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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question Outside Potty Training

Maggie has had all of her shots and been spayed. Because there was numerous Lepto scares she even had those. The vet was excellent....gave her a little Benadryl 10 min before and she did fine. Spayed at 6 mos because of the incidence of cancer in Long Island.

She has always learned quickly but now I'm struggling.

I'm trying to get her to potty outside...She never goes when she's out and will hold it till we get home and she can go on her pad. I take her out when she gets up in the morning....once she went and now she doesn't even want to go out.

I'm not use to this and need advise about: how long do I keep her out to potty....do I wait till she does it even if its an hour; do I bring her out and in after 5 minutes????? I'm ready with treats if she does it but don't know how to encourage her to get to that point.

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When I was doing the potty training (outside only), I'd do 15 mins outside and if he didn't go, back in the kennel/crate for 45 mins without any fanfare. Then on the hour, 15 outside, 45 mins inside. If he went, superhappy celebration and he got a long playtime inside instead of the crate (but he was a little puppy, so he'd get exhausted then naptime in the crate). I'd do this routine first thing in the AM, and then every time we came home from work/errands. He would only poop immediately after eating, so the others were just pee breaks. I think I only had to do the repeat 15-45s the first one or two times, and then he got it and would go quickly. My pup was never trained indoors, so if I couldn't watch him with 100% attention, he was crated (which was relaxed after the first month and at 7 months old, I started giving him limited freedom on short errands).
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I have always told Ted to "go pee". He has a few spots that I notice he likes to go on so if I'm not getting any results, I bring him there and he always goes. Ted goes out about 5 times a day now. Poos about 4 times. Twice being first thing. Just the past few days he doesn't seem to be too interested in lunch anymore so that will be one less poo

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Andrea Arden has a good article on this ...http://ezinearticles.com/?Transition...ing&id=4622092

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The 'go potty' command seemed to help us make the transition, when she was little, she did prefer her pad, but now she prefers outside and the pad only when its raining or late at night when I won't get up to take her out. Just start saying 'go potty' everytime she piddles and then tell her that outside, you can even bring the pad outside a few times and say go potty and then try it without the pad, and reward/praise when she does and the lightbulb goes off.

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You might try taking the Puppy Pad outside and put it on the grass. After your dog gets used to going on the Puppy Pad outside, then take away the puppy pad, and the dog will then go on the grass (or your other designated area). Havanese dogs are extremely smart, however, they do take the longest on house training compared to other breeds that I have owned. Good Luck!
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Yep thats what I had to do with my Scotty years back. Kept moving the newspapers closer and closer to the door until I finally brought them outside. Worked like a charm

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