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City Havs Owners...need your advice on housetraining

Hi,

I live with a havanese in a city apartment. I got him at 10 weeks and immediately pee pad trained him since my breeder said to not take him out until he has all his shots. When he had all his shots at 4 months, I immediately started to take him to pee/poo outside. It is working... he is peeing and pooing outside. However, every few days or so, he will have one accident inside. I want him to pee/poo 100% outside only. I take him out 6 times a day (wake up, after breakfast at 7:30, lunchtime at 12:30, when I get home from work at 5:30, 8:30, and right before bedtime at 9:30. )
He is almost 7 months now. We have been taking him out diligently since he was 4 months old. How much longer do you think it will take? Also, the reason I want to hear from City Havs Owners is because I think living in an apartment is different from a house. For one thing, I don't have a yard that we can just let him out on every 30 minutes. I have to take the elevator downstairs to let him out. It takes 5 minutes to get out of the building. He pretty much knows that he has to go outside, because he goes right away once he gets outside, but he is still having accidents every few days inside. It is getting a little frustrating, so I'm just wondering how much longer it will take.

Thanks in advance.
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He may never be fully reliable...think about it. You trained him to go inside, and now you're taking that away from him 100%. Why not just have a potty somewhere in the house where he knows it's OK to go? That way, on rainy, snowy, or otherwise yucky days, he has somewhere appropriate INSIDE to go!

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I was in a similar situation, I live in an apartment and Piper was originally trained on pads and I did not start training her to go outside until she was 6 months old. She was the same, pretty good with occasional accidents and I thought she would never catch on. I will admit that it took until she was 9 or 10 months old. It just clicked one day and now she is 100% reliable and goes outdoors only. I do still take her out 6 to 7 times per day because I don't want accidents but I'm sure she doesn't need to go out that often.

I do wish I had kept a pad for emergencies though because now she absolutely refuses to use them. She will only go outside-rain, snow, hurricane and she will hold it until I get home if I'm out. I guess that means I'm too good a trainer

I know it's frustrating but be patient, it will happen eventually.

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Sydney goes outside about 85% of the time now. I live in an apartment and pee pad trained her in the beginning too. She actually prefers going outside now that she has figured it out, but I keep a pee pad out on my balcony for her to use first thing in the morning - she usually needs to go before I have a chance to get dressed and take her outside! (Plus, I admit, it is a bonus when it is particularly rainy/snowy!)

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Same with Rosie. She doesn't use the pee pad except in the morning while I am trying to get to the bathroom too. Yet she will still poo on them. It is a rarity for her to go poo outside. And at the office, outside is not an option. To many stray dogs using the grass around our office and I don't want her on it. Picky Mom. Really the pee pads are a wonderful thing. Sure sometimes her butt is hanging off and pee gets on the carpet, but that is what paper towels and vinegar are for.
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Lucile, the way you phrase things tickle me. I'm thinking you must have a great sense of humor.
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7 months is still pretty young to be really consistent with potty training. Riley was over a year old before he was completely reliable in the house. I think you just need to give it more time.

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Lily goes pee only on pee pads (usually on the balcony) because otherwise I would be up and down all day long and so early in the morning or super late at night. She does not do #2 in the house. I like this method because if we are traveling and I need her to, she go on a pee pad. The only problem I have found with the pee pad thing is that other paper or soft surfaces feel like pee pads to her so if I leave a towel on the floor and leave the house she may just use it. But now that I keep the pads outside only on a tray she gets the message much better. I should add that I have wood floors and no rugs so that plays a part too, if she was used to carpet this would prob not be the case.

If you are firm about no pee pads stay strong, but I think they have small bladders, and other people who do outside only can chime in how it works for them but I hate having to hold it so I would feel bad for Lily. I drink a ton of water though, and Lily drinks quite a bit as well.

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But now that I keep the pads outside only on a tray she gets the message much better.
Good point - mine stays in a plastic holder outside which has definitely helped her understand the difference between a pee pad and towel/carpet. We had a few of those accidents! haha

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Lucile, the way you phrase things tickle me. I'm thinking you must have a great sense of humor.
I've thought the same thing, Lucile.

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