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Try taking her out more often, even every 20 minutes, and use confinement to keep her contained in between trips. Once it clicks for her what you want her to do outside you can go back to once an hour and then start stretching it out. If you contain her someplace with her bed, like an small ex pen or crate, she will hold it there and she’ll be more likely to pee when you go out - therefore more likely to figure out what you want her to do outside.
Because she’s a tiny dog and has a tiny bladder, I sort of see it as two parts to potty training - the teaching/training part and the physical development. it will probably take longer for her to be able to hold it for long blocks of time and be reliable enough to roam around the house, even up to or past a year old. The good news is that Havanese are super smart so if you intensify your teaching and are really consistent, you’ll be able to quickly stretch out your potty breaks to a more manageable amount of time, such as every 4 hours, while she’s growing and developing. Just dont stretch out the time if she is having accidents.
Also, first potty in the morning was always a great opportunity for me because I knew my puppy would always go right away so I could make a huge deal out of it and give treats and he really remembered that.
Mine started letting me know he needed to poop as a little puppy, but he didn’t start letting me know he needed to pee until much, much later, after a year old.