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New Puppy....Need Advice

Hello to all. We are now the proud owners of a 4 1/2 month old Hav named Lacey. She has acclimated beautifully to our home, but am getting a bit stressed with house training. I am familiar with the ins and outs of the process, but do have some questions. We have had Lacey for a week now and have had 6 accidents. Not terrible I guess, but I think I was expecting a bit more success, since Lacey is a bit older. She does not and did not previously use wee wee pads. I find that she does not always tell us when she needs to go, so we are very much on top of her. What I am curious about is why she would pee outside and then in about 30 minutes need to pee again. This is when she usually has the accident, since I'm not really expecting it. Has anyone else experienced this with the Havanese breed? Could it be a possible urinary tract infection? She does excellent during the night. Crate is always dry, and she doesn't wake up to go out. Suggestions?
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Welcome and congratulations!!
6 accidents in the first week is actually REALLY fantastic!!!
These little guys and girls have VERY small bladders, so a 1/2 an hr can be a very long time!! Usually people will let thier pups have a very short time after they pee of free time in the house and then either crate or x-pen or take them back outside!!

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have you tried bells on the door? I have poochie bells http://poochie-pets.net/ and they work like a charm...it only took her about a day to catch on to ringing when she has to go out, and she does it all the time! Before she would stand by the door waiting for me, but the bells are great!!!

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They are smart little dogs but really hard to house break. My little one is now 8 months old and we just hit the 3 week mark without an accident (and only about 3 accidents in the past 2 months). She's finally "getting it" but i have to stay right on top of her and take her out frequently. I still wouldn't trust her with a full bladder to tell me she needs to go out.

If you see her drinking a lot of water (like after a long walk) then expect to take her out 2 or 3 times in the next couple hours. Also, don't distract her when she's peeing or she may not completely empty and just need to go again in 30 minutes. Don't scold her when you catch her going in the house, you'll just make her afraid to go in front of you and will set back her housebreaking (personal experience on this one).
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as soon as you see shes gone in the house, take her right outside, she'll learn outside it the only spot to go. like Tuss said, she probably didnt finish the 1st time... I know Gabby gets distracted by birds, sounds etc...

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When I bring Quincy out to do his business, I swear the whole neighborhood can hear me clapping and saying good boy to him LOL. We have quite the potty party outside when he goes out there. Don't get me wrong, he still has some accidents from time to time, but for the most part he is really good. He still doesn't give me clues as to when he has to go out, but I just bought some of the poochie bells to help with that. Either he's giving me the clues and I'm just not getting it or....well, I'm probably just not getting it LOL
I just try to stay on top of the time and notice when he's drinking a lot. it's not unusual for us to go outside to potty every two or so hours during the day. At night, he's fine and hasn't used the pee pad during the night since we've brought him home even though it's there for him just in case.
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have you tried bells on the door? I have poochie bells http://poochie-pets.net/ and they work like a charm...it only took her about a day to catch on to ringing when she has to go out, and she does it all the time! Before she would stand by the door waiting for me, but the bells are great!!!
I'm thinking of getting some kind of bell system and training my little guy to use it. How did you train your pup to ring the bell so quick? Any tips?
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I'm thinking of getting some kind of bell system and training my little guy to use it. How did you train your pup to ring the bell so quick? Any tips?
I would walk her to the door, and I would ring the bells every time we went out and say "ring the bells". She caught on that ringing the bells meant potty time outside. The next day she started to swat at them, not every time, but I would ring them and say "Gabby ring the bells" and got her to swat at them before we would go out (gave her LOTS of praise) & that was that. If I saw her standing by the door, I'd come down and say "ring the bells" and she would, then out we went. She took to them naturally and only rings them when she has to potty. I didnt start the bells until she was 7 months and I wish I had known about them earlier.. once I introduced the bells we never had any more accidents

It's so fantastic because you can take them with you and no matter whose house you are in, they know where to go for potty breaks.

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PS I think they come with instructions.. might even be on the website.. but that is what worked for me

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I have found the havs to be easy to potty train. But, I dont train to go outside. I use the ugodog. Otis is 7 months now, and I have fully trusted him for 2 months. He did good before that, I kept him confined to just a couple of rooms before that. Repetition works great for these guys though. They are super smart, for sure.
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