3 weeks into the Puppy Journey..... - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
Puppy Area * Do not advertise dogs for sale here*

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
hartnurse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 53
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
3 weeks into the Puppy Journey.....

Hey all!
Seda has officially been our baby girl 3 weeks today Already, it's hard to remember what our days/nights were like before her arrival..lol!
She is active, playful, mischievious and just plain adorable!

A few of our current dilemmas:
It's time for her 1st "at home " bath. She is 13wks old. I plan to use Pantene for this bath as I've noticed that several forum users have used this. Do I need to dilute the shampoo? Should I use the Pantene conditioner. Is there something more appropriate that I can pick up at Petsmart?

Potty training..Ugh! Right now she is successfully using the pad in her x-pen about 50% of the time. Her wire crate is attached with the door open. Because she was seemingly not wanting to pee/poop in the same place intitially, I took the advice of a forum user and reduced the size of the pen and added a second pad. (The pads are in pad holders). Nevertheless, there are times she finds a little corner or spot on the pen floor to tinkle. I've tried to catch her and redirect, but she is able to empty at lightening speed and has nothing left when I get her to the pad . Yesterday I caught her starting to squat in the crate but by the time I could get her out to the pad, she had once again tinkled already. She has also chosen one of the pads as a place to sleep/chill! The weather is finally warming here in Chicago and we would love to have her outside to play, but we really need her pad trained as we have days when we are both at work and need her to learn to use the pad. I am afraid if we have her outside to much and she chooses to eliminate while we are outside, it will sabotage our efforts to teach her the pads are her potty spot.

ANY and ALL advise would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!

Happy St. Pat's to all!!!
hartnurse is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 02:54 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 39
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
She is precious

I don't know about the shampoo--I always just use doggie shampoos on my babies. I use puppy shampoo til they're grown up or until their coats start getting long enough that they need something more.

For the potty training, it can really be a challenge. I was still having potty training woes with my Bichon up til she was a year old, so I'm hoping the Havvie will be easier, lol. One tip I can recommend though... if she pees on the floor, use the pad to soak it up and then leave it there (i.e. don't get rid of it). Then every time you see her circling, pick her up and put her near the soiled part of the pad for her to sniff. They usually start getting the message pretty fast. When I got Pepper on Sunday, she had no idea what the pads were but now she's using them almost every time due to this tactic. Fingers crossed.


Tina, Pepper, Evie, and Einstein
Bellatrixed is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 07:53 PM
Elissa's and Ceylon's Mom
 
heatherk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 965
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 7 Times in 7 Posts
Hi there,

I am no expert but I would start with puppy shampoo or baby shampoo... I gave Ceylon (12 weeks old yesterday) his first official 'bath' a few days ago and we didn't even make it to the shampoo - just getting him wet and rubbing him down was about all he could take, even with lots of praise and treats. I don't know how most puppy's first baths go, but if I were you I wouldn't necessarily count on a full shampoo and conditioning . Good luck tho, and please take pictures!
heatherk is offline  
 
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 08:05 PM
Elissa's and Ceylon's Mom
 
heatherk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 965
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 7 Times in 7 Posts
Also, with Cey we started by trying to use the pads initially, but his sitter used the bells-on-the-door method and always took him outside. So, we put bells on our door too, and now he almost always (90-95% of the time for peeing, but he doesn't do quite as well for pooping for some reason) rings the bells when he wants to go when we are home (though it took a while). And although he still doesn't really use the pads when he is alone and locked in the kitchen, he never really used them to begin with (i.e., not much loss there), the messes are easy to clean up in the kitchen, and it hasn't seemed to have affected his potty training insofar as ringing the bells to go out the rest of the time. (In fact, he sometimes rings the bells for attention when he thinks we aren't giving him as much attention as he deserves, since he has figured out that we will ALWAYS get up to let him out haha! So we got a long lead and when he is ringing the bells every 5 minutes, we put him on the lead and leave him out by himself for a few minutes. As long as potty training continues to happen, we are fine with that!)

