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    PLEASE HELP. Dog 1.5 years old still not housebroken

    Hello everyone,
    I have a male havanese. 1 and half year old. He is fully trained, respects me, listens too ALL the commands. NO OTHER ISSUE.. BUT he still poops inside house. I have tried soooo hard. what am i doing wrong?. He is crate trained and doesnt pee/poop inside crate. So everytime i cant attend to him, i put him in his crate (altho i feed bad cuz he is 1.5 years old already). I got him when he was 9 weeks old. and have been trying to crate train but every chance he gets, he poops. He is like a poop king! Can it be he will never be house broken? How long does it usually take . I thought by 1.5 years he would have been house broken.
    Good part is whenever i take him out he does his business immediately so he knows why i take him down. But he just doesnt hold it. He ONLY holds when inside the crate and other times he doesnt really care to hold for me to take him out.
    What do i do? please help

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    Re: PLEASE HELP. Dog 1.5 years old still not housebroken

    Get him on a good potty schedule, every hour, etc..whatever works for you, and tie him to you when you can't supervise. This way you catch him in the act, clap your hands to startle him and rush him outside. If he finishes outside, lots of treats and praise. I also suggest walking him or staying outside with him in the morning so he can do all of his business, and then an afternoon walk, and an evening walk. Not a long walk, just enough for him to do both.
    Last edited by Pepper; 05-12-2011 at 10:51 PM.

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    Is he on a feeding schedule, or do you free feed him?
    A feeding schedule will help also get him on a potty schedule, so you'll know about when he has to poop.

    What is his normal day like? How much exercise? Do you work or are you home with him most of the day? Knowing a little more about his schedule could help us give better advice.

    In general, a dog will need to go out after waking up, after eating/drinking, after playing/exercising, and then, at regular intervals throughout the day. If he hasn't learned that pottying is ONLY done outside, I would limit his "freedom" in the house, like you're already doing. If you can't watch him, he should be contained or confined in some way.

    When he does have accidents, how do you react? And, do you clean them with an enzymatic cleaner?

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    Re: PLEASE HELP. Dog 1.5 years old still not housebroken

    What kind of training have you tried? If you've freaked out a bit when he goes potty inside, he could get confused and scared. My advice is to take him outside frequently, for awhile keep him very close (avoid accidents that will reinforce going potty in the house), and praise him when he does go outside. No punishments whatsoever for accidents inside.

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    Our havanese was about a year old before she was trained. The key for us was the really stinky super-good treats that only came out when she pooped outside. I'm not sure if he's having the same issue, but the trouble for her was that she just didn't care. We could tether her for a full month so she never had an accident and as soon as we let her out of our sight she'd poop again because it didn't matter to her at all. The treats were a motivator for her to hold it. In order for it to work you have to go out with them every single time and if they poop outside act like they won the Nobel prize (WHOOOHOOO!) and give them that extra fantastic treat.

    It might take a while, but Havanese are typically quite intelligent. He'll clue in eventually.

    We also trained her to ring a bell to go out so she could communicate to us more clearly, but I don't know if that's necessary for you.

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    I agree with the Elliebelle's comment about her havanese just not caring! Dogs really see nothing wrong with peeing and pooping. To them, it's a pleasurable experience. AND, they feel better when they've emptied their bladders or bowels. They don't see it as dirty or gross or anything. If it was up to them, they'd pee or poop wherever it was convenient, whenever. Good thing it's not up to them, huh?

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    Re: PLEASE HELP. Dog 1.5 years old still not housebroken

    Quote Originally Posted by doxiemommy View Post
    I agree with the Elliebelle's comment about her havanese just not caring! Dogs really see nothing wrong with peeing and pooping. To them, it's a pleasurable experience. AND, they feel better when they've emptied their bladders or bowels. They don't see it as dirty or gross or anything. If it was up to them, they'd pee or poop wherever it was convenient, whenever. Good thing it's not up to them, huh?
    It is true that they don't care, but it is also true that they are creatures of habit. Unfortunately once 'habituated' to going occasionally in the home, that habit can be hard to break, so the reward for going outside has to be super fantastic, and an owner has to be super vigilant about not allowing accidents in the home.

    The suggestions above have hit on that. Keep up being vigilante and your pup will clue in. I had a deaf dog that took until she was 2 1/2 before she was trustable (cuz she was messed up in the beginning when no-one understood that she was deaf, and therefore that 'clapping' was doing nothing to interrupt/discourage her accidents. LOL

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    Re: PLEASE HELP. Dog 1.5 years old still not housebroken

    Watch him like a hawk when he isn't in his crate. Tether him to you so you can be aware of his whereabouts.
    If you catch him about to squat, calmly take him outside
    Never ever scold pottying in the house. This can cause reverse housetraining.
    Try long walks in new and novel places so he will want to poop outside.

    Some pet parents unknowingly punish their dog for pottying outside. i.e. the walk ends as soon as the dog goes potty.
    Be careful
    More detailson potty training here: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/latrend...-training-101/

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