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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-30-2015, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Can those of you who have owned Havanese for more than four months tell me if we can expect Shama to at some point take naps on her little beds in various places in our house (wherever we are)? Right now, she is forever restless and exploring whenever we have her in the wider world of the house. She only really relaxes and sleeps when she's in her crate or when she's on the couch with us at the very end of the day (and even then, it's only at the very end - most of the time when she's on the couch with us, she's in her little bed chewing on pig's ear).

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How old is she?
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Shama is still very much a puppy. Like young children they seem to have boundless energy. However as she matures over the next couple years or so she will spend more time chillin' and less in restless wandering as long as she gets the opportunity for real exercise daily. She may move from room to room with you always but will be more content to nap or laze around while you work, watch TV, etc.
For example, right now, I am sitting at the dining table drinking my morning coffee. The 3 older dogs are all lounging on the floor while Rexy is reeking havoc on a jingle ball in his expen!



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She's still very young. I do think she'll calm down as she gets older. It's still a great big new world for her! Mae was/is a busy body. The only time she was still as a puppy was when she passed out and that could be anywhere. She turned two the end of August and she does hang out with me in the various beds around the house but she is way more active then Tim. I have a bed in the kitchen that she hangs in when I'm cooking dinner. Timmy has always been a lounger so he always hung out in beds even as a pup and he loves to sleep.

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Yes, I'm surprised how mellow Sheldon has become, now aged only 2 1/2 years. They definitely settle down.

I don't know where you are in Minnesota, but there are some good doggie day care places here in the Twin Cities that really tire them out!
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We adopted Willow from her first family when she was about 9 months. I would get frustrated because she seemed to never want to just sit quietly. If I was sitting down she was always bouncing around next to me with a toy trying to get me to play. Now that we have had her for awhile, she has settled down quite a bit. I think at the beginning it was partly that she was in a new, strange home with people she didn't know, plus she was still quite young. She still has lots of playful moments seems to settle down more when I'm sitting and will curl up either on my lap or beside me. I really don't know if this is a result of getting older or just getting to know us better. It's probably both. It took her probably 7 to 8 months after we got her to get to this point. So, you have a puppy plus it's in a new environment. I'm sure you can expect Shama to calm down as she matures and learns your habits and routines.



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Same with Sophie she is now 11 months old (tomorrow! Whaaa!) At first I had to keep an eye on her constantly or have her in ex pen next to me while I worked but gradually she has settled a lot, and now chills while I work with me or if she is busy, she's not being destructive (most of the time) I notice it when we go places too she will sit contentedly in my lap where before she'd struggle to get down and explore. Also at night she can now sleep on the bed (with cushions to jump down at her age) where I had to crate her before or I'm sure I'd wake up with a roof over my head but no walls left.
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Thanks, all! Love your stories. Shama is sitting on my lap now, chewing on the drawstring of my sweatshirt.
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