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I am currently training my 3rd Hav. I think how you do it is very individual, just as long as you are consistent. I am not a fan of my dogs going to the bathroom in the house, so I prefer outside. We start with an ex pen and a ugodog, and very quickly transition to a crate and outside. I also do not give my puppy free reign of the house, we use gates to keep him where we can watch him. If he is not being watched, he is in his crate. All my puppies were trained to sleep in a crate at night when I got them, thanks to some wonderful breeders. Blaze (my 5 month old puppy) has been the biggest challenge for house breaking, but he is starting to get it. He NEVER soils his crate, and has been sleeping through the night since I got him. He sleeps next to my bed. House training can be VERY frustrating, but you just have to keep at it, and be consistent. They will get it eventually!!! Be sure if you have other family members caring for the puppy that they are ALL doing the same thing. Small dogs pee frequently, so plan to take them out a lot, and lots of praise. I don't use treats for potty, then they expect a treat all the time, and can develop a weight problem.
There have been times, (bad weather, hotels, etc) that I wish I used an indoor potty, but those times would be so infrequent that they would forget what to do with it.... Good luck!!
I believe the rule of thumb for hours in a crate is 1 hour for every month of age plus one hour... 3 months, 4 hours tops!!! That does not hold true for night time! I make crate time lots of fun and happy for them, they love it!! Blaze can't wait to get in and get his small treat and a kiss. He can't wait to go to bed at night!!! Jumps in and lays down!!
Kathy Coder....Owned by
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