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First time dog family brining home a 12wk old Frenchie girl. Our house is small. Entering, there are 6 steps up to the main floor to a small dinette and galley style kitchen, or 6 down to the basement level. One end of the dinette leads to dining room and living rm, which will be gated until potty trained. On the opposite end is the door to a hall leading to master bedroom, bath and office. The basement has a small galley prep kitchen, (which will be gated since I’m still puppy proofing it), a family rm with a futon couch. There’s a space set up for the exercise pen next to the futon. Facing, are my two older kids bed rooms. She’s still too tiny and will need to be carried up and down stairs. How does training, especially “potty” training, work with a bilevel house?
 

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You can start teaching her about stairs now. Going up is easier than going down, so start with up first. Encourage her to go up one stair, and reward her. Once she is confident doing one, try two. Continue until she is confident going up all six stairs.Once she is happily going up the stairs without struggling or getting scared, start with going down. Put her on the bottom step, and encourage her to step off it. Once she is confident doing that, put her on the second step, and have her come down two stairs. Repeat until she can safely go down all the stairs. Using a harness and leash can help steady her, if she needs extra help. It's very important that you block access to the stairs until she is confident on them.

As far as potty training, instead of leading her outside, pick her up and carry her when time is of the essence.
 
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