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Do you have a fenced in yard for your Hav?

We have a fairly large non-fenced in yard. Would this be ok for a Havanese? A breeder I talked to said to put at least a 3x6 sized Xpen in the yard for them to play. If the dog isn't in the pen we'd have it on a leash but then I worry if someone drops the leash. Are they easy to catch up with when running??
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It would be very risky. Is there any way you can put up any kind of a fence for the pup? They tend to stay with you but anything can happen, cat, squirrel, another dog...plus dogs can get in to your yard that way which can be scary also.

They would not be easy to catch up with if they took off my Sophie runs laps around me at 100 mph and can dodge like a football player (we're working on that)
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We have a fenced yard and that gives us peace of mind. However, Ricky is ALWAYS supervised when he is outside, even in his fenced yard.

Havanese are extremely quick and very agile. No way are you going to catch them if they don't want to be caught. This can be corrected with proper obedience training and that can take a long time to be 100% reliable on recall.

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Emmie's an urban dog! I don't have a fenced yard so I take her on on-leash walks 3-4 times a day, plus there are many places we go where she can safely run off-leash. It works well for us, she gets lots of exercise and is in great shape.

On occasion when I've accidentally dropped the leash she hasn't run away but that's because we've done a lot of training to minimize that happening. The most important thing you can do is obedience training and not just when your Hav is a puppy.
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We have a fairly large non-fenced in yard. Would this be ok for a Havanese? A breeder I talked to said to put at least a 3x6 sized Xpen in the yard for them to play. If the dog isn't in the pen we'd have it on a leash but then I worry if someone drops the leash. Are they easy to catch up with when running??
No, there is no way that ANY human can catch up with ANY dog that is playing "keep away".

That said, we didn't have a fenced yard for Kodi's first 4 years. We taught a very, VERY reliable recall, and he was on leash any time he was anywhere near roads or traffic. Until he had that reliable recall, we used a long line to give him more freedom in the yard. I think taht would really be a better answer than an ex-pen.

Fences are expensive... I know! That''s why it took so long for us to install one. But even a fence isn't total safety for your Hav. We have Coyotes all over the country now, and hawks can come in anywhere. Some areas have bob cats or mountain lions. You MUST supervise your Havanese when theya re outside, even in a fenced yard.
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We have a fenced yard but are ALWAYS out with Leo and Rex when they are out in the yard. They live the freedom of running around off lead and the fence keeps them from getting too far from us. That said we gave owls, Hawks and brazen coyotes and Leo and Rex just wouldn't be safe out alone.


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Thanks everyone! I don't think we will be putting in a fence anytime soon and it worries me with our 3 boys ages 5, 7 and 9 that they won't make the dog (any dog) go wild and drop the leash! Maybe we should be rethinking getting a dog!
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Thanks everyone! I don't think we will be putting in a fence anytime soon and it worries me with our 3 boys ages 5, 7 and 9 that they won't make the dog (any dog) go wild and drop the leash! Maybe we should be rethinking getting a dog!
I would encourage you to consider a Havanese. Just get a 50 foot long line leash, tie it very securely to the handle of a long blade screwdriver (a minimum of 12 inches - more is better) and stick the screwdriver in the ground. Boys and dog will have all kinds of fun in the unfenced backyard!

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No fence here. I have used the tie out stakes that go into the ground. I have several lines so I can give her as much length as I want. I am always outside with her when I do this. Sometimes I just hook the lines to my lawn chair. Molly is never outside without me. Too much wildlife and sometimes loose neighborhood dogs(so annoying!).
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Thanks everyone! I don't think we will be putting in a fence anytime soon and it worries me with our 3 boys ages 5, 7 and 9 that they won't make the dog (any dog) go wild and drop the leash! Maybe we should be rethinking getting a dog!
With children that age, it is really, 100% the parent's responsibility to make sure the puppy (or dog) stays safe. Kids mean well, but they just lose attention... and bad things can happen.
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