If you really want to indoor train before you outdoor train, have you considered the other indoor potty solutions (the grassy thing, or the doggie litter box)? Might be worth a try, especially since from what I have read, a lot of Havs seem eventually figure out that the potty pads make GREAT toys to play with... lol.
heatherk is offline  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 08:19 PM
Senior Member
 
The Laughing Magpie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 3,335
Submit Photo: 4
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 13 Posts
It's nice to hear things are going well. Potty training is the hardest part and is different for everyone, just as people are different so are dogs. Sometimes after trying one type of training for awhile you may have to try something else or you may find your needs for your pup have changed. Even the older pups can go at lighting speed, difference is there is more (bladder is larger) so you have a better chance of redirecting on the spot.

Myself I have always used the puppy shampoo until they were bigger, most of them will not burn the eyes. Do be sure to not wet inside the ears!!!! Don't forget we need more pictures.

Robbie, Boo Boo, Yogi, and Misty's human.
Poohkey miss you, monkey.
The Laughing Magpie is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 09:18 PM
Evelyn
 
whimsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Chicago burbs
Posts: 4,652
Submit Photo: 4
Photo Submissions 30 Times in 28 Posts
We got Whimsy last May at around 10 weeks of age. She was trained to go indoors on a pee-pad for the very start, but that didn't stop us from taking her outside in the yard to play and get a bit of exercise. She just turned a year old, uses her inside pee-pad, but will go outside if we are out playing now that the weather is getting nicer. She never asks to go out and pee as she is totally trained to go inside which fits our lifestyle perfectly.
Patience and persistance is the key I think. Whimsy's breeder started her pups using pee pads at a very early age, so she was used to using them by the time we got her.
I picked up some puppy shampoo and conditioner at Petsmart and it worked just fine. I think it was made top paw or something like that. Some of the shampoos are so expensive! God, I don't even spend that much on my own hair products LOL

whimsy is offline  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-17-2011, 10:38 PM
Truly Scrumptious
 
West End Girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Canada
Posts: 138
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
Oh wow.......we have the opposite issue.

Our Lola uses her pee pad exclusively..... a real pro! Even when she's romping around in other rooms in the house, she will stop when the urge strikes her and run to her pee pad that's in our bathroom.

But we REALLY want her to start going outside. We began yesterday and she's catching on beautifully. Even more amazing is her walking on the leash as though she were born with it! Truly a natural. I'm shocked.

Anyways........I honestly cannot figure out whether she should be going out 100% of the time to do her business, or if it's best she use BOTH methods. I've never had a dog trained to use the potty indoors, so this is bit new (and odd) to me!
West End Girl is offline  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 12:59 PM
Metrowest, MA
 
krandall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 23,693
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 300 Times in 298 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by West End Girl View Post
Oh wow.......we have the opposite issue.

Our Lola uses her pee pad exclusively..... a real pro! Even when she's romping around in other rooms in the house, she will stop when the urge strikes her and run to her pee pad that's in our bathroom.

But we REALLY want her to start going outside. We began yesterday and she's catching on beautifully. Even more amazing is her walking on the leash as though she were born with it! Truly a natural. I'm shocked.

Anyways........I honestly cannot figure out whether she should be going out 100% of the time to do her business, or if it's best she use BOTH methods. I've never had a dog trained to use the potty indoors, so this is bit new (and odd) to me!
My guess is that if you live in Ontario, there will be days in the future when you will be VERY glad that Lola will use pee pads as well as going out doors. We live in N.E., and even here there are cold wet days, or times in the middle of a blizzard, when Dave hasn't shoveled yet, that I'm MIGHTY glad that Kodi has an indoor potty option and will use it!


Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
(ARCHMX Starborn Kodak Moment CGC, NTD, BN, PCD, NA, NAJ, CDX-CCH, RE, RLV, RL1X3, RL2X4, RL3X3...
plus Starborn's Picture Perfect & Nauti Herd Compact Flash RN, CGC, NTD, SN-C, RL1)






krandall is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome