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Few Questions before puppy comes home

Hi everyone - we're bringing "Maggie" home next weekend and can't wait. I think we're pretty ready, but I haven't had a puppy in the house in over 15 years A few quick questions to all you experts out there....

1) We are using an ex-pen in the family room and bedroom initially with a litter box. The breeder has the puppies well trained on the litter box already. Our goal is to start her right away on going outside to go potty. I plan on crating her overnight, once I know she can make it through the night. My question: do you think having the expen with litter in the bedroom will set us back on potty training? I only intend to use it until I know she can make it through the night.

2) Collar vs. Harness - it has been recommended to us to get a harness, which I did, but it seems like it would be easier to get her out to potty more quickly if I had a collar on her. I know she'll be small initially, so I was wondering if I should wait until she's bigger to use a collar or if it's okay from the beginning, as long as we size it right and don't "walk" her on it so she pulls. I'm more concerned with efficiency for taking her potty

3) Should they really only walk 10-15 minutes a day when little? I don't want to hurt her little bones. I did (please don't laugh) get a doggie stroller, since we like to go on long family walks, until she can walk as long as we can. I can't tell you how much ribbing our family has been giving us over the stroller..lol

I already have her signed up for a training class with a reputable trainer, once she's been home a week or so and settled. We plan on working on clicker/positive training with her.

Any other tips are welcome. Thank you!

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Hi everyone - we're bringing "Maggie" home next weekend and can't wait. I think we're pretty ready, but I haven't had a puppy in the house in over 15 years A few quick questions to all you experts out there....

1) We are using an ex-pen in the family room and bedroom initially with a litter box. The breeder has the puppies well trained on the litter box already. Our goal is to start her right away on going outside to go potty. I plan on crating her overnight, once I know she can make it through the night. My question: do you think having the expen with litter in the bedroom will set us back on potty training? I only intend to use it until I know she can make it through the night.

2) Collar vs. Harness - it has been recommended to us to get a harness, which I did, but it seems like it would be easier to get her out to potty more quickly if I had a collar on her. I know she'll be small initially, so I was wondering if I should wait until she's bigger to use a collar or if it's okay from the beginning, as long as we size it right and don't "walk" her on it so she pulls. I'm more concerned with efficiency for taking her potty

3) Should they really only walk 10-15 minutes a day when little? I don't want to hurt her little bones. I did (please don't laugh) get a doggie stroller, since we like to go on long family walks, until she can walk as long as we can. I can't tell you how much ribbing our family has been giving us over the stroller..lol

I already have her signed up for a training class with a reputable trainer, once she's been home a week or so and settled. We plan on working on clicker/positive training with her.

Any other tips are welcome. Thank you!

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hi Beth, if you are going to keep her in the bedroom at nights, I would keep her in the expen. with the crate open so she has a choice. It you want to speed up the outdoor training, take her out as often as you can. But like you said if can't do this , give her the oportunity to go in the litter box. As for the collar , it should be fine for housetraining but for walks I'd recommend a harness. Super ,that you're going training. Keep us posted.

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she's beautiful.

collar is fine for potty runs outside, harness is better for walking, but get the ones that clip in the front "eg. sensible harness or easy walk harness". they are less likely to pull with those.

I think strollers are ridiculous! my little puppy was able to go on long walks fairly early. at the beginning she would tire easily, but she was so light i would just pick her up for a block or two so she could rest and then she would resume walking. After about a month she was able to keep up. By 5 months of age she was walking about 3-5km/day and keeping up just fine without a rest.


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she's beautiful.

collar is fine for potty runs outside, harness is better for walking, but get the ones that clip in the front "eg. sensible harness or easy walk harness". they are less likely to pull with those.

I think strollers are ridiculous! my little puppy was able to go on long walks fairly early. at the beginning she would tire easily, but she was so light i would just pick her up for a block or two so she could rest and then she would resume walking. After about a month she was able to keep up. By 5 months of age she was walking about 3-5km/day and keeping up just fine without a rest.
As you know, I m a big fan of front-attach harnessess (though I like the Sense-ible better than the Easy-Walk) but I don't think they make them small enough for tiny puppies. We started Kodi out in a Puppia-type mesh harness, and even that had to be cut down and re-sewen by his breeder to fit him. He graduated to the Sense-ible when he was big enough to fit the smallest size.

