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We got our first Havanese about a month ago and Bella is such a dear. Our problem is having our friends' older dogs (toy poodles) around such an active puppy.
She's only 3 1/2 months old and the poodles are 3 years. They don't like her jumping and excitement. How can we handle this without ending up holding Bella or just not having other dogs around? Is there a trick I haven't found yet?
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Nancy,
I'm not a big help, but don't worry as soon as more people wake up, you'll get great advice, I'm sure.

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Usually they are able to work it out themselves, unless the other dogs have a history of aggresion. My oldest is 4 - and Logan just 1 - he is a real pain in the a** sometimes and they older ones just put him in his place when they dont want to play. I would think that the other dogs, will growl and tell him they dont want to play. They should always be supervised though.
I would be that once they are around each other more and more, they will get used to your little bundle of engergy and will do fine.
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We're new to Havanese and new to posting pictures! We're learning about both but the older I get the slower new things come along. She's really such an adorable furry thing. She's a chocolate and white--and she is so funny! We've never enjoyed a dog as much as Bella. The pictures will come soon. My husband and I enjoy looking at all the photos to see what she'll look like when she grows up.
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Welcome Nancy!

How do the poodles respond to Bella?
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HI and

Unless someone here has an "idea" for you...you may have to just wait and ride out the puppy phase! I think your pup will settle down a bit, especially once Bella gets to know the other dogs and is around them more. Bella is still a baby..Although, you could try offering her a chew, bone or special toy when your friends are over with their dogs to distract her a bit.

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Make sure you know the temperment of the older dog...like Laurie said they will take care of the puppy, by growling or walking away...Friendly dogs will not harm a puppy, in my experience....If you see the puppy is not letting up..and the older dogs are getting tired of it....just have you puppy lay down beside them...

My 9 year old lab put up with getting her ankles and tail bitten over and over again...but sometimes I make them leave her alone...

I feel like if I step in, when I can tell she has had enough...then she won't take it into her own hands, if they don't listen to her... But she is very, very tolerant of them..

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I have a older dog that is hyper and if I know she is going to be around dogs that aren't so playful, I try to exhaust her first. Same thing if I know she is going to the nursing home, Belle must go jogging or I get her to do the recall game back and forth! So that way she isn't crazy about visiting, rather she goes through a short hyper streak and doesn't have as much energy in her tank left.

Also does your pup have a favorite toy to distract him when you visit the poodles? If you feel like it is getting to a bad point. Take it out and distract him before the poodles look annoyed.

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Thanks for all your advice. Unfortunately, the "favorite toy" of Bella's are the poodles when they're visiting! I'm hoping it's just a puppy phase and that by the time she grows calmer, she will still want dog friends. The one poodle who comes here the most has an attitude and it's a female. Bella hasn't been around the male poodles yet. I don't know if that will matter. Again, thanks for the information.
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I think your best bet is to have them get together lots, but supervise so Bella doesnt really get them mad. Let them reprimand her a little when she does what they dont want her to do. In time, they will get used to each other and be fine. My girlfriend has 3 Havs also and one of hers is a little "bi*chy" and my dogs just now ignore her.

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