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I was reading a Havanese book by Nikki Riggsbee and it was stated that male puppies are harder to potty train than females. Is this true? I understand that some individuals believe that small breeds are harder to potty train which I never found to be true. I never had a problem potty-training toy breeds however, my pups were females.
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I've never had a problem with my males. I've had a Cairn Terrier and a Havanese male. I found that belly bands are a terrific help, but I must say, I took my pups out very often. Rewards when they "performed", and if they cried out at night....I took them out. Again rewarded with kibble.
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I was reading a Havanese book by Nikki Riggsbee and it was stated that male puppies are harder to potty train than females. Is this true? I understand that some individuals believe that small breeds are harder to potty train which I never found to be true. I never had a problem potty-training toy breeds however, my pups were females.
This is a controversial subject here on HF. Some believe yes and some say prove it. I can only relate what Ricky's experienced Vet says. In his experience. males tend to be harder to train than females (but not always). In his experience, neutering makes males easier to potty train (but not always). Since I don't have any experience other than Ricky and previous dogs that I cared for, I rely on his opinion.

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Thanks for your response. I had a vet that said I would never potty train my Yorkie because she was on the smaller end of the spectrum. Fortunately, he was wrong. I guess it will just depend on the pup. Then again my Yorkie is a female. I don't have any experience with male pups.
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I was reading a Havanese book by Nikki Riggsbee and it was stated that male puppies are harder to potty train than females. Is this true? I understand that some individuals believe that small breeds are harder to potty train which I never found to be true. I never had a problem potty-training toy breeds however, my pups were females.
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Thanks so much for the reassurance. While I was reading the book I noticed a little gender bias . She referred to all pups as "she or her".
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Thanks for your response. I had a vet that said I would never potty train my Yorkie because she was on the smaller end of the spectrum. Fortunately, he was wrong. I guess it will just depend on the pup. Then again my Yorkie is a female. I don't have any experience with male pups.
I have a male yorkie who has not had an accident in the house since he was 10 weeks old. He is 11 years old now. He was so easy to train. He is the second dog I have ever owned so I was definitely not a potty training expert by any means!
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I hate that this is still out there. Every dog can be trained, it just depends on how willing and consistent you are.

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I think a lot of this is based on a really confusing idea about what potty training means. Potty training to me means a puppy will hold it and go outside (or go where he is supposed to, like a potty tray). Some small dogs may not be able to hold it for 8 hours, but that does not mean they aren’t potty trained. A yorkie that can’t hold it for 4 hours doesn’t mean she isn’t potty trained if she’s peeing where she’s supposed to. It means she needs to be taken out more often, and I think humans frustrated with having to take a puppy out blame it on the puppy not being trained. OR, the puppy is never completely trained because the humans are frustrated with having to take it out more often than they’d planned.
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