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3 mo- potty/formal training

Lily is now 3 mo. How long did it take your Havanese to get potty trained. I use the clicker and treat when she goes. And have the bell on door we ring she she goes out. I take her often bc I work from home.
And when did you do formal training , if you did, send to or meet with a trainer. ? Do you think it's needed? I know of a Trianer that Trina's police dogs but you have to send her for 2 weeks and she comes home for the weekend. My SIL Westie went and she is so well behaved. He takes them at 17 weeks.
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I think the first class I would look for would be a puppy class so she can get some socialization in now. They will start on basic training like sit, down, come, and walking on leash. You can reinforce and teach things at home. Puppies are like little sponges and pick up things quickly with positive reinforcement and treats. I would want to know a lot more about the doggie "boot camp" before considering it for my dog, especially what types of methods they use. As far as potty training goes it is a process where we are actually the ones that are trained in the beginning. I don't know what method you are using to potty train. Just make sure that if she is having accidents in the house that you limit her area of freedom until she is more reliable. Many use an indoor option too. I used the crate for potty training my last two dogs and it worked well for me.

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I started training all of mine the day they came home from the breeder... almost 8 years later, Kodi still trains every day, but that's just me.

I would never, EVER send a pet dog out for training. First, most of the places that take dogs for training use aversive training techniques that I don not agree with. Second, no one who is serious about dog training would tell ANYONE that ANY dog could be thoroughly trained in two weeks. Third, if someone else trains your dog, but YOU don't know how to reinforce that training, the dog will just slide back into its old ways.

Go to class WITH your puppy and learn together!
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I could not go two weeks without my puppy. I agree with the above. Enroll in puppy class as soon as possible and go with your sweety. Have your daughter come along as well. Every training class I've been a part of encourages family members, especially children to be actively involved in the process. In Sassy's puppy class, there's a young girl that does all of the handling in class, while her father supervises.

If you do a search for potty training on these forums, you will find many many threads with great advice! It's never too early or too late to train your dog, but the sooner the better!
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