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Indoor potty trained & leaving w/ someone else?

Hi everyone! I haven't been on here for a while, as I've been suuuuuper busy with my puppy, Finley. You weren't kidding about the amount of time and energy they take! It's been so much hard work, but we've also been rewarded with a super loving, laid back, relaxed, well-mannered (for the most part) dog. He'll turn 1 at the end of this month. In my opinion, he is almost THE. PERFECT. DOG. Our whole family absolutely adores him.

Anyways, thanks to all of your advice here, Finley is completely indoor potty trained, which we also love. We are headed to a wedding in April and need to find a care situation for him. I have a couple different options, one is with our local puppy class teacher at her home, and another is to board him at the vet.

If I leave him with someone else, how does the indoor potty work? My dog has only ever used the indoor potty in our home, which is relatively small. If I bring his potty to a different home, I'm afraid the house might be too big and he will have accidents since he won't know where the potty is. Or will he smell it from far away and just know to go there?

If I board him at the vet, I assume he just stays in a small crate, and when they let him outside to run around (their website says 4x/day), that's when he does his business? So I don't have to bring my indoor potty?

I've never done this before, so I'm at a loss as to how this works. Thank you so much for your help!
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Honestly, i would explore the home stay option over any kind of kennel boarding situation as Havanese generally are so people oriented, staying in a cage just doesn't seem to fit their personality. On how a home-based sitter would handle the indoor potty preference is something you go talk to them in detail about. I assume with a one year old, capable of getting into all kinds of mischief (putting things in their mouth), the home-based sitter would limit access to entire house so he should have a small enough area to reach his potty pad and not have to search for it. Years ago, my dogs were all paper trained (guess that is something not done any more) and whenever we traveled or stayed in somewhere away from home, they never had any problems finding their “paper potty” place.

But totally understand your worrying about how it will work...I fretted endlessly first time I had to leave Cassie and still do although we have a wonderful pet sitter who lets Cassie sleep on the bed when she stays with her (that was my worry...how will she sleep in a dog bed when she is a human bed sleeper now?). I hate leaving her but sometimes, you have to...
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I would never leave my Havanese in a boarding kennel situation, though I know a few people do.

When I left Kodi in a home boarding situation when he was younger, I requested that the caregiver go back to his early routine... He stayed in an expen with his litter box unless she could closely supervise him. I didn't want him to have an accident, either for the sake of her house OR for his training. Once he had stayed with her a time or two, he got in the habit of following her dog out to do his business in the yard (he goes in his litter box OR outside) and was perfectly reliable in the house, so the expen was no longer needed.
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Great suggestions, thank you! It never occurred to me to use the ex-pen again. And it also never occurred to me that his potty training might regress. Excellent points. Thank you!!!
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I suggest you take the potty tray Finley uses at home to the sitter, which you're probably going to do. When we took Patti to our condo during the summer, I put her food and water bowel by her potty tray to reinforce where it was and I confined her to one room. When we went to bed I had another potty tray in that room, with a water bowel by it. Again I confined her to that room at night.

I, also, left Patti with our daughter over a weekend. Although, she was in the same house my daughter let Patti sleep in with her, in a room Patti wasn't use to. We put the potty tray in our Daughter's bedroom. When Patti went into that room, the first thing she did was go over and pee on the tray.

The ex-pen sounds like a great idea. Even better is a having a puppy class instructor willing to take her. I doubt she'll have any problem.

Locally we have a Luxury Dog Hotel Kennel, that has an indoor area where dogs can play, plus an outdoor Turf Grass area that has coverage over head coverage. I hope I never have to use it, but if we do I'm glad we've got a good option. With my other dogs I had someone I trusted who routinely came to my home. Don't have that right now.
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