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Contrary to some beliefs, potty training a puppy should start with the breeder very early in life.
This means there are a designated potty area, a place to eat and play, and a place to sleep. The pups decide to take a nap and many of them, on their own, gather into the sleeping area. Use a whelping box with a lip for the first 2½ weeks, so ONLY the dam can get out, but the pups are contained.
When they are 3 to 4 weeks, they will come out of their bed and pee right away, sometimes they only get their front feet out. Ideally at 6 to 7 weeks old, you will have an 8 x 10' area for small breeds or a larger area for large breeds with a bed in one corner, and food and potty at opposite sides of the pen. After about 8, 9, 10 weeks of age, or when the puppy arrives at it's new home, the dog should be taught to go potty outside. After you bring home your new puppy the first thing you need to teach the pup is to walk to the door. Do not use treats when potty training as it takes the dog's focus off of the business at hand and puts it on the food.
At six weeks, the puppies do very well eliminating where they are supposed to MOST of the time. It teaches the dog that there is a designated spot to potty making it easier for the new owner to potty train their new puppy. It is very important at 3 to 3.5 weeks old, when the pups become mobile and start to potty on their own, to set their room up PROPERLY.


If they are soft or mushy (pudding-like) ask the vet for enough wormer to worm all the puppies and mom.
I put up a barricade by taking two pieces of thick plywood and making a CORNER to put in front of the potty entrance. The potty area should be the farthest away, as when you enter the room, they all jump at you, and want up, and you do not want them jumping in their poop. As a result, the owners of these pups will have an easier time housetraining their new puppy.
For large breeds I use the shavings, because if a puppy gets feces on his feet, and tracks that smell into the bed or play area, another puppy will smell it, and eliminate there. You want the potty area to smell like a potty, yuck for a few days, and you want bedding area to smell clean. Newspaper does work, but the ink can transfer onto the dogs and for white pups this is not good. Otherwise, they will run through it, and it becomes a real mess as they track it everywhere. A WEEK of constant supervision and you have them trained, and if you do not, you have weeks of overload work ahead of you.
Just a guess of what is happening is this: pups eliminate on a pee pad and step in it, and then track the smell to play area and bed.
I find, with the un-inked paper, you can cover the paper with another piece of paper, and cover the poop and pee, leaving the scent of pee, without them tracking it back to their bed. An all-around mild mannered, wonderful Mastiff, Sassy, however, is not the best mother toward her puppies.


When this is done right, by the time the buyer purchases the pup, he will already be ready to not pee in his crate or bed, as they do not pee or poop where they eat or where they sleep.
Puppies raised using this method are easier to housebreak and have fewer accidents in the house, as you are distilling the concept of housebreaking to them at a very young age.
She is not rejecting them; she will nurse them when a human places them on her to feed, however she will not clean the pups or pay any attention to them.
So believe it or not, what goes on from the time of birth to the time you buy the pup plays a big role on the young life and what a buyer will be faced with. Puppies who are raised in cages where the areas are not separated do not understand this concept. I just find that leaving the bed smelling fresh and the potty area clean but smelling of pee helps for the first four days, just till they get it; they do not pee in their bed, and if they step on the pee pad and it is saturated, and their feet get covered in pee, they track it too their bed.
This in return not only helps the breeder keep the whelping area clean, it makes the puppy easier to housebreak once they go to their new homes. In return, the pups will be super socialized and will make remarkable pets, however the work involved is astounding.




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