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I think you are doing exactly the right things, and that itís just going to take her a little bit longer because she is drinking more, and her bladder isnít fully developed yet. I think this is true of many Havanese puppies, it was definitely true of mine, but I think sometimes people just donít notice it as much when their puppies arenít drinking a lot. For me it did stretch to 4 hours by about 6 months, but I still had to take him out before that if there was any kind of change in routine or if we went on the carpet in a different room.
I would try to identify when she goes the longest and see if there is a pattern as to what room she is in, or if sheís in her playpen, etc. With my puppy he held it longer in our bedroom and family room because he spent the most time there. If there are specific areas where she tends to have accidents more often, try to spend more time in those areas and back up to take her out every hour when youíre in that room. If the accidents are in her playpen, make it smaller.
I can imagine itís really frustrating, but do keep in mind that if youíre taking her more often because her bladder just hasnít matured, in the long run she is going to be much, much more reliable, so it WILL pay off. Every time you take her potty, she is learning, so if youíre taking her out more, itís just more opportunities for her to really get it down. Preventing accidents as much as possible, even if it means taking her out more often, is important because sheís learning each time she has an accident, too.
Is she able to hold it during the night?
I would plan that as the time she can hold it stretches, you still may need to take her out every 4 hours for quite a while. Once she is closer to a year old, maybe even a bit older, her body will be more mature and you should I have a better idea of how much you can push the time. As an adult mine can go 6-8 hours on average. Under different circumstances itís longer or shorter, though. I could never leave him alone for more then 3-4 hours because he has to go more often when heís stressed, and he gets stressed when heís home alone. However, he regularly holds it for 10 hours overnight, which is think is a pretty long time.
I donít think it will be this hard for a lot longer. If you keep doing what you are doing, with small adjustments to prevent accidents, I really think you will start seeing her hit some milestones that make it easier to get through the long haul with potty training. At 6 months mine wasnít even close to completely potty trained, but it was still much easier than it was at 4 months. 9 months was easier than 6, etc. I would say my Havanese was completely trained around 14 months.
I hope something there helps!