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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-07-2013, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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I got my Havanese Ollie about 5 weeks ago, he is just over 4 months old. I purchased Ollie off from Craigs List, the lady told me that he had belonged to a puppy mill that was turned in. She took Ollie home and fostered him, got him healthy. Apparently he was the runt of the litter and wasn't very well nourished, he had fleas, he just wasn't loved. The lady that sold him had four of her own dogs and her husband wouldn't let her keep him. I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him and he is my "Velcro Dog" Since we have had him, he has gotten his shots and his first hair cut and the Vet said that he is very healthy. He is crate trained for the most part. He has had two accidents in his crate when we have been at work but has done very well at night. When we first got him home his coordination wasn't very good but I think it was becuase he was crated all the time. He is getting a little better every day. For Potty Training, when I take him outside sometimes he eliminates but other times he doesn't. Sometimes he just pees a little on the carpet, I think he is trying to leave his scent. I keep scrubbing it up. Many times he poops in the house, he will usually sneak in the other room if you aren't watching him carefully and do his business. He shows no signs of going to the door to go potty he just does his business wherever he is at. I am not sure how he was treated prior to getting him but when you call him over to you or lean down to play he cowls up like you are going to hurt him if he gets close to you, he is getting better though. At first I couldn't get him to take a treat from my hand. This week he has started taking the treat and running with it, he is still a little scared but I see improvement everyday. He is learning that he is in a good place with lots of love to give him. Why is he not going recognizing the going to the door to go to the bathroom? Am I expecting this to soon with his prior situation? I have bells and he shows no insterest in them not even to play with them. I want do make sure he is a happy healthy puppy but would love to not have so many puppy messes to clean up. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Welcome to you and to Ollie. I think given his history, he is doing remarkably well. Puppy mill dogs aren't potty trained and do their business wherever, so he has some unlearning to do. As a newbie myself of an almost 15 week old, I am learning that every puppy learns at a different rate and improvement doesn't happen every day. Some days there are mistakes, somedays it seems you are going backwards and some days the light bulb seems to go off and they "get it".
I think you are on the right track. Reinforce the successes with lots of praise and now that he is beginning to accept treats, use that as well. Make sure that you are cleaning the accidents in the house with an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle or something similar to remove the scent so he doesn't want to return to the "scene of the crime"
If you can't watch him like a hawk then he should be in the crate to minimize the accidents. My dog Colbie sometimes circles or sniffs if she has to go, sometimes not. The more you observe them, the more you can read their signals. I would also suggest keeping a log of what time he is going, pee or poop, whether inside or outside. It will help you predict when you think he might go next. Of course after meals, after play is a good time to bring him outside to see if he will go.
Good luck.

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I'm going to give you a link to a thread posted earlier today because there is some good advice in there (and i"m sure more to come.)


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