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Old 07-15-2012, 05:14 PM   #1
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There are several of us that got our Hav's in June & July. All are about 10 - 14 weeks old now. I'm sure we're all going thru the same experiences, so let's share.

Kallie is 13 weeks. She's 5 lb 6 oz now. Has had her 2nd set of shots. She's quite a lively little girl. And I can tell when she hasn't gotten enough sleep throughout the day, she gets crazy & starts getting into things, testing us. I put her to bed & she goes right to sleep. Just like a toddler that needs a nap, gets cranky. Potty training is going pretty well. But I can tell she has more accidents on the weekends. I guess we're not quite as structured on weekends. Plus we had out-of-town company this weekend & she was completely off her schedule. Our company loved her, and she loved them. Greeted them with tail wagging every morning. Loved doing her RLH with them. She's on Wellness dry food (1/4 cup - 3 meals), with just a tad of canned (less than 1/2 tsp) mixed in. Sleeps from 9:00 PM til 4:30 AM when DH gets up. Today, Sunday, she actually slept til 6:15 AM. I was soooooooo happy! She's doing great with Sit and Down. She loves to play "Find It" where I hide a small piece of treat in the room & she has to find it. She searches til she finds the treat. Our biggest issue to date is the potty training. And I know she's still very young, but I take her outside so often I KNOW I have to be losing weight!

So what are you updates?
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:00 PM   #2
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I'm sure you have seen what Ted is up to, from all my posts but your post sounds just like mine. Weekdays are very structured but weekends are a hit and miss. We have had company coming in and out every weekend and all have enjoyed meeting Ted. Unfortunately they throw his schedule right off. He's usually in his pen sleeping when the doorbell rings, then that puts an abrupt end to sleep. My college age daughter comes in at later hours from her retail job during the week which sometimes disturbs him but I think he is used to it now. Ted goes for his 12 week shots on Wednesday and I'll get him properly weighed then. On my scale he is still in the 3 1/2 pound range although its not exact at all.
Ted is on Actr1um Holistic Puppy food (grain and corn free). He eats about 1/4 cup 3 times a day also. His puppy classes start on July 31st and I can't wait. He also has accidents here and there in the house but 90 % is all done outside and treats and partying follows each time! Ted sleeps from anywhere from 9-10 pm til about 5:45-6:00am in his pen in the kitchen. He never uses the pee pad in the pen except to lie on and holds it til we quickly get him out on the lawn.
After his RLH in the evening he likes to get up and snuggle with my husband and I then one more outdoor break and off to bed we all go!
I did pick up bitter apple spray today and it sure works. I sprayed the bottom of my couch, the bottom of my curtains and my feet and legs. Worked like a charm
I won't lie, I will be happier when Ted gets through the worst of his teething but overall love the little guy to pieces
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:42 PM   #3
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Yes, I forgot to mention the teething! Kallie has several more teeth than she did this time last week. She wants to chew on anything/everything she can get her mouth on. I keep saying I'm not your chewtoy, here use this instead!. I have the bitter apple spray too & am using it. It does work well. A loud ouch when she bites too hard gets me kisses right away. Right now she's sound asleep snuggled up to DH in his recliner. Was hoping to keep her awake a little longer, but she's just exhausted. It sounds like Ted & Kallie are right at the same stage.

How about you other new owners? Are you right with us?
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:15 PM   #4
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I'll chime in even though we don't fit the "criteria" exactly ...

My second Hav Kai joined the household in June shortly before Father's Day. But he was already 15 weeks old. I've experienced zero chewing issues with him or with my other Hav Kiki who was ~12 weeks old when she came home last year. Due to the age I suspect I bypassed a lot of those chewing issues but I also allowed them to chew on bully sticks or flossies.

Whereas Kiki rarely barks, Kai likes to bark for a variety of reasons. My least favorite is the 3 am bark.

Kai just had his second trip to the groomer. The first time was just to have the bangs/face trimmed so the hair wouldn't bother his eyes which are prone to tearing. The second time was for a puppy cut. He did great --- very thankful the breeder introduced him to brushing and combing at an early age.

If only the housebreaking phase was complete ...
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:20 PM   #5
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Anyone's welcome to chime in. We have very loose "criteria"!! Was just trying to give those of us that have babies all around the same age some idea if we're going thru things along or if they're all at the same stage.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:40 PM   #6
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:20 AM   #7
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Quincy will be 13 weeks old on Wed. and at his last vet appt he weighed 6.4 pounds. His next vet appt is tomorrow for his second set of shots. I put him on the scale with me the other day, and I think he's up to almost 7 pounds already!

