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Wee Pads?

Hi! We are going to belong to a Havanese puppy at the end of Sept. I am already freaking a little. We have never had a little dog before. Is potty training really that much different from a bigger dog?

I went through puppyhood 3 yrs ago with our Aussie. I don't remember the housebreaking being an issue. We got her at 12 wks. The only accidents were when she had an urinary infection.

What is the deal with Wee Pads? Is this just one of those things I am going to have to do? My B-i-L's Boston Terrier used them. I find the whole idea repulsive. I am at home all day. Could I just haul the little guy outside every hour instead?

I know it is a silly question but I am a little baffled. Are they really that hard to train to go outside?

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You need to ask your breeder what method they use and how to progress from there. At the beginning is not the time to make a big change. Outside is an easy progression from any method.
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I guess they are probably more popular with small breeds for the whole 'smaller bladder' theories and whatnot. I trained both and it has worked fine for me with the only exception is that she thinks that bath mats/rugs are pee pads, but other than that..lol

She goes outside most of the time but its nice to have her pad trained for when it is raining or we are gone for more than a few hours. Sometimes she can't wake me up at night to take her out and so she'll use the pad, if I remember to put one out, if not..bath rugs are fair game! lol
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Our breeder litter-trained her puppies but it didn't work out too well for us. Since we're both home all day going outside works best for us. We put a bell on the door and Abby rings it when she needs to go potty (and sometimes when she doesn't)! I guess it depends on your climate but ours is pretty good all year - the only problem being rain. Her favorite spot during those times is DH's bathmat!

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Thanks! I am glad to hear that. Our Aussie is trained with the bell.

We keep hearing about their small bladders, scratch our heads, and wonder, "but they are small dogs. Of course, their bladders are smaller. Everything is smaller. Are their bladders disportionally smaller than normal?"

Well, I guess we will just have to wait and see.
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I must say that both Dizzie and Nellie have been harder to house train than other larger dogs we have had,but they have been so worth it.I wish I had pee pad trained them because when it rains really hard,Dizzie will sneak into the breakfast room which is tiled and have a sneaky pee under the table if he gets half a chance,he knows perfectly well not to do it ,but doesn't like getting soaked[who can blame him]although he doesn't mind the snow,actually he loves it.

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Is hating the rain an universal thing for Havs?

My Nessie, the Aussie, is evil. I think she purposely goes out in the rain because she LOVES being rubbed down with a towel. She lives up to her namesake.
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I've had many small dogs over the years and they have all hated the rain! So, I don't mind too much when Abby uses the bathmat - easy enough to wash! And, I don't blame her - I don't want to go out in the rain, either!

Gigi, at least Dizzie goes on the tile! Yes, sometimes I wish I had gotten her started with Pee Pads for situations like rain but I guess she thinks that is what the bathmat is! We tend to have heavy downpours here in south Georgia, too.

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Tybee (knock on wood) has potty trained very well. However, he peed all the time when he was small. Tiny amounts... all the time... Needless to say, we loved the wee pads. He still has them available (he is 6 mths old) when we leave the house or for those early mornings when we sleep in. He hardly ever uses them anymore though. He seems to prefer holding it and waiting to going outside.

Our local Pet supermarket has the little purina "dog litter" boxes - but we use them to put the wee pad in. It is cleaner that way. I suppose a low rubbermaid container would work as well as long as the puppy can climb into it - or cut an opening and tape it to make smooth.

I tried the wee pad holder (without raised edges) and it did not work at all.

BTW, we have found petsmart wee pads to be less expensive and work just as well.

Good Luck with your new puppy! Very exciting.
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Smile Pads Plus Outdoors a Plus

Hi all, I agree with Gucci's Mom. Having your Hav trained both outside and to the pad is a real plus. We are an older couple who got Keeper on February 1st when it was 20 degrees outside. No way was that baby going outside. The breeder had begun potty training on the pads. Keeper was really not a bigger training problem than any other puppy we've had. When the weather began to moderate, we took him outside and he quickly established his preference for the outdoors, but it's wonderful in heavy rain to just point to his pad and tell him to use it and he does! The one thing that is 'different' for perhaps only this dog is that he doesn't really 'tell' you when he needs to go out. I ask him and he comes to me and jumps up and I know that's a 'yes', but he doesn't alert me on his own. I think he's thinking he has an approved place to go so no problem.

As an added note, I'd love to get the pads out of the family room, but the breeder, who is a friend, told me she hasn't had a lot of luck moving the pad out of sight--they need to see it. Since Keeper uses it only about once a week, it isn't much of a problem in the family room.

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