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New to Forum, puppy arriving home in a few weeks :)

Hello all!

I'd like to introduce myself and say that this forum has a wealth of information so far. I have purchased my first havanese, after researching breeds extensively and she will be home in mid-March! I'm VERY excited, and I look forward to getting to know you all better.

I do have one question, I will probably be taking her to work with me and have considered training her to use potty pads in the office, BUT train her to go potty outside at home. Would this be too confusing to her? Or would the different location make it possible to housebreak her ONE way, and OFFICE-break her the other way? It would be more difficult for me to take her outside at the office, but since I'm self employed, I'd rather take her to work with me than leave her alone.

I only work about 2 days a week.

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Hi, Kara, and welcome. You will love all the info you get on this site. Everyone is eager to help.
I am also self-employed, and take my Havs to work when I have to. Kodi is 15 mos and will sometimes use the pee pads at home, but mostly goes outside. When we are at work, he will hold it until we leave (I only work about 4hrs). Shelby is almost 5 mos and still not completely housetrained, so we use pee pads at home and at work. They love being out in the yard so much, even in this cold weather, I think by summer, they might stop using the pee pads.

I think they are a great help and I don't think they are confused by them. Everyone potty trains differently - you have to do what is best for you and your dog.

Good luck with your puppy - they are a joy!
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Welcome to the forum Kara. It is so exciting to get a new puppy. Good luck and post lots of pictures.

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Hi Kara, welcome, can't wait to see pictures of you new little girl.

Most people say training them to do both is confusing. But I have had success with an indoor potty area and also outside with Jasper. We have a new puppy Cash now and we will see if he gets it as well. But I do think having different rules for different locations may be confusing. We found that by having an indoor potty area and using that almost exclusively at first (5 months or so ) that it get's ingrained as an ok place to go. (this also helps out if they have to go and you're late or it's raining or cold) I also took Jas to work with me and he had to be coaxed to the pads, where at home he knew where to go by himself. Once we started trying to get him to go ourside- at first it was pretty funny--- we would be playing outside and he would paw on the door to go "IN" and go to the bathroom. I know every dog is different, but we found that once, we started walking Jasper out regularly-- that is what he preffered (and it comes naturally because of all the other doggy scents out there) and usually will hold it til we get home to walk him. But sometimes (and especially now with the new puppy Cash- he will go in his room to potty) We're expecting some rebellion when we introduce Cash to the same potty room--- which is an enclosed area in our garage that Jas accesses through a doggy door.

I was convinced to go this way by the book by Dorothy Goodale "The Havanese: a complete and reliable hand book" As you probably have read she is responsible for bringing the breed back from near extinction after the Cuban Revolution. I found this book really helpfull.

I am a first time dog owner (because of allergies to every other breed, including poodles) and hardly and expert. Others on this site may have more wisdom. But I was especially worried by potty training- there are rumors of Havanese being hard to housebreak- But in my experience and from the reports of people on this forum that is a myth.. You just have to rememeber that they are small dogs and it may take a bit longer.

Good luck--sorry I went on so, we are just very proud and amazed that our boy understands and uses both. I hope you find it helpful.

be sure to post pictures of your new puppy when you get her.

Missy, Jasper and Cash

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My guys can do both. They normally go outside, but I do have a pee pad down just in case. They do use it sometimes. If Goldie uses it, she burys it so I know its been used. HEHE

I think its also good to train them to both for times when you are in a hotel, airport or somewhere a potty pad would be better.

Hopefully the breeder starts them on a potty pad as puppies. Joan did, so when mine came home they already knew to go on a puppy pad.

Welcome to the forum. The days waiting for your puppy are the LONGEST, I know!

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I found those threads- check them out. Hope it helps you out.
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Welcome Kara and your new little puppy! Waiting will be hard,but they are SO worth the wait!Are you naming your puppy Thumper?
My pup is 10 months old.I originally tried puppy pads but he was not interested,so we bell trained and he goes exclusively outside.I'm home though all the time.In your situation,I would crate train,use your potty pads and encourage outside as others have posted.Ultimately,you will know what is best for you and your new pup. Havanese are very smart...I think you will do great...the pup will soon catch on ,he/she will know the difference between home and work.My pup was supposed to be housebroken when I got him at 16 weeks,but it was a "start-over" in a new place,new house.I didn't feel confident he was completely housebroke till he was 7months.He is still crated at night,but through his choice(he goes in himself to sleep).Please post a photo when you get your new pup...we love pictures!

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Outside is best

I trained mine to outside exclusively. When they were little I put pee pads right inside the door, just in case, but generally they didn't use them. You will love having a Havanese of your own.
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Thank you SO much for all of your replies! I'm not sure what we are naming her yet, still tossing over a few names, but I will be sure to post pictures when I get her..

And YES, waiting for puppy days ARE The longest! I've spent a small fortune on doggie stuff and she's not even here yet! LOL...but you wouldn't know it if you saw my house!!

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Welcome .
I had to wait a long time for Asta my first dog but he was worth it trust me .
As to potty training . Every dog is unique and different . I made a few mistakes with Asta . fortunately his buddy Tulip another Havanese set him straight and got him where he needed to be - outside ..
I have learned a lot since then. First of all he had far too much freedom . Crate Training is a big help .
Get some books and start reading . There is a book about small dogs that I found very helpful but there are so many wonderful books out there now..
Each dog is unique . You will find your way trust me . I do think some of the information Tom shared made a lot of sense .
You will get so much support from all the people here you will do just fine trust me ..
Do not be suprised once your dog arrive that some of these goodies do not work out for one reason or another - they have their favorites - and you go out and just buy more ..
Too much fun ..
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