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There is a lot of past information about Indoor Potty Training you'll find helpful. Check out the past posts. If you're going to do indoor potty training, don't train the puppy to go outside until she/he is fully trained where to go potty inside the house. They will automatically want to go outside later.
I have tried almost every potty tray there is and currently have three different types. Many people on this forum who have trained their dogs to use a potty tray inside the house (Indoor House Training) use Equine Horse Pellets in the trays instead of puppy pads. Why? Because puppy pads smell after a dog pees on it. It's not a big problem for a tiny puppy but as they grow it becomes worst. You can switch back and forth depending on the convenience. For that reason the potty tray I would recommend is Blyss Klean Paws on Amazon. It's deep enough for the Equine Horse Pellets and easily snaps closed on the ends. You can, also, put puppy pads inside it. It's small and works well for puppies. I even use it for my adult dog who is 12-14lbs.
I would not buy a Play Pen that is used for children. Check out past forums on Ex-Pens for some great ideas.
Toy dogs tend to her harder to housebreak than large dogs. Havanese are very!!!! smart and my dog was easily trained to a potty tray. At first, I tried outdoor housebreaking because that's what I'd always done but I soon gave that up as puppies tinkle and poop ALL the time. Taking her out every 30 minutes or hour was exhausting and she'd still tinkle or poop on the potty tray when I brought her back in. So, I focused on Indoor House Breaking. We have small condo in the mountains where we stay in the summer and have no yard. I'm so! glad Krandall encouraged me to stick with Indoor House Breaking ... I don't have to worry about bad weather or not wanting to take Patti for walk when I don't have time for don't want to do it or if we go out for the day or evening. She has a place to Do Her Job ...
Last edited by Mikki; 08-02-2019 at 08:42 AM.