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House Training Question, and Sort of a Poll
If I wasn't so attracted to this wonderful breed, I think I would be second guessing my choice based on all the stuff I read about them being particularly difficult to house train, and not necessarily always reliable even after they are.
What I'm trying to figure out is whether I've got a skewed perspective because people tend to post more about problems than successes, whether there is something biologically or mentally different about Havs that makes them SO different from other small dogs in this department, and whether there is a particular method that tends to work better than others. Do you all feel you have better success with a particular approach (i.e. doggy door, crate, regular intervals, bell method, no inside potty, strictly inside, etc.)? Certain surfaces inside and out more attractive to them or make for more or less successful training? I'm thinking of taking up all the rugs to make cleaning accidents easier and no lingering smells to tempt her, but poor puppy will slide a lot.
I'm also hoping the fact that I work at home will help because I can watch her more closely and take her out more often. I will probably try the bells, and I'd like to somehow get her to understand that outside is our main potty, but if mom is gone too long or doesn't hear the bells, a pee pad inside is OK too. Pee pad is also OK in a hotel room or airport, and to take it one step further, I'm going to try the covered set-up on the deck as a bad weather alternative. Think that's pushing it?
My one and only dog was paper trained because there was a place for it and she was so small, it was just so easy with her. I've never done the primarily outside potty thing, so I'm not really sure what to expect about frequency and how quickly she's likely to "get it."