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Getting my first puppy next week, 8 week old golden retriever.

I’m going to take it to a toilet spot outside to relieve itself.

Many websites/books say take it on the lead. But I’ve also read I shouldn’t put a collar on until 10 weeks.

So therefore I just want to check that until I do put a collar and lead on I guess I just carry her to the spot every time?

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Where outside are you going to?

If its your own back yard make sure its clean and then dont worry too much ..
If its a high traffic area such as a local park I wouldnt risk taking the dog there at all until after all the puppy jabs are done.

Personally I dont use collars on my dogs, they all wear harnesses I dont like seeing people tug their dogs by the neck/throat its too easily damaged.
 

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Do not carry. Use a harness and lead the dog to the area.

Use the harness as a first step to train proper leash walking. Eventually, when the dog is older and stronger you can begin using a collar.

Be sure the dog has its first round of immunizations. Parvo can live in the soil for a long, long time. Parvo is very devastating to young dogs. Survival rate of pups with Parvo is very low.
 

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It depends on how fast you need to get her out, IMO. If it's in a hurry, you can carry her. If its more of a routine "time to take the puppy out" trip, then letting her walk is fine.

And you won't break her by letting her get used to a collar and leash at 8 weeks. Most puppies from a breeder will have worn a collar of some type for litter identification since they were born, anyway.

This is a handy little free download. https://www.fenzidogsportsacademy.com/images/fdsa/Growing-Up-FDSA-eBook.pdf
 

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Thanks. It’s just 20 feet away putting a harness on seems a bit long winded to go round the corner to her toilet. Maybe she’ll follow if she knows I have a treat.

shes not had a collar the breeder uses colours on the fur.
 

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The first couple of weeks, I'd carry mine first thing in the a.m. and if I'd been gone a while and they'd been crated. My theory was they probably really wanted/needed to go, and I didn't want to risk an accident before getting out of the house. So scoop up and carry out. Regular potty trips during the day, we walked out together.
 

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With our pup we just made sure the garden was cleaned before he arrived. and then we introduced him to a soft mesh puppy harness . He was allowed to run about in the garden but as soon as he crouched to pee we said 'do business' Good boy...and we did this each time he went so now he will actually go on command if we need him to. You can carry him but enticing him and rewarding for using the area youve decied on is a good long term idea.
Please dont be frustrated if it taes a while or if he decides he likes a different spot better!
 

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Lead her out with collar or harness. If she can't make it to the spot in time, you'll have to carry her until she can hold it long enough.

Be sure to take her out after having food, water, and after play (as well as your usual schedule).
 
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