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Housebreaking?

Hello all,

I have never owned a Havanese before. Was wondering how difficult it is to housebreak this breed? I currently own a 4 year old oversized toy poodle who is perfectly housebroken to do his business outside never has accidents indoors. I do have a pee pad set up just in case but he does not use it.

P.S. I am considering a Havanese, another poodle or a mini Schnauzer.

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Like all breeds, puppies need to be taught where to eliminate, and, more importantly, where NOT to eliminate. I have three Havanese and we never have accidents in the house. How "hard" it is, is partially a matter of buying from a breeder who gives them a good start on potty training, and then it is up to you, as the new owner, to confine and supervise them RELIGIOUSLY until they are entirely reliable. That's all on the new owner.

I didn't find it difficult, just a normal part of puppy rearing.


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I unfortunately did not have the advantage of a breeder teaching my dogs good habits and how to potty indoors. I did not get Mia until she was four months old so I think this also made it a little more difficult. However, once I was consistent in training, both my dogs learned very quickly. My yorkie has never pottied inside since he was 10 weeks old. Mia was my first dog ever and it took longer probably because I was not as good at training her. Consistency is critical. I took off work for two weeks when I got my yorkie and he was fully trained in two weeks. I believe this was because that was my primary focus for two weeks. I do regret that I did not train them to go in an acceptable place indoors in case of emergency or bad weather. So I would do that also if I had it to do over.
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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.
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I was hardcore determined to get potty training down. Yes, it takes effort. Confining to ex pen and consistency worked for us. He hasn’t peed in my house since about 4 months old. Poop we’ve had a couple of setbacks here and there, but he’s still pretty reliable at 12 months. When we have an accident, back to basics. At least I can predict when he SHOULD have to go and if he doesn’t, back in his pen area (now a gated off area rather than an ex pen but same principle).
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For poop, it really helps to get them on a regular feeding schedule. Free feeding could be especially disastrous!
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For poop, it really helps to get them on a regular feeding schedule. Free feeding could be especially disastrous!
Oh yep. But he STILL refuses to go some mornings and we’ll have to put him in his pen and try again in a half hour. He didn’t pick up indoor training for poop (he did for pee, I can’t tell you why!) and we screwed up by letting him walk for as long as it took. On top of that, we took him out after eating on a leash so he didn’t signal by going to the door etc.
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I’d still rather deal with this occasional poop issue than him peeing on my carpet. He’d never be out of the expen if we had that going on
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Thank you everyone for the replies. I guess already having a poodle that does his business outside may make it alittle easier to learn for the new puppy. I prefer the puppies that are between 4 and 6 months.
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Oh yep. But he STILL refuses to go some mornings and we’ll have to put him in his pen and try again in a half hour. He didn’t pick up indoor training for poop (he did for pee, I can’t tell you why!) and we screwed up by letting him walk for as long as it took. On top of that, we took him out after eating on a leash so he didn’t signal by going to the door etc.
Mia was also trained much earlier for pee. She would have occasional pooping accidents especially if she had the zoomies or was playing with my yorkie. Better poop than pee inside! Although a regular feeding schedule helps, they are not machines and will not perform exactly on the clock. One thing that also helped me was switching Mia to raw. When I fed kibble she pooped so much more!!!! It was crazy how much greater the volume and frequency was on kibble. And this was “high quality” expensive kibble.
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