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Hi everyone--we will be getting our Havanese puppy sometime in the late January/early February time frame and it will be really cold in Ohio. My husband is not enthusiastic about pad or litter training, but it would be great in many ways. I'd like to train to both pad and outdoors. We've housetrained several dogs successfully; most recently our beloved Bolognese, Scampi, who died in March. Does anyone have thoughts on this? Thanks so much.
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We love having the litter box available. It's easy to clean, inexpensive and biodegradable. Kodi has had no trouble learning that either "out" or the box are acceptable alternatives, and it means that we don't HAVE to be up at 6 AM to let him out to potty.

My feeling is that at least for us, the litter box actually has shortened the potty training curve by giving him an acceptable option inside the house fow when he can't make it outside.

We only used pads for the first few weeks, and then not the way most people do. Our breeder showed us how to make "porta-potties" for Kodi when we needed to let him potty in places where it was questionable whether it was safe to put him on the ground. We put a handful of the wood pellets on the pad so that he knew what he was supposed to do on it, and then put him down on the pad to go. It worked great, but obviously, we only needed it until he'd had his shots and it was safe to let him find his own spot.

I've heard a number of people say that their Havs tear pads up. (I guess this isn't surprising since they seem to love tearing ANY paper up!<g>) We didn't have this problem, but then, he was never left alone with one either.


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Thanks so much, Krandall, this is really hopeful and Kodi sounds like a real winner. Have a great day.
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Pixie uses the Ugodog. I line it with newspaper. It has worked great-it's maybe the best purchase I've made for her. I love this concept because you buy the Ugodog device and never have to buy anything else again-I always have newspaper around.
She also knows it's fine to go outside.

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Thanks!

These replies are so helpful--thanks and I'll look up the UgoDog. Your little one is adorable.
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I started Capote on a pee pad when he was a puppy. He loovved tearing them up..lol. When I moved to the new house he just started holding it on his own. (for about 8 hours) ..so I'd come home to no messes and a torn up pee pad.. lol. So we stopped using them.

Taylor was a breeze. She came housebroken from the humane society so I didn't have to do anything with her. She's better at it than Capote is.

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This forum is great!

Thanks, Capote's Mom. Helpful info since I do know the Havanese are paper shredders, as was our Bolognese.
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There are trays you can buy for the puppy pads, that hold the pad down. This helped us when Miley wanted to shred the pads.

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There are trays you can buy for the puppy pads, that hold the pad down. This helped us when Miley wanted to shred the pads.

...SOUNDS like a good idea, doesn't it? Wanna buy mine? Capote would just shred the interior of the pee pad and then pull it apart from there. lol

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The trays do allow shredding. Ugodog or Wizdog are trays with a grid over the pad so they can't shred it.

Lola started out in a litter box, but she wanted to chew the paper pellets, so I switched to the Wizdog. She goes on the Wizdog when it is raining, or I am busy.

Lola will only pee on it, though. She never pees and poops in the same place. So we go outside for poop.

Shirley - if you read through the many threads on potty training, you may get an idea of what you are in for. Havs can be notoriously difficult to potty train. If your breeder has started your pup on the way, all the better for you. Many do not. Read advice from member Tom King. It helps to focus you pup on learning what "go potty" (or whatever your phrase is) means so you can get to the point where he will go on command. Many owners who have yards where the pups can roam spend endless minutes/hours taking the dog out and waiting for him to go. I live in the city, so my dog was always on a leash and we went to one area specifically to go potty. It helped her learn the concept.

And even then we had backsliding when I boarded her for a weekend. Oy, it can be a trial. The more advanced prep you do the better your experience will be!

Good luck, and welcome to the Forum!

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