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We did not use the ex-pen during the day, but were lucky enough to have a completely pad-trained puppy from the breeder. Also lucky to be retired, and could watch the puppy every minute! He was crated at night, watched during the day, and crated whenever we left him, which was rare that first six months. We soon learned where to put his pads, for awhile we had two upstairs and three downstairs in slightly different areas of the family room- he knew exactly where they were and would run to them. We then started cutting back pads, until we only had one... it took awhile, with many trips outside and tons of praise, but he never really had a real "mistake" which would be using the floor with no pad. This whole process took about a year, but we live in Chicago and winter was a little harder. SoCal should go smoother, as you can be outdoors more, so more options for outdoor potty and praise. We also trained him to pee on command, poop is more difficult but he will try, and he definitely knows what we want when we give the command.
(I don't know if other havi owners do this, but we continue to praise every elimination, even though he is completely outdoor housebroken. Whenever he poos or pees, he looks at me as to say "bring it on, tell me I am fabulous".