Originally Posted by Steve Cappelson
Great! So what sort of box do you use and what type of litter do you prefer? Also I see a lot of differing opinions on how easy/difficult it is to house break a Havanese???
Oh, and as far as how difficult is it? I did not find it difficult. (and really, this is no different for a Havanese than any other small breed dog, and they are FAR easier than some toy breeds!) It just takes time. (and the amount of time varies as much with puppies as it does with small children) I think it is as difficult or as easy as you make it. The more diligent you are from the very beginning about supervision and confinement the faster the puppy will be reliable, and the more freedom you can give them... with the goal being as close to "errorless" potty training as you can possibly make it. Understanding that there will ALWAYS be mistakes, so give yourself a break when they happen!
...they just should be few and far between! But also understand that every mistake also sets back your training (which is really a matter of forming good habits (teaching the puppy where he SHOULD go) which is why it is so important to avoid them.
The people who have trouble are those who give the puppy too much freedom too soon, especially if the puppy is successful in a small space in the first few weeks and they consider the puppy "trained". They are often in for a rude surprise. Go slowly in expanding territory. Supervision means full attention, eyes-on. Not watching TV while the puppy plays loose on the first floor, or even in the room with you. If you can't give eyes-on, full-attention supervision, that's fine. No one can all the time. Then the puppy belongs in his ex-pen, with his potty box.
I didn't give ANY of mine unsupervised full-house freedom for over a year, even though there were no mistakes for months before that. But part of the reason that there WERE no mistakes was that I was cautious.
And, quite honestly, mine STILL are always gated in my office when we are out of the house because I feel that they are safer in a smaller, more confined space. You never know what will get into even an adult dog's head when left to their own devices for an extended period!