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When is a puppy ready for a new home?
I would like an opinion from those of you who breed. I assist in rescue and wonder if some of the challenges people are having with their dogs (besides those who came from mills) is that they have left home too early. It seems recently that I have been reading about dogs leaving their dams by 8 weeks which seems very young to me.
My breeder told me that havanese tend to mature slowly and that 11-12 weeks was a good window for finding a new home with a loving family.
Also another huge challenge in rescue is housetraining. Does the dam teach the puppy anything about where to eliminate? Or is this purely something the hu-mom has to teach?
I know well that consistency is the key to housetraining, and that a puppy left alone will make errors and not realize that he or she is doing something that would be better done outside.
Also what teeth cleaning instructions do you give your new owners? I was really surprised when Riki's hygenist told me he had some gum disease above one tooth and he is only five. I wonder if there was something I should have been doing more than the brushing and the brush away as well as the cleanings.
I didn't just get havanese, I got a lifestyle!
Loving Havanese since 2003