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Old 11-10-2012, 04:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Will your puppy be 8 weeks old when you get it? In my suggestion I'm going to make that assumption.

With a brand new puppy I would recommend setting up a small area where you can be with the puppy and watch them at all times. Start by taking the pup out right away to do business after a nap, play time and feedings. Outside of that, take your pup out every half hour. Stay outside with the pup until it does its business. When it does business, praise them! Let them know how happy you are. If you cannot be dedicated to watching your pup, I would recommend crating. Most pups will not go where they sleep.

As for sleeping at night, I'd recommend crate training. We kept our pups crate in our room with us for the first few weeks and set out alarm to get up every 3 hours to take him out to do business. Now that our pup is 9 months old and makes it through the night, he isn't crated at night anymore.

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