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Unhappy Toilet Training Frustration........

I am a brand new Havanese owner! and new to the forum. Please help....I am having a hard time with potty training...
Biscuit is my baby, he is 4 1/2 months, and I have had him for 2 months. He is beautiful, sweet, and a barrel of fun, except when it comes to potty! He gives absolutely no signal for wetting. He does prance in front of door or window for poo. He is in a crate during the day, and at night. Sometimes he relieves himself in the crate. I take him out as soon as I let him out and he does his business, then comes in and a little later wets on the carpet!
I need expert info on training.

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When you say he is in a crate during the day and at night.......do you mean that you work during the day and he is in a crate or do you mean you are putting him in a crate during the day if he doesn't go potty when you take him outside?


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Michele-Welcome to the forum and congrats on your puppy, please post photos!

I'm in the same situation, we have a one year old who is very reliable but our puppy is 3 1/2 months old and we're having trouble too. Sometimes he'll ring the bells but other times it seems he's peeing in the house every 15 minutes! I'm just trying to stay on top of it and take him out as often as possible when he's awake. I'm home with him all day and sometimes I feel like we're out 10 times an hour.

Do you have a bell or anything for him to use to signal? We have Poochie Bells and they're wonderful, Scooter uses them every time but Murphy is still learning.

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Potty training

I work 3 days a week...And he is in the crate then. When I am at home, he is out most of the time...and we are outside constantly! This is the only baby I have had this much trouble with.
I will post some pics later...when he holds still!!
What are bells?
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How long are you gone when you are at work? Maybe it's just too long to hold it for him?

Have other dogs you've had also been little dogs or bigger ones? Small dogs take so much longer to train than the bigger breeds.

He's still very young at 4 1/2 months, that's about when I started to see some improvement with Marley, but I really couldn't fully trust him until he was about a year. He still doesn't "say" much when he needs to go out and pee, but just lays in front of the door until someone comes along to take him out. It took a long time for him to get there, though!!

So I think you're expectations are just a little high, I think...if you keep working with him and take him out all the time and watch him like a hawk in between, he will be making progress!!

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I work 3 days a week...And he is in the crate then. When I am at home, he is out most of the time...and we are outside constantly! This is the only baby I have had this much trouble with.
I will post some pics later...when he holds still!!
What are bells?
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If you do a search on potty training or bells, you'll find a lot on this topic. Here is one to get you started:
http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....=bell+training

My Tucker didn't even begin to understand about potty training until he was 5 months old, and then it took months before he REALLY got it. I don't know why it seems to take so much longer for a toy breed to learn, but it sure does.

If your little guy is in the crate for hours during the day, especially, you really need to have someone come in to take him out every few hours for potty and play. A little guy can't hold it that long. At night they seem to need out less often, I think because they are sleeping more soundly.

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thanks

Thanks for all the info....I guess it is just the toy breed thing. Also, any tips on what helps clean the tear stains? And grooming? Everything I have read says not to cut the hair...but he hates for me to brush him!!
Thanks again.
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Here's a start... http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....ighlight=bells check out the other threads in the Training forum. Just search for "bells" and you should see a few.

Unfortunately, it seems so many of us have a hard time with this, with our Havs. It is very frustrating since they are highly intelligent, charming little dogs. Many times, there are several reasons for the training not to be quite as successful as we hope, but there is the odd time when it is just tough for no reason. lol

Hope you get some tips from searching other threads.




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Thanks for that! I love him anyway.
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I'll be in the same boat trying to housbreak my new hav. Taking several weeks off to just concentrate on housebreaking along with other things. Hopefully if I get him real early at age 10 weeks and watching him closely I can speed things up. If not there is always paper towels and cleaner. Good luck with your puppy I'm sure it will all click in soon.
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