is that accurate? So for 2 months I have to wee-wee pad train her even if I want to her to be trained primarily for outside. Will that confuse her? Will it be more difficult to train when she is 4 months? Any thoughts, please.

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It won't confuse her... Most of them transition very easily ro going outdoors, and get to prefer it, once it is introduced. OTOH, there are some big down-sides to keeping our puppy so closely confined for that long. The window of opportunity for good socialization is closing by 16 weeks. You should be doing everything you can to socialize your puppy during that period, which means introduxpcing them to as many people and as many dogs in as many settings as is possible and safe. "Safe" means dogs that you know habe been properly innoculated and are not sick. Safe places are your back yard, or a friend's back yard, where they have access only to other safe dogs. Avoid streets, sidewalks and dog parks where a lot of other dogs have been. Take her toplaces like Home Depot or Lowes, but keep her in the carriage or in your arms until her shots are finished avoid places like Petsmart until her shots are done, because, again, it is frequented by lots of dogs, and you don't know their health status.

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welcome and ditto. Your breeder is paranoid. This misinformation leads to dogs that are not socializied. Check this out ,then forward it to your breeder. http://avsabonline.org/uploads/posit...ialization.pdf

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Thank you so much for your responses. Great article and it clarifies everything for me.

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I brought Ted all over my backyard on a leash (not fenced) I was told not to put him down on the ground where unknown animals were by my breeder but I mean really...squirrels, frogs, ducks and goodness knows what else is on my lawn. I kept him away from the water where the ducks are but otherwise I just kept a close watch on what was on the lawn. Ted always has gone outside and has used his pee pads twice! He has now completed all of his shots and his first round of obedience and is a healthy boy!

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I've been taking Pablo out to potty since I got him at 8 weeks, my breeder said that it's ok. Just be careful that your pup doesn't go sniffing around other animals' feces, otherwise I think the risk of them getting ill is pretty low.
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I have always brought Zoey outside to pee since we got her at 8 weeks old, and now she LOVES outside, can't get enough, and the potty training is going very well with her, she's only 17 weeks and I can't remember the last time she had an accident, if you have a fenced in yard then I really would say get her use to going outside if that's where you want her to go, and if no fence then use a leash just incase any unwanted dogs wonder into the yard so she doesn't get sick! Good luck with the training
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Breeders seem paranoid- ours said the same thing when we picked him up at 14 weeks. We did a bit of both inside and pee pads- but he refuses to use the pee pads now (4 months old) but he still has an accident once every couple of days

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