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My name is Jen, I am the proud mom of a 2 year old beautiful Hav named Buffy. I've been trolling the board for a while and have gotten a lot of good tips from all of you so thanks for that! This is my first time posting though.

Buffy is a very good girl and like most Havs totally friendly and loving. She has all the classic Havanese traits and she's such a velcro dog she sometimes even tries to jump in the shower with me!

There is one thing she does that I'd like to correct if possible, it's related to potty training and I'm hoping to get any advice you all have to offer. We live in NYC in an apartment and I work a full day - sometimes I'm gone for 10 hours a day. My husband is in and out most of the day so he'll be gone for a few hours, come home for a few and so on. It's rare for her to be alone for more than 4-5 hours but it does happen. We have a dog walker every day that comes in at lunch and walks her for 45 minutes. When we leave her home alone she is not crated. We close bedroom and bathroom doors but she's allowed to be in the family room, kitchen and office, although I think she pretty much lays by the front door waiting for us to get home. Because we are in and out all day, she is wee wee pad trained. Here is the issue - when she has to use the wee wee pad, about 75% of the time she pees on the edge of the pad. So she knows she has to pee on the pad, and goes to it but doesn't pee in the center so it leaks off the pad onto the floor.
I've tried putting the patch on one of those trays but it didn't really help much - she'd literally stand one foot on the tray/patch and the other on the floor. Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions on how to fix this would be appreciated! Thanks.

Jen

PS - Here is a photo of Buffy as I know how much you all love to see pics!
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Welcome, Buffy is adorable. My girls are hikers, they hike their back leg and that is where we run in to trouble my Havanese goes out only, my other girl will use a pad or go out I don't use a tray because she will hike on the side, I have had a bit of success using "Out" (any brand will do) in the center of the pad...she will mark it. Hope this helps.

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Welcome Jen & Buffy, she's beautiful!

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welcome welcome, need pics .

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What about getting a remnant of vinyl flooring from a place like Home Depot, ad taping the pad to the middle of it. Then, at least if she misses, it's easy to clean up!


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Welcome to the forum!! your baby is gorgeous!!!

I have no advice as my hav (sadly) was never able to train indoors. hopefully others can help you out!

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this is kind of gross, but it worked for me. after she pees on the corner, cut the pee'd part of the pad and put it in the middle of a clean, new one.
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I had a similar problem and the best advice for my situation with the pads was to put the pads in a box with a raised edge for the pup to step over. I couldn't find a litter box big enough for the pads and I'm not handy enough to cut a Rubbermaid tub, so I improvised with a cardboard lid.

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Put something down at the edge that has to be stepped over. With our litter box training, we occasionally get one who will put the front feet in only. When that happens, we will first try pushing the litter to the back of the box, so the pup has to get all the way in the box to get to the litter. If that doesn't always work, we turn the box around so the pup has to jump over the edge to get into the box-these are low sided boxes, so the jump is not very much, but it's not comfortable to stand accross the edge.
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I can't help because my Rosie does the same thing. She even does it outside. I have sidewalks and she puts the front two feet in the grass and pees on the sidewalk. I can't break her. Luckily she no longer uses the pee pads except in emergency situations. And when we travel with her and put down the pads, she always gets in the middle.
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Hello all!
My name is Jen, I am the proud mom of a 2 year old beautiful Hav named Buffy. I've been trolling the board for a while and have gotten a lot of good tips from all of you so thanks for that! This is my first time posting though.

Buffy is a very good girl and like most Havs totally friendly and loving. She has all the classic Havanese traits and she's such a velcro dog she sometimes even tries to jump in the shower with me!

There is one thing she does that I'd like to correct if possible, it's related to potty training and I'm hoping to get any advice you all have to offer. We live in NYC in an apartment and I work a full day - sometimes I'm gone for 10 hours a day. My husband is in and out most of the day so he'll be gone for a few hours, come home for a few and so on. It's rare for her to be alone for more than 4-5 hours but it does happen. We have a dog walker every day that comes in at lunch and walks her for 45 minutes. When we leave her home alone she is not crated. We close bedroom and bathroom doors but she's allowed to be in the family room, kitchen and office, although I think she pretty much lays by the front door waiting for us to get home. Because we are in and out all day, she is wee wee pad trained. Here is the issue - when she has to use the wee wee pad, about 75% of the time she pees on the edge of the pad. So she knows she has to pee on the pad, and goes to it but doesn't pee in the center so it leaks off the pad onto the floor.
I've tried putting the patch on one of those trays but it didn't really help much - she'd literally stand one foot on the tray/patch and the other on the floor. Has anyone else experienced this? Any suggestions on how to fix this would be appreciated! Thanks.

Jen

PS - Here is a photo of Buffy as I know how much you all love to see pics!
Buffy is so beautiful. I wish I could help but Charley is litter trained and my dog Molly used to use papers and did exactly the sme thing. Maybe the Kings will have some good suggestions.

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