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Am I doing it right?
Hi all. I am the happy owner of a 14 week black and white Havanese. We have had her for two weeks now and I just wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions for me.
Background: I have an 8yr old Portugese Water Dog and last summer we rehomed our 7 yr old Bichon. The Bichon we had before the PWD (we are his 2nd owner and have had him for 5 1/2 yrs, all is great)and raised her from a puppy so she grew up with our children. But I really think it wasn't a good fit.......she was too shy and never liked the kids. Even after we thought she was house trained she would pee or "mark" on their toys, backpacks, shoes etc. Even if these things were outside she would seek them out and mark on them. I worked with several breeders, our vet and a dog trainer and I just couldn't take it anymore so we found her a home with a retired couple. She is the only dog and is very happy.
So with this puppy I am in the mindset of not giving her too much freedom in the house. She has her crate, and a gated playpen area. She already seems to get the "go potty" command when we go outside, and will bark at night when she needs to go out. During the day she will bark also, but I don't always know if she needs to go out or just wants out of her pen to play. If she potties outside then I will set the timer for 30 minutes and let her play (on leash) inside.
The only accidents have happened when I couldn't get to her quick enough and that's only been a couple of times. Even though things are going great I realize this is a several month process. So is 6 months a good time frame or will it be closer to 1 year?
I am just so afraid of a repeat of problems that we had with our Bichon. I talked to this pup's breeder extensively and this pup has a much better "family" personality. Also she said she has heard of housebreaking problems with Bichon, even the Bichon breeders acknowledged they can be difficult to housetrain. But I have heard that about most small dogs.
So my main thoughts are being consistant on taking her out, restricted access to the house, and rewards. Is there anything else I'm missing or could do different?
Thank you for your help. I'm happy to be a new member. Our puppy's name is Chole and we are having so much fun with her!