The guidelines of the American Maltese Association state that Maltese puppies should not be sold before they are 12 weeks of age. By that time a puppy that leaves for his new home they should have had several vaccinations as well as had a veterinary check-up to insure he is in good health.
The first weeks your Maltese is with you will be busy and demanding. There may be times when you wonder if getting a puppy was such a good idea. The extra effort you put into it now will pay off in the future.
Many Maltese owners live in apartments and have found that they prefer to train their puppies to the disposable pads such as those used in hospitals, which have a plastic backing. Puppy’s train well to these pads and many use these for their entire life.
Never punish your Maltese puppy for mistakes. Once you’re fairly confident that the puppy understands where to relieve himself, scold him for mistakes, but don’t spank, scream, or push his nose in the mess. If the odor is left untended, the dog will find it again, even if people cannot detect any smell. Failures in house training are human mistakes, not puppy errors. The puppy does not understand that carpets are for walking, not bowel relief.
If a puppy reaches four or five months of age and is still having regular accidents in the house, make sure he does not have a bladder infection, intestinal parasites, or other medical reason for his failure to signal that he needs to go outside. Then redouble the efforts to teach him what you want him to know.