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4 months & needing encouragement!

Hi everyone! I'm new here and am so excited to find you guys! My havanese, Chester, will be 4 months old tomorrow & I'm about to pull my hair out. ha! We have a doggie door at our house & I thought that Chester would catch onto potty training a lot easier than he is. I have a basset who stays inside & is fully potty trained and I don't worry about him. I totally understand that Chester is a baby and is having to learn, but I feel like a HUGE part of my day is spent out in the yard saying..."Go Potty"..."Good Boy Chester" etc.. & yet no progress on the potty training. Chester has learned to use the doggie door and goes in and out of it just fine. BUT he doesn't associate using it to go do his business outside! I do not work outside of the home so I'm home for the majority of the time & feel like I'm "watching" Chester most of it. I'm just getting tired. Please don't think I'm a bad person... I'm just getting really tired of cleaning up poo & pee from the floor. ha! Needing any encouragement I can get right now.
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I may be the only one that has this situation, even if I had a doggy door Smarty would want me to be there when she pees or poops. I spend a lot of my time outside also. She does let me know when she wants to go out and she is very house trained. But she has never gone out alone, if I am busy when she lets me know it is time and I just open the door for her she sits on the porch until I come out.

Probably before long he will start letting you know he has to go. But I would not depend on that doggy door, Havs love company even to pee and poop.

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I would be going back to the dead basics.

-Leave the door closed.
-Bring him out every hour or two to go to the bathroom.
-As this progresses and you trust him more, extend the time between going out.
-Get a black light to check for mistakes
-Get an enzyme cleaner ie OUT or Nature's Miracle for old and new messes
-If he plays and has a RLH take him out right away on a leash after he is done
-30 minutes after he eats take him out to do poos
-Praise the heck out of him when he goes out.
-Ply him, bribe him with treats if you have too!!~can work in your favor or nip you in the butt!
-If after 5-10 minutes nothing. Put him in a crate for a bit and try again.

After he gets the idea that outside is to do business 1st and play second you can try keeping the door open again, but still leashing him and sending him out. Soon he should get it and be out on his own!

This is method we use and used in the past. Sully doesn't get treats for going out side as he is already house trained. But, he is leased when he goes out till after he does his bid-ness!

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I would be going back to the dead basics.

-Leave the door closed.
-Bring him out every hour or two to go to the bathroom.
-As this progresses and you trust him more, extend the time between going out.
-Get a black light to check for mistakes
-Get an enzyme cleaner ie OUT or Nature's Miracle for old and new messes
-If he plays and has a RLH take him out right away on a leash after he is done
-30 minutes after he eats take him out to do poos
-Praise the heck out of him when he goes out.
-Ply him, bribe him with treats if you have too!!~can work in your favor or nip you in the butt!
-If after 5-10 minutes nothing. Put him in a crate for a bit and try again.

After he gets the idea that outside is to do business 1st and play second you can try keeping the door open again, but still leashing him and sending him out. Soon he should get it and be out on his own!

This is method we use and used in the past. Sully doesn't get treats for going out side as he is already house trained. But, he is leased when he goes out till after he does his bid-ness!
All good advise and I agree. Acutally carry him to the area you want him to use, stay and watch him, saying the command only, and then be quiet and slyly watch him. If he gets "off track", then give the command again. When he goes, PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE. Also, I would not give him free run of the house, be sure he is in a smaller area of the house with you. If you must leave that area you can always tether him to you too.
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Chester, I know it is hard, but stick with it. It will pay off later on. As all said, go back to basics. Keep him in a small area and take him out regularly. I would not let him use the doggy door till he figures out that outside is for potty. Once he realizes it, you can tell him it is time to potty and then lead him out the door. I did use treats for potty and it worked well for me with all three of my dogs. They knew if they went outside, they would get a treat. They had to sit for the treat, but after they went & got their treat, we had a big "potty party" - praising like crazy!!! Logan took much longer to "get it" than my girls did, but he finally figured out where he is supposed to go. Good luck and keep us advised - hope we can help.!!
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Oh yea the "potty party" really helped me with Monte. Of course the neighbors thought I was nuts until they saw me doing the crazy walk to get Riley to heal that's when they were ready to put me in the nut house LOL
It is really really amazing how much these guys LOVE to be praised for doing what you want. Don't worry Chester things will come to gether for you.

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He's only 4 mos, so just give him time and be patient. I was about to give up on Kodi, but he trained by 7 mos. Shelby is a different story. She will be one in a few weeks, and she still isn't 100% trained. I know most of it is my fault. I was much more attentive to Kodi, because he was my only one at the time. I got a little lax with the second pup.

It is funny to watch her wake up from a sound sleep, jump off the couch and maske a mad dash to the pee pad. She is very good when it comes to poop and always goes on the pad. Pee is a different story. Maybe she waits too long and just can't hold her bladder. I would say she is about 90% trained.


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I feel your pain. I too have a 4 mo. Havanese and work from home. Sometimes I get so involved in what I'm doing, I'll forget 2 hours has passed. So, I'll set a timer that reminds to take him out. If he's asleep, I'll wake him up to go. It's helped me keep a cleaner carpet! I save his favorite treats for potty time. He's now beginning to race back in to the treat drawer each time.

Hang in there, it gets better!
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I have a dog door too. When my guys were in TRAINING, I would always make them walk through the dog door when it was time for them to go out. I would not carry them out. I would also make them walk in the dog door to go inside. I am still in the habit of going out with them when I am home, but they use the dog door. Maybe that will help?

PS. My baby who is 9 months old likes me to go out with him. He lets me know when he has to go. When I am not home, he will go out on his own.





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It gets better. go back to square one. We found keeping a list of every single time they went (and 4 month old puppy goes a lot) helped a lot--- after a few days we knew what times to be there to encourage them to go to the right place and then we made a huge deal when they did. A command is good - ours is "do your biz." and when they do "good biz" small dogs can take a bit a longer to train than large dogs--- just be patient and persistent it will pay off.

is Chester related to Gryff? the other white 4 month old who alos just joined?

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