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Ok, I understand puppies are babies and I am trying very hard to train him to be nice little dog. But really frustrated. I have ex-pen in living room. He uses his pee pads fine but poops anywhere in ex-pen, then steps in it before I can scramble to pick it up. I am always doing paw baths and floor clean up. He walks on his pee pads so his white paws are yellow.

When I let him out of ex-pen, he is biting everything. Unties my shoes, pulling on drapes, play bites me and my clothes, my long hair, bites comb, brush. Haven't tried brushing teeth as so hard to get him to even sit still on my lap. I play with him, throwing toys and playing tug a war. I sprayed bitter apple to stop his chewing on wood furniture. I usually only let him out of ex-pen about 15 minutes at a time and limited to living room where I am. and I get so frustrated with him. He has chew toys in ex-pen. His favorite toy outside pen is empty water bottle.

He is perfect angel at night in crate, never whining always clean and dry in morning.

I must be doing something wrong. Would really like to take him outside for potty but either raining or grass so wet. Means I have to bathe him after every time outside and he hates baths. I don't him to associate outside with negative bath each time. When outside, he runs around a like bat out of hell.
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Ok, I understand puppies are babies and I am trying very hard to train him to be nice little dog. But really frustrated. I have ex-pen in living room. He uses his pee pads fine but poops anywhere in ex-pen, then steps in it before I can scramble to pick it up. I am always doing paw baths and floor clean up. He walks on his pee pads so his white paws are yellow.

When I let him out of ex-pen, he is biting everything. Unties my shoes, pulling on drapes, play bites me and my clothes, my long hair, bites comb, brush. Haven't tried brushing teeth as so hard to get him to even sit still on my lap. I play with him, throwing toys and playing tug a war. I sprayed bitter apple to stop his chewing on wood furniture. I usually only let him out of ex-pen about 15 minutes at a time and limited to living room where I am. and I get so frustrated with him. He has chew toys in ex-pen. His favorite toy outside pen is empty water bottle.

He is perfect angel at night in crate, never whining always clean and dry in morning.

I must be doing something wrong. Would really like to take him outside for potty but either raining or grass so wet. Means I have to bathe him after every time outside and he hates baths. I don't him to associate outside with negative bath each time. When outside, he runs around a like bat out of hell.
I cannot speak to potty training issues. However, when my dogs go out in the rain or wet grass to potty I do not bathe them. I just wipe them down with a towel. I would think too many baths would dry out the skin. My dogs rarely get a bath unless they roll in something awful but I realize this is probably the exception. I do brush and comb them each day and make sure the private parts, eyes and paws are clean.
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However, when my dogs go out in the rain or wet grass to potty I do not bathe them. I just wipe them down with a towel. I would think too many baths would dry out the skin.
After being outside when wet he has mud and grass all over him, especially between paw pads. Seems bath only option. I have only been letting him out once a week when been sunny a few days but still lots of mud.
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After being outside when wet he has mud and grass all over him, especially between paw pads. Seems bath only option. I have only been letting him out once a week when been sunny a few days but still lots of mud.
One thing my neighbor did with her dogs from little on is to have a designated potty area in the yard which has gravel on it. She also has stepping stones leading to it. Her dogs always go in this area and can get there and back without getting into grass and mud. I wish I had done this early on with my dogs.
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I would not play tug of war with a puppy that is pulling on drapes, clothes or hair. I feel like you are just encouraging that tugging behavior. Maybe play fetch instead. If the puppy is pooping all over the expen then it may be too big of a space for him. Keep it just large enough for sleeping area and potty area. Enlarge the space as he gets reliable about going on the pad every time. Do it gradually. If the puppy is getting too muddy and dirty in the yard you should bring him out on a leash so you can control his movements. Dirty paws should be manageable with baby wipes or a paw only bath in the sink with a little water. You really need to control his environment at this age and not give him more freedom than he can handle. He is just being a puppy!
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I have his ex-pen with very little free space. Just bed, potty pad in tray, water bowl. Remove food dish as soon as done eating. He even pooped in his water bowl once. It's like he is used to just pooping wherever, doesn't have any sense about it.

He is great about using puppy pad. I tell him to go pee before I let him out of ex-pen and he does. He does not like to poop on puppy pad. Maybe I should get him a second puppy pad tray. I change puppy pad about 4x per day.

He plays fetch and loves to attack squeaky pig. But very short attention span. Jumps from one thing to another. One moment he's playing with empty water bottle. Next moment he is tugging on drapes or biting my toes.
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I must be doing something wrong.
I would like to make the following suggestions:
1. Change the pee pads in his ex pen frequently with a fresh one - after every use if necessary to keep him clean.
2. Take him outside starting with every half hour and then work your way up gradually to every two hours. Give him no more than 5 minutes to poop or potty when outside. When not successful take him back to his expen. If successful, reward heavily with a couple of treats and lavish praise, and then back to expen
3. I understand it is raining outside. Use an umbrella to cover him and you
4. Get a piece of astroturf or indoor/outdoor carpet (about 5x8 or so) as his outside potty/poop place. Just leave it in place on the ground until the weather drys out. Carry him out to that place or put him on a leash and guide him to that area. No shenanigans or play permitted when taking him out for this task. It's all business on your part.
5. Don't bathe him when bringing back inside, just a quick towel dry if necessary.
6 No rewards when he goes in his expen. Havanese puppies are quick studies, they learn quickly that going outside is where the rewards are.

Puppies of every breed are a handful. Biting and chewing on everything is normal, especially when teething. They soon grow out of it and you will forget about all the work and frustration it was. But Ricky's favorite toy, even at 5 years old, is still an empty, one litre plastic water bottle. He loves that loud crackling sound.

Many people don't want all the work and training associated with a puppy and therefore get a dog that is at least a year old or they will get a rescue. Puppies have their pros and cons, but they sure are cute and they do grow out of it relatively quickly.

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My previous dog was 14 months old when I got him. He was so easy. already potty trained and didn't chew anything. I haven't had a puppy for 40 years so feel like a clueless new mommy.
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The puppy phase can be exhausting for you, but the technique I found most useful during that phase (which included nipping, running around crazy etc) is to exhaust the puppy with exercise (age appropriate, don’t overwalk when too young etc). Our trainer taught us a game to play where we stand apart and offer treats...Cassie would run like crazy between us and wear herself out while we remained fairly stationary. We varied it by “hiding” around the corner of a wall, and calling “come Cassie”. We even developed a technique for indoors, down hallways, around corners. She loved the game, it wore her out without wearing us out. Only drawback is it requires two people.

I don’t have any advice to share on potty stuff, but the crazy puppy stuff does go away as they get older so you just have to be patient up(oh, adolescent behavior can also drive you crazy, just as they start settling down, teenage behavior starts up but it does go away too) .
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I bought a mesh harness last week but it is too big for him right now. So ordered a collar so I can take him outside on leash to potty often without him running around like a bat out of hell. I can keep him on concrete which should help keep him from getting so dirty.
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