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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!
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I read a lot that Havs are hard to house train, and just planned on being rigid with my training system. I didn't consider Tucker fully trustworthy until around 1 year old, but, I allowed no chance for him to have accidents in the house to test it out. He seemed to have no clue until he turned 5 months, then I could see the little light bulb go on in his head and the REAL training started from that point on for us.

I've read of a few Havs here on the Forum that learned much earlier, but they seem to be an exception.

By the way... we NEED pictures!!

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I have three and Bailey was the easiest to train (though lately we're dealing with marking). Milo took the longest, but he had a few obstacles to get past in his early days. Just don't give too much freedom in the house till your baby shows reliability with pottying.

Good luck and I agree. We need photos.

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You could look up some threads on potty training here on the forum - but it sounds like you're doing all the right things.

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At this age, and probably for the next 5 or 6 months, it's all about habit and not about understanding on their part. Sounds like you are on the right track.
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HI and

I have nothing really to add, advice already given is great and it sounds like you have a good plan in place
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Congratulations on your new puppy and welcome to the Forum.

I agree with Tom and would continue the limited area. I was religious with Smarty and watched her every move. She was house trained very early and only has accident on their pee pads when the weather is too bad to go outside. Galen is a different story all together, she is still a work in progress at times

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Thanks everyone for your comments! It all really helps to be able to talk it over with people who are interested

After reading something someone posted on another thread, I think I'm going to get some special "potty" treats that we will use only for potty time. Right now she seems to go everytime I take her out, and I've been saying "go potty" so she associates the command with the action (hopefully) and then praising her. We would also give her a few pieces of her food as a reward, but I'm thinking a special treat would help reinforce it even more.

Thanks again!!
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A lot of people do use treats. We don't. We only use treats for teaching a behavior that we want them to do. "Going potty" is something they HAVE to do. While treats will add encouragement, we hear a lot of times about puppies squatting in front of the owner because they want a treat.

Just watch diligently, and develop good habits.
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Thanks everyone for your comments! It all really helps to be able to talk it over with people who are interested

After reading something someone posted on another thread, I think I'm going to get some special "potty" treats that we will use only for potty time. Right now she seems to go everytime I take her out, and I've been saying "go potty" so she associates the command with the action (hopefully) and then praising her. We would also give her a few pieces of her food as a reward, but I'm thinking a special treat would help reinforce it even more.

Thanks again!!
Be sure and have the treat with you and give it as soon as they are done pottying. Always use a phrase like lets go potty in a chipper voice and outside say potty. It is very important that they have a way to commuicate that they need to go. Some use bells, I use a door bell . Good Luck.

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