How To Potty Train A Havanese Puppy
Everything You Need To Know About Housetraining A Havanese Dog
One of the first things you’ll want to do with your new Havanese puppy is housetraining. Crates can be an excellent tool for housetraining, and they are practically a requirement if you intend to leave your puppy alone for extended hours of time while you work or run errands. For more details, read our page on crate training.
The Value of Planning and Repetition in Housetraining
Consistency is the most important component of any dog’s training, including housetraining. To start with, establish a regular feeding schedule for your Havanese puppy. You can use this information to determine how soon after eating your puppy needs to go potty, allowing you to prepare to take them outside on schedule. While you should ensure that your puppy has access to fresh water throughout the day, you can reduce the likelihood that they will need to go potty at night by getting them their water just before bed.
Take your Havanese puppy for a walk at least every two hours while you’re home. Your Havanese puppy might need to go outside even more frequently than every two hours since they are a small breed. It’s important to become familiar with your puppy’s habits and adjust accordingly. For instance, if your puppy needs to go potty every 30 minutes, you should take him or her out just before the 30 minute mark each time.
The Tether Approach
Tethering your Havanese puppy to you or a nearby piece of furniture at all times is a popular housetraining technique. This can be accomplished by using a hands-free leash to clip onto their collar or harness and then wrap around your waist, clip to your belt, put over your shoulder, or clip to nearby furniture. This keeps the puppy with you at all times and makes you aware of their presence. If your puppy is literally attached to your hip, they can not wander off to relieve themselves in a corner. Off-leash time for your puppy on a regular basis is important. When you can’t sit and watch your puppy, like when you’re cleaning, the tether method works best.
Why is crate training beneficial?
You can leave your Havanese puppy in a secure location while you are away by crate training them. When you crate your puppy, you can almost completely prevent accidents in the house while you are away or asleep, because dogs typically won’t go potty where they sleep. However, it’s important to locate a crate that comfortably fits your Havanese puppy. They should be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down in it, but it shouldn’t be any larger. Many crates come with dividers for you to be able to increase the space as your puppy grows.
The importance of encouraging behavior cannot be overstated.
Every time your Havanese puppy goes potty outside, you should reward him with a treat. Always keep treats on you to reward them as soon as they finish using the restroom. While they are using the restroom outside, you should compliment them on a job well done, and once they are finished, you should give them more praise, a treat, or a toy. Do not hold off until you have returned inside. Your puppy won’t understand why you are rewarding them by that point.
A significant reward, referred to as a “jackpot,” should be given if your puppy alerts you that they need to go outside.
How do I handle a house accident involving my Havanese puppy?
Never punish your puppy for going potty inside! It is your responsibility for failing to watch over and monitor your puppy’s behavior rather than theirs if they urinated on the rug. Your puppy doesn’t pee on your rug intentionally. They must simply leave. If your child urinated in their diaper, would you punish them? Let’s hope not!
Additionally, your puppy has long since forgotten what it did by the time you discover the accident. Punishing them will only make them fear you and encourage them to keep their bathroom habits more private in the future.
What if I witness my Havanese puppy using the bathroom inside the house?
Take them outside after gathering them up! Praise them for a job well done if they successfully complete their business outside. Keep in mind that by this time, your puppy has forgotten where it started going potty.
Consider puppy pee pads.
Some people, particularly those with smaller breeds like the Havanese, opt to teach their puppy to use pee pads instead. Even though you can do this, teaching your puppy to use the restroom outside will be less work overall. The training required is the same as for regular house training if you choose to use puppy pee pads. Bring your puppy inside to use the potty rather than outside!