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Introducing Spud and Tater

Hi there,

My name is Christine and my family and I are the proud new owners of 2 havanese boys. They are as different as night and day in personalities, but a huge joy. They are 10 weeks old, and we have already started some basic training. I love how receptive and malleable they are. Our Tater is really taking after his name sake though, he is extremely mellow, and I am having a hard time keeping him motivated during training. I have tried a couple of different treats, but the only time he is really interested in them is when he is hungry. Spud on the other hand is always in the mood for a treat. Would anyone have a treat recommendation that might really get Tater's engine revved?
We are also working on potty training. They seem to be doing pretty well, but as we are in the process of changing households they are being corralled in the kitchen, so they haven't had the opportunity to really explore their environment. Tater is definitely the superstar of potty training, he rarely uses the pee pads (2 or 3 times a day) and almost exclusively peeing outside. Spud on the other hand seems to think anywhere new deserves his pee (a boy thing I know). With training I think he will get better with this, but I wonder if the pee pads are not a detriment to our training for them. So should we keep the pee pads or do outdoor training exclusively?
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Welcome! If you want training t go better, make sure Tater is hungry when you want to have your training sessions. At 10 weeks, he is probably eating 3 times per day, and a 5 minute training session (or less!) before each meal is plenty for a pup of this age. Different dogs have different favorite treats, so it's really hard to say what will strike his fancy. Try to stay away from highly processed "grocery store" treat foods. Stick to natural ingredients with few preservatives, or better yet, "real" foods like cheese, pieces of lean meat from your dinner the night before, boiled chicken, etc. Remember to reduce the amount he gets at meal time to compensate for the amount of food you are giving him during training. (which is FINE as long as you are using good quality food for training)

Kodi came to us litter box trained, and we've never used pee pads. That said, the whole kitchen seems like too much space for them unless they are entirely reliable on the pee pads. I can tell you that most pups who ahve an indoor potty place transition VERY easily to using the outdoors too, and it is REALLY convenient to have an indoor option when traveling or in bad weather.


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Welcome!...Just wanted to say how utterly adorable they are!! Great names too!!!

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. I can tell you that most pups who ahve an indoor potty place transition VERY easily to using the outdoors too, and it is REALLY convenient to have an indoor option when traveling or in bad weather.
Your puppies are adorable and I like their names.

Yes indeed. I can attest to what Karen said. Lucy is litter-box trained but Charlie is not. It really came in handy last night when it was raining so hard and Lucy and I stayed nice and dry while Husband and Charlie got all wet. :<

I am basically a newbie here but in my exerience, it's better to focus on one place at a time until the puppies are potty-reliable, either outside or on the pee pad/litter box. I never used a pee pad. Did the breeder begin your furbabies on pee pads? That's what Charlie's breeder did and he just never got the hang of the litter box when he came to us. I didn't want to use the pads since we already had a litter box so that's why we focused on outside.

You're a brave Hav owner to tackle two puppies' potty training at the same time but you can do it! Consistency in timing and place will pay off.
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Thanks for the replies, and the words of encouragement. The kitchen is a pretty large area, but I am hoping to work on crate training once we get moved next week. I have always crate trained my dogs and find it very useful, and my dogs have always loved their crates. These fellas were being litter trained in the breeders home, but I cant find a box the appropriate size. The only ones I have found are for cats and it seems a bit too small for them to aim into while doing the poopy dance. And thanks for saying our fellas are handsome
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Welcome and congratulations! adore thier names! LOL

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What dolls - I assume they are littermates? I too have littermate boys, about 10 1/2 weeks old. They have been so much fun! I am potty training them both using the potty patch inside and outside. I work during the day and they stay in the laundry room with the potty patch, then outside the rest of the time. I think it is working well. I have had them at home for 2 weeks now and they go to the back door when they want to go out. Have fun with them! They are adorable!!

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Thanks for the replies, and the words of encouragement. The kitchen is a pretty large area, but I am hoping to work on crate training once we get moved next week. I have always crate trained my dogs and find it very useful, and my dogs have always loved their crates. These fellas were being litter trained in the breeders home, but I cant find a box the appropriate size. The only ones I have found are for cats and it seems a bit too small for them to aim into while doing the poopy dance. And thanks for saying our fellas are handsome
I'd go back to the litter box for several reasons. First, your boys already understand it. Second, many dogs confuse pee pads with scatter rugs, which are, for then and always, fair game for pottying. Third, litter is much more environmentally friendly than pee pads (to say nothing about less expensive!).

I use Rascal Dog litter boxes and really like them, but they are expensive. Several people recently have been using large, shallow, Sterilite boxes from Walmart or stores of that type. These are very inexpensive, and if the edge is too high, it's pretty easy to cut it down to an appropriate height.


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Welcome! Your guys are adorable, can't wait to hear more and watch them grow.

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