Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Williston, SC
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Dance's breeder used washable wee pads, so that's what she learned before I got her. I was very diligent with outside house training the minute she came home and she learned very quickly and will often potty on command. However, as she became more trustworthy I became more slack with taking her out. Waiting on her to tell me she needed to go. So, as it stands now at 2 yrs of age. She will ask to go outside. But if I am busy or don't notice her signals, she will look for a place in the back of the house to go. Usually a rug or pile of dirty clothes. But as long as I offer her to go out every couple of hours she never has an accident. That the normal day routine.
Now, factor in extended rain and it's a crap shoot. She HATES the rain. Even if I can get her outside she'll just stand on the cement and refuse to go in the grass. If she has to go badly enough and it's raining softly and I go out with her, she will go. But if it's raining hard, forget it. She won't use a wee pad in the family room where anyone can see her. She wants to go off somewhere private. Which honestly is pretty adorable. So, if I put the wee pad in the laundry room and show it to her, she will go in and use it. I only do this with really prolonged hard rain. If she won't go I will crate her for several hours and then try again. She'll usually go after that.
I don't know what the actual "safe" time is. I imagine that would vary with each dog. But a toy does have a small bladder and it's not good for them to hold it for extended periods of time often. I mean they can go all night of course. So, as long as they are confined and sleeping 8 or 9 hours is good. But during the day, I think they should go every 2 hours. Keeping the kidneys flushed is the best for health.
Yes, being neighbors would be nice. Havanese love playing with anyone, but prefer their own kind. No one else RLH's like a Hav. I hope to keep a puppy from our upcoming planned litter. So, she'll have another buddy before we know it.