Now that you have brought your new baby home, teaching him where to do his business is of utmost importance. 

Housetraining Options

You have several options available. The most common housetraining methods are going outside, crate training, wee-wee pads, newspapers, and doggie litter boxes. 

My personal favourite is to take the puppy outside in addition to placing wee-wee pads all over the house. When you combine these two methods you don’t have to worry as much about inside accidents. The pads are there just in case.

How long can they hold it?

A Havanese puppy can “hold it” for about one hour for every month that it is old. This means that if you have a two-month old puppy, he should be able to “hold it” for about two hours. This works well when your puppy is in his crate but when he is running around the house it is best to try to take him out about every hour or so at first. It is better to err on the side of taking him out too often than not often enough.

To make sleeping through the night easier, you can pick up your puppy’s water bowl a couple of hours or so before bedtime and take him out right before you go to bed.

When your puppy eats, his brain signals his large intestine that it’s time to empty itself to make space for the food that’s on its way. You can usually expect a bowel movement 30 to 60 minutes after eating. Make your puppy’s last meal of the day somewhat late in the evening so he goes toilet when you walk him before bedtime. For instance, it you go to sleep at 11 p.m., feed him around 9 p.m.  This makes it less likely for him to wake up in the middle of the night.