Hi Susan ... not a silly question .. just a soon to be very caring owner
If is was me I would go with the flow, depending how cold it gets and how snowy, still try to take him outside as it would be good to get the routine of toilet training started early on, but for a short amount of time.
Socialising is great and very important, but you could have some puppy and dog owners around for a type of puppy play date, carrying your puppy is also a way I socialise my puppies.
I have recently posted an article on puppy rules and training which may help a little
We are dealing with this as we brought home our 8 week old puppy last week and it's pretty cold here right now. I was concerned about it too, but i do take her out every hour and have found it isn't much of a concern for her! One day it was really cold and windy and she didn't enjoy that, but I did bring her out still and just brought her in as soon as she went potty. Olive loves being outside and she hasn't minded the snow, cold or mud! Our weather is crazy right now. Some days it's cold and snowing and the next it feels like spring! I did buy olive a little fleece sweater and she doesn't mind wearing that. A lot of pet stores have their doggy coats on sale right now since it's the end of the season. I was able to get 2 differnet sizes for the price of one. I'm not sure how much they help, but it makes me feel better!
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I think for toilet training you'll be fine. For socialising, you'll be carrying him around anyway so just wrap him up in a warm blanket and cuddle him close! He'll soon let you know if he's too cold as you'll feel him shivering.
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Bonnie is out in the freezing temperatures a lot and doesn't seem to feel the cold at all. What she can't bear is to be near the fire. When I turn my lovely warm gas fire on both my dogs leave the room in disgust!
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I am a brand new dog owner, so I don't know much, but I will share our experience
I live in Canada, so we get some pretty cold weather! I too was worried about taking my baby pup outside in the cold, but she was fine. We brought her home at 8 weeks of age in the middle of December. In fact, she loves it outside in pretty much any weather! Even when she first came home she loved to play around in the snow outside. The only weather that she didn't (and still doesn't really care for) is really windy cold days. I still take her outside for going to the bathroom, but I made sure that her ears didn't flip up and we didn't spend a lot of time outside - more inside exercise on those days! She doesn't do it so much anymore, but when she was a bit younger, she would shiver a bit when it was really cold, or when she got too deep in the snow lol But we would come inside and snuggle up together to get warm!
Good luck with your new little one!
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sip your pup up in your jacket. when out and about.
get a nice wee coat this was Echo coming out on her first walk with me and the girls but not walking just being carried
i even remember one night being out walking when Delta was just a baby and id gon further than i had gone before and she was crying a ;litll and chittering, so i just scooped her up and popped her under my hoody with her head popping out the top so she could see whats going on. she soon warmed up and got a wee rest on the way home.
My Cockapoos walk all over me.
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Good luck with bringing your new puppy home. We bought our 10 week old girl, Bo, home last Saturday. We've got paper down in the kitchen by the door into the garden but are also taking her outside when we can to go to the toilet. She prefers going inside though (who wouldn't)? We have got her a fleecy jumper (called hotter dog I think) and I've carried her inside my coat. I think we can take her out on the lead tomorrow.
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