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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?