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Hello, everyone! I posted this in the puppy forum, but thought this question was relevant to everyone, so I'm posting here, too. Sorry for any annoyance.

We are future Havanese owners. Upon deciding to add a new family member, we researched dog breeds to no end and decided on the Havanese. Then came the search for a reputable breeder. We found a wonderful lady in southern Ohio (we're in central Ohio) that has been breeding Havanese for 15 years. We will be going to visit her in a couple of weeks. She has a male and female (former show dogs) that she breeds. She is hoping to breed in July, so that means we won't get our new family member until November, but it will be well worth the wait, I'm sure.

Our current household consists of my husband and I, our three children (2 daughters ages 11 and 9, and a 7 year old son), my 14 year old cat, and 4 parakeets.

Ok -- so now to the question. Well, really a poll of sorts. I have been doing a lot of research on different potty training methods. The breeder said she litter trains them from the beginning, so I will probably stay with that method. But I am wondering what potty training methods you all have gone with? Bell, potty pads, litter, a combination of methods? Is there any reason I should not litter train? Any and all opinions will be *much* appreciated.

Thanks, everyone! Have a great weekend!
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We use potty pads and he prefers going outdoors. I wanted so badly for him to litter train but he didn't take to it, he was a shelter puppy and I don't know if they worked with him on potty training before I got him at 8 1/2 weeks though.
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We did bell training, but the cat uses the bells more than Lizzie. She just gives me this look and that means she has to go. She only goes outside.

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Whimsy was trained on potty pads in a holder by the breeder. I continue with this. With our harsh winters and the coyotes at night it works for me. Just depends on your lifestyle.

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Potty Pads here for both Snickers and Snoopy -- and they too both now only go outdoors.

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My two only go outside but we have mild winters. I might consider an inside alternative if we had frigid winters w/snow.

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Hello, everyone! I posted this in the puppy forum, but thought this question was relevant to everyone, so I'm posting here, too. Sorry for any annoyance.

We are future Havanese owners. Upon deciding to add a new family member, we researched dog breeds to no end and decided on the Havanese. Then came the search for a reputable breeder. We found a wonderful lady in southern Ohio (we're in central Ohio) that has been breeding Havanese for 15 years. We will be going to visit her in a couple of weeks. She has a male and female (former show dogs) that she breeds. She is hoping to breed in July, so that means we won't get our new family member until November, but it will be well worth the wait, I'm sure.

Our current household consists of my husband and I, our three children (2 daughters ages 11 and 9, and a 7 year old son), my 14 year old cat, and 4 parakeets.

Ok -- so now to the question. Well, really a poll of sorts. I have been doing a lot of research on different potty training methods. The breeder said she litter trains them from the beginning, so I will probably stay with that method. But I am wondering what potty training methods you all have gone with? Bell, potty pads, litter, a combination of methods? Is there any reason I should not litter train? Any and all opinions will be *much* appreciated.

Thanks, everyone! Have a great weekend!
Kodi was litter trained from 3 weeks by his breeder, and it has been wonderful. He has preferred going outdoors when possible from a very young age, but having an "approved" potty spot in the house has made things SO much easier on everyone, both in bad weather and also if we have to be away from home longer than he can comfortably hold it. We even bring a litter box along when we travel in our camper. Then Kodi can get up and potty himself first thing in the morning, and we can sleep in!

Getting a puppy who is already litter box trained DOESN'T mean that you still don't have to follow through with watching them carefully and limiting their movement until good habits are totally confirmed in their new home, but it makes things SO much easier.

Oh, and another thing I like about the litter box is that wood pellets (which is the litter we use) are very inexpensive, and completely biodegradable, so easy on the planet!


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I attempted to use pee pads with my then 5 month old rescue male, but he has the "shredding gene" and just made a mess.

I needed to take him outside right after waking, eating, drinking, and periodically throughout the day and evening. We also have mild winters here in Northern California, so I did not have to try another indoor method, although his belly band with a Poise Pad did become my friend.



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My breeder had Eli going outside by following his mom and brothers and sisters through a doggy door. Suffice to say, potty training was/is a challenge in that I taught him to go "exclusively" outside. He's having stomach issues and, unfortunately, never learned a "safe" place to inside. If I could do it over again, I would likely have paper trained him on pee pads (easier for me but not so earth friendly). Like others, the winters can be harsh and dragging him outside through the snow and sludge presents other problems - like snow/ice on their hair. Whatever you decide, I highly recommend you teach both him/her to go inside and outside.
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My Brody is only 4 months and is mostly reliable on his indoor system. At work he goes outside (although he does occasionally sneak one inside and he doesn't tend to tell me he needs to go which is something we need to work on...it's a shop so not so huge a deal if he has an accident). We have harsh winters where it can stay in the -20s for long periods and then dip into the -30s and -40s as well so I definitely wanted an indoor system for him. Plus, I live in an apartment and sometimes it is just more convenient than me getting dressed, grabbing my keys, coat, etc. in order to take him outside. In my ideal world I'd prefer having him go outside all the time, but it just isn't practical for me. It's nice he has a good alternative.

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