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post #1 of 58 (permalink) Old 11-15-2009, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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New to forum and to Havanese

I have a 4 month old Havanese named Murphy. I had never even heard of the breed until about 3 months ago. I'd been looking for a dog that would get along well with cats (I have two), and wouldn't mind living in an apartment. The Havanese kept popping up in every search I did. Then it seemed that everyone I spoke with either knew someone who had one of these wonderful dogs, or had one themselves. I must have been living under a rock!!

He is an amazingly sweet boy and gets along famously with the cats, which is pretty fun to watch, actually. When they're playing their chasing game, he can't quite seem to figure out how they get away so quickly...or how they can jump so high. But he always goes back for more!

The only real issue I have with him is his dislike for his crate during the day. At night, he goes right in when I say "go to bed". He gets a treat, which is part of the attraction, but in the mornings when I leave for work, the treat is not enough of an enticement. I have a shirt in there that smells like me, various toys, including a Kong with a treat in it, but nothing seems to matter. I end up having to go get him and put him in the crate myself. He knows I'm leaving, but I keep hoping that eventually, he'll get used to the routine. Is this a common issue, and what else can I do to make him more comfortable with the fact that I have to leave?
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Welcome!

Welcome! Murphy is adorable. Have you thought about using a pen instead? Or baby gating a small room, like the kitchen or bathroom. Piper would sleep in her crate at night but did not like to go in there during the day. I used a little pen for her during the day until she was potty trained and she was much happier.

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I was using a baby corral up until about a week or so ago, but I came home one day to find Murphy sitting on the couch, waiting for me. He had obviously climbed out of the corral somehow, since it was still intact. That's when I went back to the crate.

I did have the divider in the crate to discourage him from having accidents in there, but he's been very good about that, so I took it out. He now has the entire crate to move around in, but it's obviously not enough. Maybe I could look for a corral type thing with some sort of top on it? Do they even make those, or would I need to rig something? Since I temporarily live in an apartment, he's going to have to be contained until I'm sure he's not going to chew cabinets and baseboards, or pee freely throughout the house. That's a little ways off, I think.

Thank you for the welcome! This board has been a great help since bringing Murphy home.

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to the forum, and your pup is adorable. I think he dislikes it during the day because he dislikes you leaving. Sometimes it may just take longer for him to get used to the idea of you leaving and trusting that you will return. Mine took a long time! Julie's suggestion was a good one. He may be more comfortable in an xpen that he can move around in a little. It's worth giving a try. Whatever you choose to use, try finding an extra special treat that you only give during the day when you leave. Mine loves boiled chicken, and I will put it in a kong to keep him busy for awhile. Another toy I like to put boiled chicken or small treats in is http://www.dog.com/item/everlasting-fun-ball/311400/
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Oh, as I was posting my response, I see that you asked about Murphy climbing out. I once had an expen that folded in, so I bought one with a top (Black Epoxy 8 Panel Exercise Pen Top w/Snaps) at http://www.digitpet.com. That way it won't collapse, and he can't jump out. The second thing I bought is a huge crate with a door:
http://www.digitpet.com/product_grou...3037&pid=12111
I use the crate when I leave, and it has room for a bed, good water, pee pad and a little room to walk. The crate is really for a HUGE dog, but I bought it that way so I could use it as an expen without fear that he'll have an accident on the carpet.

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Welcome and congrats on your little cutie! They do make X-pens with tops -- you may want to check pet edge.com. Another option, if you have a small room like a laundry or bathroom, would be to leave him in there -- I would suggest that you get some of the precision gates and line the walls of the room with them, though. O/w, he may decide to chew on the floorboards or walls (not that I have past experience with that!). And, of course, you'd have to make certain there's nothing he could get into or get stuck in first as puppies are VERY inventive about things like that.

I think the treat ball is a great idea, and you may want to leave on the radio or TV so there's some noise for him while you're gone. Also masks noises from outside.

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Thanks for the responses and the welcomes, ladies! I think I'll look around at the X-pens that are available.

He's funny, because he won't even touch the Kong with the treat while he's in the crate. Once I'm home at night and we've gone outside, he races back to his crate to get his Kong out so he can eat the treat. It's been inches away from his nose for 8 hours, but he won't touch it!! I hate to think of him just sitting there, waiting, until I get home. I'm beginning to think that guilt is my biggest issue with this puppy.
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Welcome Grace, here is an article too, [url]http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/home-alone[/url
and here is another http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/errorless-housetraining

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sorry those links didn't work . I will try again ?

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Try this again http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...-housetraining
and try this one also http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/home-alone

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