This is my family's first time to own a dog. Her name is Mini. She is a Havanese. We brought her from a breeder when she was 2 months old. She is 7 months old now. I knew the breed from internet - it is a rare pure-bred, very friendly and smart. Also, I got lots of information from internet about how to look after and train a dog. The advise I got about housetraining a dog is to take her out consistently, confine her in a small area until she is housebroken. I use gates to confine her in an area of 3.5 x 3.5. Now, she is almost house broken - whenever we take her out, she usually does her business. And I want to give her more freedom - I let her stay in the family room. But the problem is when she is alone for a long time e.g. 3 hours, she will make a mess - pee and poop everywhere. The worst part is she will take the poop to her bed and play with it ( says break it into pieces ) and it bothers me the most!! Please help!!!