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Christmas puppy-need advice !

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I am new to this forum. After much research, we decided to get our 11 year old daughter a Havanese for Christmas. He is all black, and we are sooooo excited. This will be a gift from "Santa" ,so she will first see him Christmas morning,We will bring him home at exactly 12 weeks of age. I read the articles and advice, and it seems crate training is the way to go for long term results. I have never trained or owned a puppy before, and am a little worried that we don't know what we are doing! More specifically, what about those first couple of days when everyone wants to hold him ,etc all day ? I would hate to have to crate him up ! ---please help me with any advice you can give- I am all ears !
Also,any cute black dog names (besides Pepper) ?
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Congrats!! Please please go get several puppy books and read the right away. Preparing yourself will save you so much grief. Not to mention, creating bad habits if you aren't prepared. Crate training or an x pen is a must for housebreaking! The puppy will need rest so make sure people aren't playing will him continuously. He needs a quiet place to get away. Make sure everyone is gentle with him and very slow movements will make for a calmer dog. Is the breeder socializing him and housebreaking? This is so important in the early stages. If not done, it can make life difficult for u.
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I failed puppy 101 I couldn't stand to hear my puppy cry. I don't know if you ever had problems with your child wanting out of the crib or not wanting to take a nap . Puppy's will cry very loud when they don't want to be left in a create. Some breeders do a great job getting a puppy ready for their new home. I only lasted two nights with Maddie in her crate and even then she was right next to me in bed and I would fall asleep with my finger in the door. She would wake up and we went out side. I tried an x pin with the create for when I was gone. She climbed out and hurt herself. Then I just left her in a closed crate but came home to her having piddled in gut just said I didn't want that habit to start so I expanded her area to my kitchen and nook area. I used a large painting that she couldn't climb up on. I was able to slide it along the floor to open and close the area. My Boy friend at the time said we lived in a kennel. We only went into the living room for short periods where I could totally watch her.
In my opinion I wouldn't start with piddle pads. Look into the litter box or the one with the grates.Uga something ? I now have two Havanese and my second was trained on washable pads. Well any throw rug to her is a washable pad My area I had for them also had a sliding glass door to a small patio area. The first winter I even put up a camping tarp so we could go out and not get wet. I used fake grass. When they went potty you get very excited and and say good girl or boy give a ton of parse. If they have an accident in your house that you caught in the act pick he or she up and bring them out side and say potty out side or what ever. You are not suppose to get mad or rub their nose in the accident. The key that I am still learning about training is positive reinforcement make training fun for the puppy lots of treats and love. The only time mine use their piddle pad now is when I'm not home. But like I said we still have accidents and they bark and don't walk nice on a leash. So I failed puppy training 101.
Names? Hum I like Charley or Buster

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I was a 1st time dog owner with a havanese as well ...congrats! they are great dogs!! My advice is, really spend a lot of time learning how to read your puppy's behavior. I am so grateful that I got Bear during a time of the year that I could devote all of my time to him and I know how to read his cues very well. Books definitely help but knowing "your dog" is very telling as well. Also, enjoy this age! Granted, it can be a trying time, but it goes so quickly!!
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Also, if DAVE GABBY doesn't respond, you might want to private message him. He has great articles he can send you. Ask him for puppy 101, socializing, separation anxiety and house breaking articles. I strongly suggest you read everything you can in the next few days. Puppies are not easy. They are like 2 year olds. If you are not prepared, you could be overwhelmed and create some awful habits that are hard to erase. I read 3 books cover to cover before getting mine and I still had a tough time. It paid off because now my 3 pups have very good manners, are housebroken, no issues with being alone, no aggression, biting or destroying things.
If there is one thing, please be careful as puppies chew everything. Pointsettas are poison to dogs. There are a lot of other things that are poisonous. You might want to look into them. Also, electrical cords can be deadly to a puppy if they chew them. They will chew everything they can get their mouths on. Get some bitter spray and spray everything and hide electrical cords. Make positive corrections, so the puppy knows what you expect. Good luck!

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People have already given you good advice, but I would add a couple more things. First, Christmas is a very, VERY bad time to introduce a puppy to the home. Excitement is running high, people are distracted and there are WAY too many dangerous things for the puppy to get into. Puppies need a calm, stable, predictable environment to help them get used to their new home. If at all possible, ask the breeder if you can leave the pup there for one more week. Put a cute stuffed animal and some puppy supplies with a promissory note for the real thing under the tree. Your daughter will still be thrilled beyond reason, she will have the fun of helping you set things up properly for the puppy. You can spend the week help your daughter understand the needs of a brand new puppy, and what to expect. Then you can bring the puppy home into a calm, quiet situation where he or she is the center of attention for the first few days.

Remember, a puppy is a very small baby, and coming to a new home, even WITHOUT the Christmas overload is pretty overwhelming. Set things up for the best chance of success for you, your daughter AND the puppy. Puppies are not toys, and IMO, should not belong to a single person as a "gift". You are bringing a new family member into the household, and that new and vulnerable family member's best interests have to be taken into consideration too!

Finally, another thing that other people haven't mentioned is to get the puppy signed up for puppy kindergarten as soon as possible. Early socialization is TERRIBLY important for any dog, but ESPECIALLY for a dog meant to spend time with children. Puppy K is THE best way to give the pup lots of socialization in a safe, controlled environment. At the same time, you and your daughter will be learning to handle the problems that inevitably come up with a new puppy.

Oh! And have a wonderful time on your new adventure. With some proper planning and guidance, you and your daughter will enjoy your new dog's puppyhood without finding it an overwhelming challenge.

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I love your suggestion, Karen. Stuffed puppy on Christmas morning, the real thing a week later, after preparing everyone for the arrival.

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welcome Marie. Yeah take it easy on Christmas day. You don't want to overwhelm the pup. Here's some basic info ,but very important. Remember ,everyone is responsible for this pup, it's a team effort.
Before You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar

After You Get Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar

first week

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Finally, another thing that other people haven't mentioned is to get the puppy signed up for puppy kindergarten as soon as possible. Early socialization is TERRIBLY important for any dog, but ESPECIALLY for a dog meant to spend time with children. Puppy K is THE best way to give the pup lots of socialization in a safe, controlled environment. At the same time, you and your daughter will be learning to handle the problems that inevitably come up with a new puppy.
This! I started puppy classes approximately 4 days after bringing Marlowe home. I only wish I could have started sooner. It's so nice to have an expert on hand to help you and your pup communicate (ie when your pup needs a break from play for an enforced naptime). The first week with my puppy was very fun, but it was more exhausting (wake up at 3am to let the little guy pee?), overwhelming (puppy found another gap in your puppy proofing!), and frustrating (you turn your back and then there's a pee accident - totally your fault) than anything else. Only the second week did we get a routine and things starting to be exciting-fun > exciting-stressful. Puppies are adorable but a handful!
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I think Karen gave you great advice. I, too, agree that Christmas day is NOT the right day to bring a new puppy into your house. It is much too hectic and the puppy will be overwhelmed. I'm actually surprised that the breeder consented to allowing you to do this. It does not sound like the best start for your new baby. Please wait and then enjoy. Congratulates to you and your family and welcome to the forum. That's my 2 cents!

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