How To Potty Train A Havanese Puppy

Can you potty train a Havanese?


Havanese dogs are toy dogs, and if you know anything about toy dogs, you know that they typically have a reputation for being independent little beings who don’t take to training very well. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though, and any dog can be challenging to train if the owner isn’t prepared to put in the time and energy necessary to do so.

In fact, training a Havanese dog is easier than training a different toy dog breed because of their people-pleasing nature, but it still requires effort and time from you. Due to the fact that their bladders are so small that they struggle to control their movements, potty training them is also the most challenging skill you can train them.

Keeping this in mind, we’ll discuss the factors that can make a dog less likely to respond to your training efforts. Then we’ll discuss how you, as the owner, can enhance your training methods. Your dog ought to be eliminating where it ought to in no time if you know what to avoid and practice your business techniques.

How To Prevent


Let’s start with the most dangerous and early stage of potty training that you should avoid, which is your dog’s breed. It may seem callous, but it will be much harder to train a dog if you haven’t even gotten it yet and you know it was raised in a small space. Your hopes of potty training them will have been crushed before they even started because they will already be trained to eat, poop, and pee in the same places.

If you knowingly acquire a Havanese that has been raised in this manner, you are likely to face an uphill battle. Instead of trying to get rid of all of your dog’s bad habits, you should focus on how to make them less bad.

Carrying Your Dog

Toy dogs can be challenging to train, in part because of the owner. Due to their small size, dogs are prone to being picked up frequently, whether for fun or to facilitate transportation. Both of these will stop any progress you have made toward potty training.

Picking up and taking your Havanese to their designated potty area is counterproductive to what you’re trying to accomplish because they should get into the habit of walking there on their own. When you take them there yourself, it will be more difficult for them to learn where to go. Once they begin to understand it, you should stop fussing over them so much. Why? Since constant cuddles will be a distraction that makes your dog forget how to do this good thing, keeping your dog on the floor will help them learn to tell you when they need to go to the bathroom.


Since Havanese have very small bladders, we’ve already mentioned how difficult it is for them to maintain self-control. Pay attention to how much food and water you give your Havanese to eat to prevent accidents. Make sure they eat enough to meet their daily needs, but divide it up into smaller meals so they can manage it.

Then, a few hours before going to bed, you should stop giving them any food and possibly even water, because doing so will reduce the number of accidents they have at night. They will be more challenging to train if they develop the habit of having these accidents.

Letting Your Dog Run

In keeping with the previous advice, letting your dog roam your house freely during their early years will make potty training them much more difficult. However, your dog should spend more time on the floor than they do in your arms. At least until they are old enough and better trained, there are a few techniques that will keep them by your side or otherwise get them to stay in the same area of your home without wandering off. Here are a few of those techniques.

How to Train Your Havannese

Before we discuss some of the things you should do to better train your Havanese puppy, it is important to note that the training will take six to eight months to complete.

Your puppy’s bladder and bowels will stop developing around this time, which means your dog will be able to control himself or herself more. They have plenty of time to think through what they should do when using the restroom.

To be a successful trainer within this time frame, you must practice patience. As we’ve already mentioned, potty training typically requires more time, and as we’ve already mentioned, Havanese dogs in particular require more effort. But eventually, when your adorable puppy feels at home and knows where to relieve themselves, all that patience will pay off.


Leashes are an excellent tool for training your dog to feel comfortable on the floor while also preventing it from wandering. We advise getting a leash that is no shorter than four feet and no longer than five feet. While the longer leash should be used outside when the dog needs to use the potty, the shorter one can be used indoors to keep the dog close to you most of the time. If you know how to use it, a retractable leash that can do both things is useful.

Never tie the leash to anything when you have it. When your dog is on a leash, you should always be nearby and focused. Furthermore, keep the leash tight; otherwise, your Havanese may wander off while still attached to the leash. Tie the leash’s end around your waist to keep your hands free while still keeping your puppy’s leash. The short leash is used to prevent them from wandering, getting a sense of your house, and selecting their own special place to relieve themselves.

Cage Use

You can crate or cage your dog in a way that’s cozy for them and good for their early training and development. Naturally, you want the largest cage you can find for your dog’s comfort. For them to relieve themselves, you should have a puppy pad in the cage, but this should only be used at night when they are in their bed. The puppy pad should be kept as far away from the dog bed as is practical at the other end of the cage.

Don’t make it a habit of leaving your Havanese in the cage for long stretches of time. You should only leave your awake Havanese in the cage when you are leaving a shower or otherwise unable to keep the dog by your side on a leash.


You have the choice of using a litter box for potty training if you live in a city or high-rise where taking your Havanese outside is more difficult. Get the same supplies you would for a bigger cat, and once the litter box is set up, keep it spotless to encourage your puppy to use it.


You might have some success potty training your Havanese puppy. You can achieve this by placing any resonant bell within your puppy’s reach and close to the doorway leading to your backyard. You can then teach them to paw at the bell to let you know when they need to use the restroom.


By this, we mean that you should be watching your dog carefully and keeping track of how they’ll let you know when they need to go potty. When they arrive, take them to their assigned location. As was mentioned above, make sure you carry them there rather than walk with them so they get used to walking on their own to the designated pooping spot and reject your training to use that location.

Keep a schedule.

Try to take the dog for walks on a schedule so that it will become accustomed to it. This will make it much simpler to remember where and when the dog needs to relieve himself, creating a good habit that will speed up the process of potty training your Havanese. Due to their high intelligence, Havanese have a propensity to recognize these behavioral patterns.


Once your dog has urinated in the business you desire, you must put the “positive” into positive reinforcement. You can accomplish this by complimenting your dog and providing them with things they want and enjoy, such as their favorite treats or some cuddle time. If you’re doing it correctly, your dog will discover that using the restroom outside earns them these tasty treats, encouraging them to continue doing so in the future and for the rest of their lives.

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