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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-29-2018, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Help with potty training

Hi you guys, Iím in desperate need of advice. We adopted our rescue Havanese in December. He is now 7 months old. No idea of his background for the first 4 months but months 4-6 he lived in a prisoner as his handler. He was supposed to come home potty trained and knowing basic commands. We quickly realized that he was not potty training and have been working on it ever since.
He literally wants to go outside every 15-30 minutes. Weíve taken him to the vet and the vet says it is a behavioral problem, no UTI or health concerns. He scratches the door to go outside, i put him on a leash and we go to the same area in my yard (he tries to eat mulch non stop if I allow him outside off leash.) i praise him and give him a treat as soon as he goes pee. We come back inside and within 15-30mins he is scratching at the door again. If i donít take him out, he will pee in the house. Even with him at my side on a leash in the house, the second i glance away he will pee. And he gives ZERO indication that he is about to pee.
He is fully crate trained and can go 10-11 hours in his crate at night without an accident. I also have an exercise pen that i put him in for short instances when i cannot watch him but donít want to crate him. So far he has not had an accident in his pen, and seems to not want to pee in there. Iím just at a loss here. I do not have time to take him out so frequently, but i feel bad locking him in his crate for hours a day. I also donít want to put him in the exercise pen too long because I figure once he realizes he can pee in the pen, he will keep doing it.
I think he wants to go outside so frequently to try to eat mulch or rabbit poop. It is scattered even in the grass from the lawn mower and weed eater I guess. When we go outside after 15 mins it takes him FOREVER to pee because i donít think he needs to. But the one time i ignore his scratch and donít take him out, he goes in the house.
What am i missing? Is it reasonable to keep him crated most of the day and just let him out every few hours for bathroom and play and then back to the crate? Would that even be training him not to go in the house? If youíve made it this far, thank you and i hope someone can offer some suggestion!
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I'm surprised no one has replied. I don't have experience with puppy potty training but with my older adoptee I used belly bands in the house until he was reliable. Maybe you could try those for awhile and take him out on a schedule? Have you made any progress since posting?
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Hi Hannah. Love your name. That is what we named our first Havanese 17 years ago.
Regarding the behavior. I would still wonder if there was something amiss with the bladder or kidneys. There may be something in the mulch that has something he craves. I would try feeding him a high quality dog food (no fillers) just meat protein with veggies, bone meal etc. I feed Tux Primal freeze dried raw, and give him a tablespoon of raw goat milk 3 times a day. I feed Tux at 7 AM, 10:30 AM, 4:30 PM and shortly before bed. I divide up the meals proportionately.

My guess would be that if he knows there are better things to eat more often in the house, than outside, he may be less eager to try and get out.

Havanese are smart dogs and learn how to manipulate. I taught Tux to sit up before he gets a treat or his dinner. He is almost two and has figured out that if he is hungry, he comes to me and sits up. It's usually about the time I was supposed to feed him but forgot. LOL

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