Hi I joined the forum back when I had the love of my life Sweetie my poodle bichon mix. Sweetie passed away in June and I just adopted two adult Bichons that were Champion show dogs. I know it's obviously a poodle forum but the people on this forum seem to know their stuff much better than anyone on Bichon forums so I'm hoping someone can help me. The two dogs are female ages 6 and 8. They were both Champion show dogs then after winning the shows they were used as breeder dogs. Apparently the lady is a very well-known reputable Bichon breeder. I don't know if this is normal but these dogs have always lived in a kennel and they don't know how to be dogs. They don't know to pee outside or poop outside. I try to walk them and they don't know how to walk on a leash. One of them wants nothing to do with it the other one only wants to trot if I'm holding the leash up walking a step in front of her like she's in a show. They don't even know to use puppy pads. I'm wondering if someone can give me some pointers of where to even start. I'll admit it's kind of funny watching one of them trot but she just kind of looks at me all confused like what the hell are we doing out here.