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Potty training ups and downs

When deceiding whether or not to get a new puppy play mate for out one year old Havanese Rigby I stumbled upon this forum. When you mention to most people they have never heard of the Havanees bread so I am thrilled to find a place to get some feed back from other Havanese lovers.

We just got a new Havanese named Maxwell Edison. He is sable tri-color, 10 weeks old and Rigby loves him. But, when it comes to potty training he is a bit different than Rigby was. He has been home about a week and he seemed to be getting it. We had a few mistakes the first day but, then he seemed to follow Rigbys lead. Now he is going outside to go to the bathroom only to come insided and go again. What should I do, how could I teach him differently? I know he won't get it instantly but, I have never had a puppy do this.
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Hi and to the forum!!!

You may be dealing with scent marking, dogs tend to put their scents for others, or over others...although, mostly it happens on walks outdoors..I think some still do mark indoors, I've heard its more of a problem in you have cats in the house, wouldn't know..I don't have a cat and only one dog, but when I have had other dogs over here at my house, they have marked, even a girl hav.

IDK..Its just an idea, but if its only happened once, it might just be still learning where to go...was he trained on pads at his breeders? I think that is also a bit tough to train for both, I did...and it was probably harder than just doing one or the other.

Glad you found us!! Ask away and the search feature above can locate lots of threads on the topic, we probably have 1000 or so on housebreaking

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Sophie is 10 weeks also, and doing the same thing. She goes every time I take her out, and 10 minutes later will go in the house, usually on a pee pad, but sometimes not, yet she goes 9 hours at night without going. I think they are still learning, and this is the hard part. I'm not really worried about it. I know she will catch on.
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It takes months for potty training. I can safely say that Jack is very reliable in the house without potty accidents and he is 11 months old.

I have found when the pups were younger they wanted to explore and smell the outdoors more than doing their business. So, they may need to stay outside longer to do their business. Time and patience is needed.

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Congratulations on your new baby and welcome to the forum!!
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Sorry, I don't have any advice. Stella was a breeze to potty train but I also tethered to me for 24/7 for three weeks when she first came home.

Welcome, you'll find a wealth of information here about the havanese.

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I've had Eli for 2 months today! He's almost 5 months old. Potty training definitely has its ups and downs. He can go 10 hours at night without a problem. He also can go a few days without accidents then "bam" - he leaves me a present somewhere. Just today I put him outside to potty and he did #1. He begged and begged to come inside. Since it's cold outside, against my better judgement, I let him back in after awhile. Sure enough, even though I watched him closely, he managed to do a "swoop and poop" in the living room. Thank goodness I have wood floors.

Unfortunately, I don't have any answers for you. My friends tell me to have lots of patience. Havs are hard to potty train and it may take several more months until he's reliable.
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My Jack is 15 weeks. sigh... I think he is starting to understand but we have to watch him for the signals. Jack had peed in the house yesterday. What was new was that afterwards, he sat next to the puddle and looked very sad and guilty.

I must have missed his signal because I was busy making dinner. Now I am very sad and guilty.


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Welcome Twatson and Maxwell!! Ah, trying to remember back that far, but I THINK that is about the age Augie did that and I had my mini meltdown (what was I thinking to get a puppy, I don't know how to do this, blah, blah, blah). He came to us trained fairly well to newspapers, when he was locked in the kitchen. So, after he would go on his paper, we would let him out in the family room with us, and, in those early days, sometimes he would then go again fairly soon on the carpeting. I would immediately scoop him up and haul him in to his paper, say go potty, and put the gate back up. He got the idea pretty quickly that to get out on the carpet, he had to go potty on the paper. We then transitioned to the UgoDog system. We didn't try to do the outside thing for several months, mainly because our yard is NOT fenced and other animals go through there and he had not had all his shots. Then it just became so easy to let him run to his UgoDog when he had to go. After those first couple of weeks, I was amazed at how easily it went. He did have one incident when I though he had been trained for a couple of months where he sat on the rug in front of the sliding glass door and let loose with a BIG one, soaking through the rug and into the carpeting. But that was the last time, and was probably when he was around 6 months or so. He just turned two last week.

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I hate to say it, but I was dealing with a bout of regression from her when she was 1.5, and I can't say she was fully housetrained outdoors and pee pad until she was 3 (if you believe that they don't pee out of spite)

Because if I go out of town without her, or leave her home for too long (even with someone else).....she seems to piss on the floor...and I'd bet my last dollar it is to let me know she isn't happy about my departure, or depressed..lol

BUT...after the first few months, the 'accidents' or regressing was fewer and farther in between..she could go a few months and then.....wizz.......somewhere.

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