Join Date: May 2018
Location: Summers: Crested Butte, CO. Home Base: Stillwater, OK
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Although, Havanese are considered "Toy" dogs who are typically hard to housebreak, Havanese are the smartest dogs I've ever owned and I seriously doubt they can be outsmarted. My dog will be 2 years old at the end of February and was housebroken - almost - from the day I brought her home, and was NOT house broken by her breeder.
At 8 weeks old, she was confined to an ex-pen with a potty tray which opened into a family-kitchen room that was blocked off. Anytime Patti was outside of the ex-pen socializing and playing there were "eyes on her at all times." Although, there were a few accidents she was never allowed to roam around the house and was caught each time she had an accident and placed on a potty tray ... then given a Treat!! and Lots of Praise.
Room by Room she learned where to potty, in our case it was on an indoor Potty Tray. After 10-months several gates were removed and she was allowed access to part of the house, but was closely watched.
Potty training and socializing a puppy is exhausting!!!!
Housebreaking is a lot of work and indoor-potty training is quicker. Later all the dogs prefer to go outside, but with indoor-potty training they know where to go in the house if they can't get out or if you have to be gone for the day and can't be there.
Initially, I tried taking the puppy out every hour, then every 45 minutes, then every 30 minutes. Puppies piddle ALL the time. They'll pee outside and walk inside and pee again. They pee while playing. Trying to keep up with a schedule of taking them outside was WAY! too much trouble.