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Hi All,

I am on a list to get a Dobe puppy from Wolfpak Dobermans on Oahu next summer (2020). I am trying to figure out a schedule for my pup, but wanted to know if any one remembers or has a schedule for their pup. (Ex. wake up, potty, train, etc.) He/she will be about 8 weeks when I get her/him. Just wanting to see what worked for other people and their pups and see what my options are. Just for background, I have a 1 1/2 year old old fixed female pug, high energy (she will be 2 this summer, 3 when we get the Dobe). My current pup is very well behaved, but still has a touch of puppy-ness energy in her (she's 90% there) and gets along very well with other dogs (she is submissive) and quite rough and tumble.

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I'm crate training and keeping a diary of Helo's schedule. Basically, after waking up, eating and play time take your pup out to potty. If you work, plan on coming home for lunch or have a friend, neighbor or pet sitter come in. At 8 weeks, your pup will only be able to hold it for 2-3 hours. I took the first week off work which really helped.

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Puppies are all different. You will figure it out quickly. The basic difference between where I start with a new pup and what eegreen said, is that my first AM interaction with a puppy would be to make an immediate "potty' break upon waking..

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It really just depends. The schedule will be different for an 8 week old puppy and a 12 or 16 week old puppy. The rule of thumb, take them out as often as possible to avoid accidents in the house, and wait and then reward with treats and praise when they eliminate. My puppy was potty trained by 10-12 weeks but only because I was hyper vigilant about going out every hour or two + right after meals, and getting up at night ever 2-3 hours for the first few weeks. You can never go out enough!

Your breeder will be your go to resource for raising your puppy and for things like ear taping, introducing nail trimming, etc.
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Puppies are all different. You will figure it out quickly. The basic difference between where I start with a new pup and what eegreen said, is that my first AM interaction with a puppy would be to make an immediate "potty' break upon waking..

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Thanks John, I did neglect to mention that. As soon as we wake in the morning I pick him up out of the crate and head for outside. The neighbors are getting used to seeing me in my bathrobe, lol.
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"My puppy was potty trained by 10-12 weeks but only because I was hyper vigilant"

Yeah.. some pups are just way easier in certain respects.

I picked up McCoy the day before Thanksgiving 2014 in Southern Or. I could tell that Michelle had been working with them. He was 10 weeks at the time.

He slept through his first night open crated without a peep (or pee LOL).

I started training him immediately. I can count on one hand the number of times that he went in the house. And, that was pretty much "operator error" I am sure that my "vigilance" had something to do with him being potty trained at an early age, but I suspect that it was basically him. It did help that I was almost always home or he was with me.

He had complete free rein of the house by about 4 1/2 months. Never destructive. I did the ever expanding "secure space" routine. It doesn't work with all dogs, but McCoy did really well.

I just got lucky this time around!

We just need to be adaptable....

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Completing derailing the topic for a minute .... Mari, my name is Mary and my maiden name is LeFave. I know there a ton of different spellings of the name. When I got onto Ancestry, I found that it had several variations over the generations in my pedigree (lol).

Anyway, just thought I'd also say that one of my puppy owners also has a Doberman from Wolfpak. He came to the mainland, though, and lives in Idaho.

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Thank you all for the information. I know every puppy is different, as my pug was a terror as a puppy, but with work is now well behaved *whew*. I am hoping I get lucky with this one. Of course I will as the breeder what her routine is and work from there.

Mary-Wow, what a coincidence! I am very excited for my pup!
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