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Old 07-26-2008, 10:00 AM
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in less than a month, I will be picking up my puppy from his breeder. However, being on here made me realize that maybe i have high expectations. When I pick my puppy up, he will be approximately 3 and 1/2 months old. I expect him to be potty trained because my last puppy (at 9 weeks old) was pretty much potty trained. Sure, she had the occasional accident, but at 9-10 weeks, she pretty much knew to use the pads and at 12 weeks knew to ask to go outside. At what age should I expect him to know to use his pads? His breeder told me weeks ago that she started potty training him but by pick up time, would it be reasonable to expect him to at least know to use his pads?

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I would expect a puppy that isn't trained at all, because usually with the stress of moving homes and being placed in a completely strange situation, that's what you're going to get. I would expect to train the puppy as if he didn't know anything at all.
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I agree with the above. Being house trained with one doesnt mean at your house as well. Also each individual puppy is different, some a little more stubborn than others. If you have smells in your house then your pup may try to mark this territory whether it be a female or a male pup. I am sure if he was already trained at the other house (if this is true) then it shouldnt take him long to be so in your home I however have had breeders tell me that the pup was already housetrained and they were not and it took a bit of work. The older they are without the training the longer it can take...this especially true with rescues coming from different situations and environments.
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Lol, thanks Krista and Michelle you had very good points. i had no idea that moving a puppy into a new home will affect his potty training skills...

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I would expect a puppy that isn't trained at all, because usually with the stress of moving homes and being placed in a completely strange situation, that's what you're going to get. I would expect to train the puppy as if he didn't know anything at all.
I could not have said that better. *Shaking head*, in total
agreement. Expectations of any kind are best left at
the door when picking up your pup. Then when your relaxed
about these things the puppy knows (senses) this and is
able to be relaxed also.
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I agree with all the above. That being said, I never consider a puppy fully potty trained until their a year old.
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hi guys, great forum! thank goodness for that! my baby still has little accidents and she is coming up to 6mnths, I was always under the impession that it wasnt until a year that they had grown up so i was able to expect accidents here and there, Some one once told me after a chi gets to 6 months you cannot train them, im pretty sure thats rubbish though...!! xoxox
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