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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-04-2016, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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Seperation anxiety and Potty training

So, My pup is 7 months old. I work 8 to 5. So I decided to train my pup to be alone and thats why i keep it in the crate all day (It will come out for lunch and potty). Although my brother stays in home temporarily, we still keep in the crate and out of our sight in a different room through out the day.

It used to do pretty good for 2 months. It goes and barks for few mins and then goes to sleep. But now a days it slowly starts hating it. Now a days it barks for 30 to 45 mins before it settles down.

I am wondering if I am fixing and training to him be alone or am I making it worse.

The same with potty training.
It got used to going out and holds in crate and pen for up to 4 hours and 8 hours (at nights). But whenever its left free in the house, it wont hold for more than 2 hours. It tries to sneak and find a moment when we are not seeing and finishes the job.

Any suggestion welcome.
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I'm sorry to say, but I think your pup is not getting the love and attention it needs. The Havanese are a very loving breed and only wants to be with its family. To train it to be in a crate as long as you do is not good and when your brother is home ignoring the pup just adds to the problem. As for the potty training, the pup needs to be supervised at all times, I chose to keep Bowie tethered to me and would take him out after eating, sleeping, and playing. He now has free run of the house and is asking to go out. Other owners keep the pup in gated areas when not able to keep their eyes on the pup. I'm hoping these tips help you!

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At the very least you should have your pup in an expen or small dedicated room (eg laundry) and not a crate for that amount of time. He should have a bed, indoor toilet, water, toys, food puzzle and some room to move.
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ditto to the above. Your brother has to do more . And if he goes, you should have some one come in for a couple of hours and walk and play with your dog.
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I have to agree with Bowie's mom. This breed just loves to be around people and be a part of the family. I do not mean to be rude, but in my opinion leave this puppy in a crate for this period of time in cruel. Perhaps you might consider finding the puppy a new home.
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I too think he is in his crate by himself too long. We brought Loki home at 10 weeks. I leave for work about 8:30 and my husband gets home around 5. Since the beginning I get up early with him and play. During the summer when it was so hot, we would go for a walk - starting at 10 minutes - and then he would eat while I dressed. I had the walkers come for 2 puppy walks a day - about 10 minutes late morning and mid-afternoon. He was left in the expen with bedding, pee pad, toys, and a hamster water bottle. In the evenings we would play and walk again or go to puppy kindergarten. Walks have gradually gotten longer and he is now 99% housebroken. Once I was sure he wouldn't chew he now gets to stay babygated in the kitchen and family room. I know he plays with his toys while I am gone because I put them all in the toy box before I leave in the morning and they are all over the floor when I get home. He still has access to the expen for the pee pad and his bed. The dog walkers now come for two 15 minute walks during the day and I walk him for 30 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes at night, in addition to playing fetch and watching him run zoomies. Sometimes he has used the pee pad but most of the time it is dry. I am thinking of moving to one 30 minute walk during the day in the new year. Also, the walkers give him a small kong with frozen wet food in it when they leave. It might be overkill but I think it helps him pass the day. I didn't do a very good job making him like the crate/expen when the door is closed and I am home but he is ok once we leave. But I know that is he more content in the kitchen/family room.

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My first thoughts are why would you get a dog, especially a Havanese, if you are gone all day long and the poor puppy is caged and alone. Havanese were bred to be companion animals. Most good breeders will not sell a Havanese to anyone who will not be able to give the dog a decent amount of attention. Put yourself in the dog's place. Dog's have the intelligence of a three year old (at least). Would you put a three year old alone in a cage for 10-11 hours a day? In order to develop into a sociable lovable companion you need to extend the same courtesy to the pup that you would hope to be given to you. You also kept referring to your pup as "it". Tells me a lot.

My suggestion is to give your puppy to someone who can be with her/him and love it the way he/she should be loved and cared for. There are other breeds that are more independent than the Havanese. An older dog that is already adjusted to that type of a life might be a better option for you and the dog.
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Well, thanks for your CANDID comments.
Its my first dog and have to learn a lot.

I already stopped putting him in crate, now its only either in a room or Ex-Pen with all his toys.
I have to see now how will it cope when we go out.

It still gets walks pretty much every 3 hours.

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