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So after three weeks of Indy NOT peeing in the living room (seriously, not once) he's peed in here twice today. The first time it was on his bed (not where he actually sleeps just "his" couch in the living room). I took the cover off and it's down in the washing machine. The second time - it was on the bed's cushion (that wasn't in the bed when he peed the first time). That is now in the washing machine as well. I've also put him in his play pen so I could mop the entire floor with a vinegar solution.

I know he's going to have accidents but twice in as many hours is discouraging but more importantly I want to do everything right so as not to ~encourage~ this behavior. I'm sure it doesn't help things that it is so cold outside (currently 27* and that's without the wind).

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Make that three accidents. Zoe was putting on shoes and had his leash in hand trying to put it on him. He walked away from her and peed on the floor. ... sigh.
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Dores he have an indoor option?
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He is so cute! How old is he? It sounds like you guys are down to a system and that he will learn with time.

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Dores he have an indoor option?
We do not but when he walked away to pee the last time he was less than five feet from the door we use to take him out.
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He is so cute! How old is he? It sounds like you guys are down to a system and that he will learn with time.
He's only 12 weeks old right now so I know accidents will happen.
We've just been very very spoiled and I don't want to mess that up
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OMG! How similar our boys are! This week Thor has been having many accidents around the house and usually it happens on the second that we stop to get phone or he is playing and all of a sudden he is squashing down. I know that puppies will have accidents, but sometimes I just feel overwhelmed! For instance, yesterday my husband took him out and after they came back I let him run around a little, since I thought he was "empty", but I guess I was wrong because there he was, peeing on the rug less 5 minutes that he had peed outside. So what are we doing wrong? I definitely see the trend, he usually pees where he had accidents before. I having been very diligent about cleaning up, I spray and rub the carpet with pet odor and stain remover and afterwards I spray a pet air and fabric refresher, but somehow Thor is still tracking his pee down. Do you know any good brand or homemade solution that eliminates the odor completely?

This question goes for the potty trained Hav owners: How was the process of potty training your Hav? Any comments, tips, formulas, are truly welcome!


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OMG! How similar our boys are! This week Thor has been having many accidents around the house and usually it happens on the second that we stop to get phone or he is playing and all of a sudden he is squashing down. I know that puppies will have accidents, but sometimes I just feel overwhelmed! For instance, yesterday my husband took him out and after they came back I let him run around a little, since I thought he was "empty", but I guess I was wrong because there he was, peeing on the rug less 5 minutes that he had peed outside. So what are we doing wrong? I definitely see the trend, he usually pees where he had accidents before. I having been very diligent about cleaning up, I spray and rub the carpet with pet odor and stain remover and afterwards I spray a pet air and fabric refresher, but somehow Thor is still tracking his pee down. Do you know any good brand or homemade solution that eliminates the odor completely?

This question goes for the potty trained Hav owners: How was the process of potty training your Hav? Any comments, tips, formulas, are truly welcome!


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We've been using a vinegar/water mix in a spray bottle to clean up. It works fairly well (and it's cheap!) but it does always smell like Easter in my house now. Our biggest problem is the living room/kitchen area (where Indy spends his time) is tile and while that makes it super easy to clean I'm not sure if it gets the smell completely out of the grout.

I've started setting an hourly alarm on my phone. Every hour, regardless of if Indy has rung his bell or not, he gets taken outside. Things have been much better this week.
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My pup is 11 months old and finally trained but it took a very long time. (As in 9 months. And I was home full time.) I have trained other breeds in a weekend. That is not the case with these little guys. The best advice I can offer is DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THEM when inside and put them outside at least hourly. Stay there until you see them go. Praise the peeing. (It also helps to say 'go pee pee' or 'hurry, hurry' when you first take them out. It's cold as heck where I live and I want a pup who pees in a hurry.) Finally, there is not one bit of sense in getting frustrated when they have an accident. It`s up to us to be more diligent. They don`t pee inside for spite - they can`t form that thought. They pee inside cuz they gotta go. And little bladders have to be emptied often.
PS You really can not give a small pup the run of the house. (Unless you plan to run after them.) EYES ON means you have to be in the same room at all times.
My frustration isn't aimed at Indy - it's at me. Doesn't stop the frustration but I know he's still just a baby, and will be for a while longer. I've set an hourly alarm and that seems to have helped considerably. It's also warming up (finally!) so it's not so hard to get him to go outside in the first place. It's hard to blame someone for not wanting to go stand outside when it's less than 20 degrees
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I don't know where you live, but I live in Atlantic Canada. We had a rotten, rotten winter. It was sooooo cold in Jan.! I know my neighbours must think I'm a clown based on the outfits I wear when I go outside with her. PJs, robe and wrapped in a blanket. Winter jacket over long robe. Plaid with zebra stripes and purple with turquoise. And, I won't lie, there are days when I'm kinda hollerin' 'FFS stop sniffin' and PEE!' To get back to your quote I sure don't want to be out there and can understand our pups wanting to stay in where it's warm. But spring is on its way!
We're currently living in Germany. It's been COLD but this weekend it's supposed to hit the high 40's and I'm practically dancing. We're also getting more sunshine than I think we've had ALL winter. We pretty much take vitamin D pills like candy around here. The lack of sun is the only reason the neighbors don't have much to talk about. It's been too dark to see all the wonderful things we wear to take Indy out at night and stay warm
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