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Hello from MD. Need potty training help!

Hello fellow Havanese lovers! My 8 month old havanese is giving me a hard time with potty training. I have him on an expen, and he never has accidents in it. He barks to let us know he is ready to go outside. When I take him out he runs to the door, rings the bell and I open the door. That said, if I do leave him to roam the house he will pee on our couch or on our carpets. I am afraid I don’t trust him to leave him out help!
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Hello from MD. Need potty training help!

It sounds like heís doing great with potty training for his age! Youíre giving him way too much freedom to roam the house. I have a 6 month old puppy, and heís only allowed free access to the family room and kitchen. You have to slooooowly expand his area. I donít expect my pup to have free rein of our home until heís at least 12-18 months.
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It sounds like he’s doing great with potty training for his age! You’re giving him way too much freedom to roam the house. I have a 6 month old puppy, and he’s only allowed free access to the family room and kitchen. You have to slooooowly expand his area. I don’t expect my pup to have free rein of our home until he’s at least 12-18 months.
. Thank you so much for responding! I won’t feel bad about leaving him in the pen area then!
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I wouldnít feel bad. Thatís what the pen is for, to keep him safe when you canít watch him. You donít want him to have accidents in the house, otherwise he might get the idea that itís OK to go on your couch or the carpet. Just keep slowly expanding the areas he has access to, a little at a time, and over the course of weeks, not days. If he has an accident, go back to the previous smaller size at which he was successful and stay there a while longer before trying to expand again.

Good luck! It takes time and patience.
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How much freedom to roam you allow him depends entirely on how much you are willing to watch him. "Watch" means complete undivided attention. You could tether him to you so that he goes wherever you go. If you cannot give him your total concentrated attention he should be in his pen. The more accidents you allow him to have in the house the longer and harder the house training process is going to be.

Skye is 9 mo. old, has free access to the whole house, and I honestly don't remember the last time he had an accident in the house. We got there because I was able to watch him like a hawk the first few weeks after he came home. With even the slightest indication he was squatting, sniffing a spot, or circling ... out the door we went. He still had accidents at first, but I always treated those as my fault and not his.

By the way he hated the expen. I couldn't handle the pathetic yowling when the door to the expen was latched so he was out in the kitchen and family room pretty much right from the start.


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How much freedom to roam you allow him depends entirely on how much you are willing to watch him. "Watch" means complete undivided attention. You could tether him to you so that he goes wherever you go. If you cannot give him your total concentrated attention he should be in his pen. The more accidents you allow him to have in the house the longer and harder the house training process is going to be.

Skye is 9 mo. old, has free access to the whole house, and I honestly don't remember the last time he had an accident in the house. We got there because I was able to watch him like a hawk the first few weeks after he came home. With even the slightest indication he was squatting, sniffing a spot, or circling ... out the door we went. He still had accidents at first, but I always treated those as my fault and not his.

By the way he hated the expen. I couldn't handle the pathetic yowling when the door to the expen was latched so he was out in the kitchen and family room pretty much right from the start.


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how long did u have to use the expen
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I still use mine and heís 1 1/2. Heís potty trained now, so I use in more as a long indoor fence. I didnít even start testing how much freedom I could give him until he was a year old. I still donít let him hang out in our carpeted loft alone because he marked there as a puppy and we rarely use that room. If I decide I want to let him go there himself Iíll spend a couple of days playing with him and using the ex pen there first so it feels like home to him.
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The expen was set up for a couple of months. We kept his food and water in it along with a wire crate. Also one of those fake grass potty pads. He went into the expen to eat and drink and sometimes to lay in his crate or play with toys. Like I said in the previous post he absolutely hated it when the door was latched. My goodness, one would have thought that someone was pulling out his toe nails by the wailing and crying. I guess this was an instance of Skye training me because he proved he deserved the trust to leave the door unlatched. So we left the door unlatched until I decided to take the expen down. Strange that he goes into a crate with no problem and stays quietly until we let him out. But he detested being locked into the expen.


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We still have the ex pen for our 7 month old pup but he mostly has free reign of the house, at least if I can moderately supervise. I say this because I’m not worried about pottying but getting into stuff. He doesn’t have accidents, but I still stay on top of taking him out every few hours and after meals. We rented a vacation house for a week, didn’t set up the expen and no accidents. We also couldn’t leave him at the house alone so he came everywhere with us.

I don’t totally trust him and if he had to poop and no one took him out he would go in the expen whereas he comes over and nips at me if he’s out. Since I’m taking him out every 3-4 hrs it’s hard to say if he could reliably “tell” me if he needed to go. I think this is normal for the age.

We use it for when we have to leave or when he’s too riled up from playing w the kids (we still have issues with him chewing people’s clothes and chasing them) And he’ll pee on the indoor pad if he absolutely has to but will poop in the ex pen if I haven’t walked him that morning. This is super rare now because I make sure he’s gone potty before I leave. Usually, he cries and whines in the pen and I can’t stand it for long.
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