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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-24-2009, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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webcams: what does your Hav do when you are away

I'm curious if anyone has setup a video camera or webcam to spy on their Hav when they are away.

I have a webcam set up and my pup walks around occassionally but he pretty much stays in his crate. I can't tell if he has his rawhide bone in there with or not.

Anyone else do this? What did your Hav do?
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Hi Mark,
I have not done this, because I am afraid what I might see If they are crying when I'm gone, it would break my heart. I'm pretty sure my guys are content when I'm not home. My neighbor would let me know if my dogs were crying, I'm sure of it. I pretended to leave a couple times and they don't make a peep. When I tell them I'm going to work they jump up on the couch and watch me leave. They don't seem stressed at all. They almost seem too happy to see me go! When I get home, they are yawning and stretching as if they slept the day away
Please keep us posted, as to what he does. I know some breeders thinks it's mean to leave them alone for long periods of time, but others think it's ok. One told me they go into suspended animation and can't tell how long you've been gone. I'm not sure what I believe, but I don't leave my guys for more than 5 hours.





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Great idea! Maybe I'll have my son set something up. I have a feeling they just lie around napping, occasionally running to the front window if people are walking by

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I did this a couple of times...when I thought they were having problems when I was gone and they were fine. They did walk around alittle and then Casper went to his look out post and Missy went to her bed. They wait for things to go by the window to bark at.
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If I could figure out a Web cam, I would do it!



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I was happy to see that Sammy was just lounging in his crate. I was concerned that he'd be sitting by the door whining the whole time. The resolution of my webcam is a bit low, but I'm pretty sure he was chewing on his rawhide bone and napping.
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That's nice that Sammy is just chilling out when you're gone. He sounds like such a cute pup!





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My DH wants to do it and one of these days we will. I think Benji and Lizzie just sleep or watch the action outside from the sidelight at the front door when we are gone.

Looks like Sammy is happy getting R&R while you are gone.

BTW, I was told that one should not give a rawhide bone to a puppy or dog unsupervised. I don't give any chew treats that could pose risk of choking when I can't watch them. There is thread on the forum about risk of rawhide:

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....t=rawhide+risk

I don't give my dogs rawhide. I give them Merrick Flossies, N-Bone Pearly whites. I have heard good things about Moo brand braided bully sticks.

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Well I'm wondering how this is setup???? What do you use and how do you view it?
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I'm in favor of using a webcam. We found it so enlightening :>) We set one up after our townhouse neighbour told us that Dudley ( 1 1/2 now ) was continuing to howl when we were out. We were really surprised! We thought he had outgrown this behaviour. When Dudley was a little puppy we were aware that he really missed us if we were out of his sight and so we developed a routine to make him feel confident and safe and busy whenever we were out. For ex., the tv is left on, favourite toys are brought out, and he so enjoys the treats put in his Kong. My husband and I are both retired so we only leave him alone for an hour, two at the most. Also Dudley goes to doggy day care occasionally and does well there. Because of the 'complaint' from the neighbour, we decided to video tape Dudley so we could see for ourselves how he reacts to being left alone. It was a real eye opener! We saw for ourselves that although our pooch was okay when we first headed out, the howling began soon after he finished eating his special treats, and then continued with short spurts of howling every 15 minutes or so until we returned. When we walked back in the door, Dudley was stitting near the window, on his little stool, as quiet as could be. He was obviously happy to see us but gave us no indication that he had been so distressed while we were out. We know we are lucky that our pooch doesn't chew on anything while we're out, other than his toys, and he doesn't poop/pee in the house and is eager to eat his treats while we are gone, but we feel so badly that he howls. We tried leaving him in a smaller space ( just the kitchen rather than the entire main floor ) in hopes that might make him feel more comfortable, but that was a disaster. We video taped him in the kitchen and although his howls weren't as loud as before ... he whined and cried the ENTIRE time we were out!!! Maybe as he matures his howling will subside, however, in the meantime we would welcome any suggestions as to how to ease his distress ( and the neighbours:>) Thanks, Val
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