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Help with Potty Training
We have a wonderful Havanese, Lily. We got her at 4 months old from a woman who owned the mother and father. She is now 13 months old. She is sweet, loveable and very smart. Except when it comes to potty training. We took her to 12 weeks of training and she was so quick to learn everything. The trainer told us we were doing everything right with her potty training, but we are still having some issues.
We have a large kitchen with a doggy door to the backyard. However, if we leave her in the kitchen (with the tile floor) and the gate to the family room closed, she will always use the doggy door to do her business. If we let her free in the house, we have to keep a close eye on her. If we see her sniffing on the carpet, we have to quickly tell her to go outside with us to go potty, and she does.
Last night, she was with me in the family room and right in front of me, she pooped! The kitchen and family room are an open floor plan, and her doggy door is right there! She wasn't sick, so there was no reason to do this.
She was out of my sight a few nights ago, and I found poop in the living room - again, no reason for it.
I'm beginning to think she will never be fully toilet trained. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I would like her to be free all the time, but I can't trust her.