We do have a stroller, but use it only to "hide" him, in places dogs might not be welcome, like county fairs and stores. Kodi would MUCH rather walk, and was going on good length walks with us from an early age. Just make sure, when getting a puppy at this time of year to be VERY careful about the temperature of the sidewalk. IT can be VERY hot in the middle of the day. Plan walks for early morning or when the sun is going down.


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Good advice from all. Maggie is a cute puppy! I use a martingale collar to run Leo out though I don't leave a collar on him all the time. It is easy to slip on and off in a hurry. The trainers at our dog club suggested it.


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She is one that I don't believe has ever had an accident. She will go a long ways to find the box. I don't think we've ever had one any better than her, even at an early age. She does love praise after she finishes. She's the one in the video with the wobble board that jumps in the big box towards the other end of the porch to potty, and then come running to enjoy her praise.

They will start sleeping in crates this week. I don't have any reason to believe that she won't sleep through the night. If you have a litter box somewhere near the bedroom, you can carry her to that first thing in the morning, or outside if you can get dressed fast enough to take her out. At this age, they have to go quickly when they first wake up.

My advice is to take Pam's advice.

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the problem with collars is that the neck on these little dogs is so tiny if they pull they can easily damage their neck or windpipe. I use a regular rolled leather collar for obedience training, but use the sensible harness for walks. I would be worried about a martingale being a little too rough on the neck; especially a puppy. Martingale's collars can also pull the fur if it gets caught in the mechanism.


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Thank you for all the feedback everyone. Great advice.
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let me say, I have a stroller, got it when my pup was almost 1... I have young kids and I try to take Tillie with me places when I can... and the stroller let's me DO that. one of the best doggy investments I got. Just be prepared for a lot of 'looks' and snickers... lol
I feel best when my human kids are pushing Tillie... ha ha and I have said more times than I can count, "I KNOW she is NOT a baby" .. ha ha but really it is a great socialization tool and allows our pups to be with us and SAFE. so if anyone says anything just say. Yes. I AM crazy. crazy about my Hav! lol and laugh along with them.

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We use an ex pen on the main level of our house with the crate attached. It has worked out very well. That way Benny can sleep in his crate or hang out in his area when we can't watch him constantly. He doesn't whimper and enjoys being able to see everyone moving about in the house. We just put in new carpeting last year and I want to be sure he is house broken before he gets the run of the house. We also have a big blanket on our living room floor that he can play on with all of us when we can have all eyes on him to make sure he doesn't piddle or get into trouble.

We do use pee pads in the ex pen to avoid an accident, however, we do take him out often to go to the bathroom and he always poops outside and will pee too. We have a fenced in yard so I do not have a collar on him yet.

At night we take the crate upstairs in our bedroom and he goes to bed around 10:30 and wakes at 6:30 (when we get up). We take him right to a pee pad in our bathroom to relieve himself and then he goes outside and usually does his number 2 business. During the first week we did get up 2 x's in the night to let him pee. We just took him into the bathroom, let him pee and then right back to the crate to go back to sleep. Thank goodness that only lasted for a week! We were very tired!

He really loves his crate and is very happy with his set up and routine. We have been doing a lot of socialization with him and he loves to meet new people.

We have only had Benny for 3 weeks and I cannot even believe how well he is doing. He learned his name very quickly and he is trained to come, sit and learning to stay. I feel like he has been a part of our lives forever and we all love him so much.

Benny was the second smallest in his litter and only weighed 1.5 lbs at 8 weeks. He is getting much more solid and can't wait to find out his weight on his next visit to the vet. We will start going for walks this week with him. I am having a hard time finding a harness that will fit him.... lol....

Maggie is adorable!!!! So excited for you!!! It has been 19 years since we have had a puppy and it amazes me at how much joy they bring to your lives.

I look forward to hearing updates and how things are going. Enjoy your new bundle of joy.

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