Q definitely is going through the same thing with the teething and sometimes gets into what I call "puppy frenzy" where he seems to be overstimulated. Last night was the first time I had problems getting him to go into his crate for bed. He wanted to sleep with us. He does spend time on the bed with us in the evening when we watch television, but is usually sleeping/zonked out when I put him in his crate for the night. He went out later than usual last night for his potty break so maybe that had something to do with it?
For the most part he's doing great with going outside to potty. The past two days, though, he's had a couple of poo accidents in the house. I think his system is changing because, like someone else said in a different post, he used to reliably poo about a half hour after eating. Now sometimes it's two hours, sometimes longer. It's hard to tell and I'm not sure if he even knows when he has to go until he actually goes. I do have pee pads, but he always misses them.
I think he's only used the pee pad once to actually pee. He's gone outside the rest of the time. The accidents are always poo and invariably he's near the pad, but doesn't quite hit it. If I'm not quick enough, he'll try eating it...yuck! He usually goes out for the last time at about 10:30 p.m. and will wake me up at around 5:00 a.m. to go out.

He very smart just like all of the Havs I have read about here on the forum. He is doing great with learning sit, fetch, bring it back, drop it (kind of) and lay down

I can get him to sit for some brushing/combing on the table pretty well, but he doesn't enjoy it one bit. I have to time it just right so that he's not in "play mode" and I keep a bag of kibble up there and treat him when he's for being good. I had planned on giving him a bath yesterday, but it was raining outside and he would have just gotten all muddy, so I'm shooting for today.

Hubby and I were like Laurel and Hardy yesterday trying to trim his nails (we have the pet nail grinder). Finally, hubby gave up and said, "just pay the extra $7.00 at the vet on Tuesday for them to do it." Poor Q! LOL It's hard to judge how far to go because some of his nails are white and some are black. I'm so afraid I'll do it too short and hurt him.

We are on the list for puppy kindergarten which is hopefully going to start in August. He should have all of his shots by then, so that will be good.

I am going to try and get his new car seat in my truck today and maybe take him for a ride and see if he's better in that than in his Sherpa carrier. He's kind of nosy and wants to see what's going on, so the carrier isn't working out so well.

As for eating, he is eating three times a day. I feed him the Acana Ranchlands dry food and Wellness Puppy canned food. In the morning and evening he gets 1/4 c dry plus 1 TBS canned. Midday he gets about 1/4 c of just dry food. I spread it around his expen and he likes eating it off the floor better than eating it in his bowl. I'll use that noonday food for his grooming treats too.

His socialization is going pretty well, I think. We've had people come to the house to meet him and play with him and he does well. He's a little tentative at first, but warms up within a couple of minutes. Again, the timing is the big thing. If he's just woken up from a nap, he's not as quick to warm up. He's kind of like me in the morning needing to wake up before I'm sociable LOL.
We haven't taken him out in public anywhere yet, but we're going to try and bring him someplace like Lowe's, etc. Without all of his shots, I've been a little hesitant to bring him out and about. I know there is a lot of different thoughts about the vaccination thing and with bringing puppy out and about, but I'm trying to err on the side of caution.

So I think I'm rambling now...here's a couple of pics of Q. It's hard to get a non blurry picture of him because he's constantly on the move. I know they are a little big, but I have them stored on Photobucket, so I'm not sure how to resize them. The last time I tried to upload an attachment, it didn't work for some reason.





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Old 07-16-2012, 07:01 AM   #8
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Dory, your Quincy is adorable!! I'd like to give him a big squeeze! Sooo cute!
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Aw, Dory he is so cute. Nice that he has a choice of beds beside each other! I felt ok bringing Ted out yesterday because he is just so easy to pick up if there is anything that I dont like or see. The sidewalks are clean and I really need to make sure Ted gets out and sees and hears the sounds of real life since my house doesnt provide any of that. I know the fear though because it took me this long to get the nerve up to do it. The worst is cigarette butts. There aren't many in the town because they have disposal vessels on every corner but there are always people who I guess just find that not convienant enough!
I too tried but failed at the nails. I have clipped the hair on his pads and a few choice privacy areas and bathed him twice, but I have a real hard time seeing his nails. Once I get them to pop out, Ted is done with it! He is going to the vet this Wednesday so I'll get them to do his nails then.
Ted has never been on our bed and is no where near trustworthy to me potty wise to start. When the nights get cool and he's a few months older, maybe!
Somehow I think one thing for sure, we are all sleep deprived!!
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:51 AM   #10
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Dory, your Quincy is adorable!! I'd like to give him a big squeeze! Sooo cute!
Thanks! The problem is that he KNOWS he's cute and tries to use it to his advantage with those puppy eyes LOL
He is definitely in the "testing" phase!
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