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Question best way to potty train?

im planning to get a havanese girl soon, and im wondering what is the best way to potty train her. i go to school every day from morning till like 3 so im not sure whether or not i should train her to go outside or to train her to use an indoor potty. my parents get home a little earlier than i do, but im not sure if theyre willing to walk her please give me suggestions! thanks in advance
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I would HIGHLY recommend training her to an indoor potty option!!
I wasn't able to do this, but many/most havs owners do and I'm sure they can give you great advice!!

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Based on our experience, (we have a 3 yr old female since she was a puppy), you definitely need to train for an indoor potty--especially if she will be left alone during the day. Also, morning to 3 pm is a long time for a puppy to be alone--early on might be traumatic for her; could you or parent(s) come home at lunch so she can have human presents to break up the day. Maybe take her out, talk to her, give her some attention, etc. Our Hav would go nuts if she could not tell where we were, although she aged out of this after a while.

Assuming you get a puppy, when you get her, the breeder would have her paper trained, so papers could be used, and maybe placed on top of a pee pad for a while, but it will be a different and new experience/situation for her, so she will need to acclimate to the new surroundings.

We used an ex-pen set up in our foyer with papers, a bed, and food/water--all under lain by a plastic sheet for accidents overturned food/water, etc. We let her out of the pen to roam but kept an eye on her, and guided her to a pee pad (synthetic re-washable) placed by the back door for potty. Our thinking was that if she knows to go to the pad, we can easily open the door and let her out for business--and if we didn't spot her, she still had the pad to go on. Looking back on this, I think we should have located the pad somewhere else besides near the back door--it turned out to be convenient for her, but not for us.

Now, she still uses the pad if we don't spot her need to go out or if she hasn't been out lately. She prefers to go outside, but has an indoor option in case. When ours decides to go she goes, not much lead time, but she is getting much better at that too.

I'm sure others on here will have far more input/insight/experience about this than I do. Good luck---they are adorable, quirky, little dogs. You should enjoy their company very much!

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thank you so much for your answers! thats what i was planning to do, making sure my parents go home for lunch to check on her etc. i was thinking of training her to go on the pads (or ugodog) during the day, and when i get home, ill walk her outside
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whimsy goes on a piddle pad that is in a pad holder that I got at petsmart. She was trained on the pads when we got her from the breeder and I just kept it up. When she was a puppy I kept it in the area she was confined in and she used it everytime. Now that she is grown we keep the pad out of the way in the laundry room and she just runs down there when she has to go. I also keep a second one in the bedroom up stairs where we perfect for us. When we go outside to play she will pee and poop but she is an indoor potty trained dog. It's great in the winter here and also I don't have to worry about taking her out at night and risk a coyote...which are in my area.

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