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Too cold outside? - Housetraining puppies

February 24th, 2004, 08:51 AM

I just got a 2 month old Shetland Sheepdog puppy.

I live in montreal, it is still very cold right now, about -5 degrees celcius.

Is this too cold to take out a puppy his age?

Lucky Rescue
February 24th, 2004, 09:26 AM
What do you mean by "take out"? If you mean take for walks, yes - it's way too cold for that. (I live near Montreal too)

The puppy should just be taken out long enough to poop/pee and brought right back in the house again.

Puppies should not really be taken many places until they have finished having all their shots anyway - risk of disease is too great. Parvo, for example, can live a long time outside and even survive very cold temps.

But cheer up - spring is coming....someday..:D

February 24th, 2004, 09:31 AM
thanks for the answer.

take out for poop/pee is what i meant...

i was just wondering since he was so young if i should let him do his stuff on paper since it is so cold.

but i will take him out for a few minutes.


Lucky Rescue
February 24th, 2004, 10:03 AM
Well, if he seems very uncomfortable being outside for a few minutes, then yes, by all means put down papers for him.

You don't want him to be too stressed out over housetraining. It's just that starting puppies out on papers makes housebreaking a little more difficult later on, because then he thinks (naturally) that going in the house is just fine.

But it's freezing today, so I think the papers might be the only solution.

February 24th, 2004, 10:19 AM
I agree.

With it being cold and him being young,then yes you can have him do his "duty" on the paper.

I paper trained my guys.And my previous ones.

What I did was block off the kitchen.Put some papers in the corner.They picked up pretty quick.And they only went on the paper.I still took them outside.

Then what I did was only put a few papers down once they were able to "hold" it longer and they were going out more and longer weather permitting.Then I didn't have any papers down.

The mistake people make when paper training is they put paper all over the house.That will give them the ok to do it in the house whenever they want.

My friend did this when she got her 2 Bichons in the winter last year.She just got another pup(we won't get into that) and has been paper training this one.

February 25th, 2004, 08:44 PM
I've just skimmed the answers.

Your pup can go out to urinate and deficate but only in areas where there are no other dogs around. Vaccination issues, dog not being complete on all shots/booster so I'd say no other dog interaction.

Also, they go 'a lot' so papers can be the way to go for the most part unless you can go out every 1/2 hour or so with the pup.