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i want to get the family a puppy for christmas but being so cold in the winter. i was wondering how diffucult it is to potty train. a puppy in the winter? and tips or tricks anyone has to sure. or is it better to wait until spring. thanks and have a merry christmas

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I would appreciate any comments as well. I will be picking up my pup the first part of Feb.

I am actually glad to be getting my pup at this time of the year because he will be 9-10 months old when next fall rolls around. A little worried about having a young pup in the house so much with the cold weather.

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Bobbersgone... I would recommend waiting a little bit b-4 bringing a dog home this time of the year... If you want to give it as a present, mabe a stuffed animal that looks like the dog or a picure of the breed you're looking at. Christmas puppies sometimes have anxiety problems due to being brought home during the most hectic 10 days of the year... people running here and there, loud kids running around the house, multiple people handling the "new pup" right after he's brought into it's new surroundings etc., on top of that, the stress of potty training and raising the dog when you are stressed during the holidays is more than you'll want to deal with. I'd say pick it up the 1st of Febuary at the earliest...

Good Luck!

Ken

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It will be a little more difficult to potty train in the winter. However, if you suffer through this in the winter you'll have an older pup that will be able to do some meaningful hunting in the fall because it will be almost a year old instead of 7-8 months old. It's a choice you have to make. Easier potty training in the warmer months or be able to hunt with the pup in the fall. If it were me I'd suffer through the potty training to be able to hunt in the fall with an older pup.

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I've trained 8 puppys in the winter, (all at the same time.)When ever the pup gets up from a nap take it out side, 1/2 hour to 45 mins after eating take it out. You just need to watch him that's all. The only problem I had was getting my shoes on fast enough. Good luck.

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bobbersgone,

I got a black lab pup a little over a year ago and the house training went pretty well. I agree with Scumfrog on taking them out every so often, after they eat, etc.. also watch for them to start sniffing around - that's usually a good sign that they have to go. You definitely need to be fast with your shoes. smile.gif

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