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How to Crate Train Your Havanese Puppy

This is the most popular question. No one wants their puppy relieving itself on your carpet! So, pottey training is very important. There is no such thing as "luck" when it comes to potty training your puppy. Successful training comes from persistence.  Below is a successful method that gives you simple, yet proven ways to help with your puppies crate training while developing clean habits and helping your puppy feel secure in their new home.

6-Step Method to Effective Crate Training

These thoughts are taken from the book "Havanese" A Kennel Club Book. We use this technique and highly recommend it.

  1. Use commands when doing any training. Tell your Havanese Puppy “Crate time!” Place him in his crate with a small treat. Leave him in the crate for five minutes while you are in the same room.  Then let him out and praise him. Don't release him when he is fussing. Waiting until he is quiet reinforces his good behaviour.
  2. Repeat Step 1 several times a day.
  3. The next day, use the same command and place the puppy in the crate as before.  Let him stay there for ten minutes. Do this several times using positive praising.
  4. Continue building time in five-minute increments until the puppy stays in his crate for 30 minutes with you in the room.  Always take him to his "relief area" after prolonged periods in his crate.
  5. The next level is doing the above steps when you are not in the room. Now go back to Step 1 and let the puppy stay in his crate for five minutes while you are out of the room. Once again, build crate time in five-minute increments with you out of the room.  When the puppy will stay in his crate willlingly for 30 minutes with you out of the room, he will be ready to stay in it for several hours at a time.

Helpful Hint:

Be persistant. Always take your havanese dog to the same location, always use the same command and always have the dog on a lead when he is in his 'relief area', unless a fenced-in yard is available.


By following these successful steps, your havanese puppy will be completely house-broken by the time his muscle and brain development reach maturity.  Keep in mind that small breeds usually mature faster than large breeds, but all puppies should be trained by six months of age.

Check the American Kennel Club, AKC, website for additional tips. www.AKC.org

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