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Hi All. Is it OK to allow your puppy have to roam about certain areas of the house when you first get them home. We don't let Radar walk around without keeping an eye on him of course but we do let him in the kitchen living room and dining room. We keep him out of the bedroom and bathroom. We're in the midst of litter training. He goes pee in the littler No Problem at all. Poo time is another story. My Wife caught him this morning in mid squat and promptly placed him in the litter box. He wasn't finished on the floor and when my wife placed him in the litter box he wanted out. She made him stay in the litter box and praised him when he was done. Doe you have to keep them restricted ina certain area and train them there or can you train them while giving them freedom to "roam" around while being watched. Maybe we're making him paranoid by watching him when we think he's gonna poo.

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Derek,
The reason I suggested you get that book was because it answer's all of your questions and offers veryhelpful ways of potty training.

I don't think a puppy should have full run of the house until it is completely trained and not going to chew on things you don't want him to chew on.

Crate training is the best way to housebreak a puppy in my opinion. Does he sleep in a crate at night? If so, when you get up in the morning with him, take him immediately to the litter box and give him the "potty" command. I use "go potty". If he steps out of the litter box, pick him up put him back in the box and repeat the command. Once he does what you are asking, praise him like never before and maybe give him a special treat. Then he can play for a little while. About 20-30 mins after he eats, repeat the process. If he doesn't go after say 10 mins then put him in his crate for 20 mins and try again. You need to watch them CONSTANTLY. If you can't do that, then put him in an xpen with his litter box on one end and his bed on the other.

What is most important is consistency.
1. Feed the pup at the same time every day and when finished take him to the box. Take the puppy to the box immediately after he awakens from a nap and after a play time.

2. Keepthe pup in the same room withyou where you can watch him.

3. When you can't keep an eye on him, put him in the crate for no longer then 2 hours and then take him out immediately.

4. When you have to leave, put him in his xpen.

5. If you catch your pup in the act, don't spank, but tell him what you think and then rush him to the box.

6. Take water away 2-3 hours before bedtime at night.

7. Praise, praise, praise

8. Always use the same key phrase, such as "go potty", "hurry up", "business", etc.

I have taken these key points from the book HOW TO RAISE A PUPPY YOU CAN LIVE WITH. I works!!!!

What is hardest for all of us is being consistent. But is will work in time. Doing it this way, all of my dogs have been housebroken by the time they were 4 months of age. Hang in there, it is a learning time for everyone.
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Derek,

I found this old thread which may help. Scroll down and you see Tom King talk about the difference between potty training and house training. Potty training first and then they get more freedom.

Too much freedom too soon is no good. Sometimes they regress too after you thought they had it down and you have to start all over.

Hope it helps. Good luck. He is clearly on his way though. He has the pee thing down which is good.

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=195
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