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Hi, we just joined this fantastic site. We have just become the proud new parents of Maddie. She is approximately 14 months old. A beautiful little Havanese girl. She is loving, sweet, beautiful, but oh so on her own time little one. In the first 2 weeks of having her, she was doing so well on going potty outside. The past 3 weeks have been the complete opposite. I still take her out on a regular basis (just as I did when we first got her) but she has started doing her big job in the house. In the beginning when this started she would go by the french doors (door we use to take her outside) so I thought maybe I was missing some signal. So we started watching her very closely. Long story short..she now does her big job behind a chair, in a corner, literally everywhere. I take her out, stand there with her, but to no avail. She does her tinkle outside but will not do the other. HELP!!
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Hi Maddie's Mom and Dad,

What a sweetheart. After housebreaking several dogs, I think our vet's 'take' on the situation is right on. He said 'don't take your eye off them for 5 months'. Sounds daunting and certainly requires attention and time, but it works. When we were housebreaking Keeper, I planned to 'catch' him in big business mode (and I mean in the middle of it', say 'no' firmly and transport him outside or to the potty pad, whichever you have chosen. It worked. Catching them in the act is really the only enforcement since afterwards they have no clue what they did wrong.

Good luck with Maddie--she's beautiful.

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Welcome to the forum, David and Sandy! A lot of people tether the pup to them with the leash in the house until they become reliable. If you think you could be missing signals you might also try using bells at the door. They make bells specifically for this but I just buy some to hang on the door at Christmas (good time to get them now) and they work just as well. Just take her paw and hit the bells each time she goes out and she will get the message in no time flat! Good luck with the training! I'm sure you will get lots of good input from the forum.

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We also use the bell method. Will came home at 8 weeks and we started using his paw to ring the bell every time we took him out. Literally within a week or so he would do it himself and has been ever since. He is now 5 months old and does not have accidents in the house.
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Welcome to forum! Maddie is adorable, I love that picture!

It sounds like it's become a habit for her now so like Keeper's mom said, I think you have to catch her in the middle of it, say a firm "no" and immediately take her outside. Good luck, I know how frustrating potty training can be.

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Thank you to all of you for your welcome to the forum. It is the best and we love looking at all the beautiful babies. We love this breed. They are so cute and so expressive. We are going to put all of your suggestions to use. Will keep you posted. Do you have particular foods that you find are more healthy or better accepted by your babies?

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Thank you to all of you for your welcome to the forum. It is the best and we love looking at all the beautiful babies. We love this breed. They are so cute and so expressive. We are going to put all of your suggestions to use. Will keep you posted. Do you have particular foods that you find are more healthy or better accepted by your babies?
I think if you ask 10 different Hav owners here what they feed, you'll get 9 different answers.

The important points are:

1. Pick a premium quality food (or make your own)
2. Avoid any known allergy ingredients for your particular dog (every dog is different)
3. DON'T let the dog drive the process. Pick a good quality food and stick to it. Otherwise, you'll end up with a picky pooch who is driving you crazy trying to tempt him to eat! Healthy dogs NEVER starve to death... they will eat when they are hungry.


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Welcome to the forum,
Your Maddie is so cute. I have been so involved with me that I missed welcoming your Maddie. Can you post some more pictures please we all love pictures When she does go out side get really excited I call it having a party . I use treats every time. I tell her what a good girl she is. My new puppy Zoey a 10 week old came to me trained on potty pads. It has been four days and she has only had a few misses. I have been taking her out a lot and I am going to try to teach the bell. Maddie never caught on to the bell she would just touch it lightly with her nose and I could not hear it. I bought a Christmas bell I might buy a better one. I tried to tie a play rope to it so she would pull harder but that did not work. Maddie puts her paws up on the door to ask to go out.
I choose Blue Buffallo small bite puppy food. I like it because the added DHA is freeze dried as apposed to cooked. I read that the cooked stuff is to hot and the vitamins get cooked out.

Maddie at 5mo old

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Welcome, David and Sandy and Maddie! Yes, more pictures, please! And larger than your avatar. From that, it looks like she has an awfully cute face!

On the potty issue, are you giving her run of the whole house, or too big of an area, if she is going behind furniture. I am thinking you need to shrink the area she has available to be in for the time being, so that she can't be out of your sight. We kept Augie confined to the kitchen and family room area for nearly a year, before he was allowed run of the downstairs portion of our house. When we were gone, it was just the kitchen. That is where his UgoDog was kept. I am by no means any expert on potty training. I think we just really lucked out. Also, when she goes potty in the correct place, throw her a huge 'party' with treats and praise. Augie is very treat driven, so that worked great for him.

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Welcome, David and Sandy and Maddie! Yes, more pictures, please! And larger than your avatar. From that, it looks like she has an awfully cute face!

On the potty issue, are you giving her run of the whole house, or too big of an area, if she is going behind furniture. I am thinking you need to shrink the area she has available to be in for the time being, so that she can't be out of your sight. We kept Augie confined to the kitchen and family room area for nearly a year, before he was allowed run of the downstairs portion of our house. When we were gone, it was just the kitchen. That is where his UgoDog was kept. I am by no means any expert on potty training. I think we just really lucked out. Also, when she goes potty in the correct place, throw her a huge 'party' with treats and praise. Augie is very treat driven, so that worked great for him.
I don't think you just got lucky... I think you set Augie up for success, and then kept him in an area where he would continue being successful for long enough that he established good potty habits. Many people expect too much too soon.

If a puppy (or older dog) is having problems with pottying, you need to take a set (or more) back, no matter what the age or how "reliable" they were before.


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