Join Date: Jul 2016
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Potty Training Question
Hello everyone. I have many months to go before getting a Hav puppy and I'm using this time to plan and purchase supplies. This will be my first Havanese, but second dog (who passed away 2 years ago) It’s been 15 years since a puppy. I do have the Focused puppy book – which helps a lot!
My question - we want to train our dog to potty outside. So if I use an ex-pen for “independence” training when I am there (so I can do house chores or whatnot) – I should NOT put potty pads within the ex-pen – is that correct? Because if I use potty pads, that will just confuse the puppy. So, would the use of ex-pen still be a good idea? (I will still need to be very diligent in taking puppy outside)
I only want to use the ex-pen if the dog pottied outside and I can watch him. I plan on crate training (from day 1) for when we leave the house. Some background - I work at home full time and my husband works at home 3 days a week. I will be the primary caretaker. I realize we'll need to take puppy out after meals, snacks, drinking water, playing inside, etc. Plus, every 30 minutes to ensure no accidents. We plan on crate training from day 1 as well (and I'll have to make a real effort to ensure to leave the house to really accomplish this training so puppy feels comfortable alone). I have not used an ex-pen before – I gave too much freedom to my first dog and it took a year to potty train him! This time around, I hope to fine tune this part as much as I can. Your feedback will be appreciated.