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Hi, I am doing some research into dog breeds as we want to add a second dog to our family. One concern we have is house training. We live in a big apartment, but apartment after all so no yard on demand. A friend or ours used to have a bichon frise and he was never accident free, and since both breeds are related i want to make sure we don't pick the wrong one for us, lovable as they look.

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Well it varies from pup to pup as to how hard they are to house train, but that said I do think Havs take longer to potty train than other larger breeds,although they get there in the end, and they are so worth that little extra effort as they are a fantastic breed,loyal,funny,loving and great buddies for children.

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I live in an apartment as well. Piper is completely house trained but I do take her out 6-7 times a day. It seems like a lot and can be a pain (especially with all the snow we've been having) but she knows the "go potty" command and will do it quickly.

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Whimsy will use her pee pad. We have coyotes in the area and I would never let her out alone even with my fenced in yard. Also, the weather can be horrible in the Chicago area and using her pee pad is just fine with both of us The breeder used them from the get go so she came to us trained to use them. I recently had my hip replaced and it was a blessing to me that I didn't have to try and get her outside.She will be a year in March.
However you decide to potty train them it is just so worth any extra effort you might have to put into it.

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Kodi goes outside if it's possible, but will willingly use his litter box if it's not. I'm sure he would adjust to high rise living without difficulty.

I think, though, if you want an accident-free apartment dog, it is very, VERY important to purchase your puppy from someone who works with them from the day they crawl out of the whelping box to develop proper potty habits. The better early training they have, the easier it will be for you to keep up that litter box/pee pad/Ugo Dog once you get the pup home.


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Hi- I can't tell where you are from? This is the website of a Breeder that does
train her puppies to use the pet loo as soon as they can start walking with great
success. Her dogs and puppies are health tested, well socialized and adorable!
Good luck! http://www.besemehavanese.com/
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Thanks a lot for your replies. Jake and mindy, we live between mexico city and the woodlands tx.
As if potty trainig i also use the wee pads and also get their outside walks and potty time.
The problem with my friends dog were axtually two, never leather to use the wee pads, and loved to pee on the dinning table legs, next to the bed, and hide and pee..
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Hi, I am doing some research into dog breeds as we want to add a second dog to our family. One concern we have is house training. We live in a big apartment, but apartment after all so no yard on demand. A friend or ours used to have a bichon frise and he was never accident free, and since both breeds are related i want to make sure we don't pick the wrong one for us, lovable as they look.

Thank you so much,

Maria
I think it depends on how much time you have to house train a Havanese. I hear if you have a older dog that a puppy can learn faster from the older one. If you do not wan't to have indoor alternatives and do not have the desire to spend 6 to 8 mo some even longer I do not think a Havanese will be a good addition to your household.
What kind of dog do you have?

Maddie at 5mo old
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wow, sounds like your friends dog had some potty challenges!
As some encouragement, our pup, Tillie was potty trained fairly quickly and at 7.5 months old has not had an accident in the house in nearly 3 months. SO, not ALL small dogs are hard to train. I think the best advice would be to WATCH them and be with them ALL the time in the begining, encouraging them when they potty in the right place (many havs can and do use indoor litter box or pee pad with no troubles at all)and not drawing a ton of attention when/if they DO go somewhere they shouldn't because then , they WILL hide and do thier business.
What kind of dog is your first dog??
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It is a mixed dog, the sise of a cocker spaniel, male neutered and he is one of the best dogs I have ever lived with. So smart, great character we got him when he was about 4 months and he pretty much potty trained himself, i just took him to the place fairly often and that was it. Also he gets 30min to 2 hr walks, or outside time weather and time permmiting
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