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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-13-2010, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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New puppy advice?

Everyone in our family is excited about picking up our first puppy on Easter. We have been doing lots of research on Havanese, and puppies in general, but I can see that there is a tremendous amount of experience within this group. Please share any advice you have for a new owner of a Havanese puppy. What do you wish that someone had told you before you took home your first puppy? We will appreciate all of your suggestions, about anything at all.

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Well in my experience they are pretty easy dogs from the get go. I wish someone would have given me a list of all the grooming tools I would need. Just recently I have been trying to grow out Izzy's coat and I asked for help on this forum, of course the response was great. So some things that have made my grooming a little easier are:

1. Coat Handlers Conditioner
2. Chris Christensen 27mm oblong pin brush

The conditioner is great for the regular purpose, and for mixing with water in a spray bottle, when you are brushing and trying to keep the coat under control and mat free. The pin brush is a little on the pricey side for a brush, but well worth it. You probably wont need these for a little while, but you could get started in advance and have them on hand. Have plenty of toys lying around and readily available. Congratulations and enjoy the puppy stage, it goes fast! Take lots of pictures!

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This is not Havanese related but is a good read for anyone, especially new puppy owners.

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Cory's Dad, where are you located?? I find that there might be a forum member, Hav lover, who might be close and be a mentor - one who you can call with questions and issues when they pop up.
Although, as a member here for over 3 years, there is a topic for EVERYTHING here. I am very excited for your family!!

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You could spend some time browsing through the forum and reading different posts. I learn a lot by reading about other forum members experiences, comments and questions. Even if it doesn't pertain to me at the time.....sometimes I learn things that come up later. You can search for things like "potty training", "crate training", "grooming", etc.

Its hard to narrow it down to a few suggestions b/c a new puppy is a lot of work! But I'll try... Keep them on a schedule, start training & socializing early, be strong & don't give into their puppy cuteness all the time, make sure you start leaving them alone for short periods of time from the beginning so they don't develop separation anxiety [I made this mistake!], have fun & try not to stress too much over them [made this one too!].....oh and don't expect them to be potty trained quickly, sometimes it can take more time than you think!

Enjoy your new pup....and make sure you post lots of pictures!
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Welcome! I encourage you to check out the different sections of this forum to find many threads on any topic you might need help with. You can find many in "Puppy Area" as well as "Health ..." or "Training Tips and Advice" .

If you still don't find answers or helpful advice, then please dont' hesitate to ask and someone will either steer you in the right direction or provide all kinds of tips and answers.

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Thank you for the suggestions. We are in the Hudson Valley, New York. I just finished reading the Sirius puppy guide. It was extremely helpful--lots of concrete advice about initial training. Great.
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Gather up extra energy! Be patient. Start grooming when the pups are little. Watch them like a "HAWK," puppies will chew everything and try to eat it and swallow does not matter what it is.

Get some good carpet cleaner for puppy accidents.

A tired puppy is a good puppy! So, plan on exercising that puppy when they are trying you crazy!

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One tidbit that worked wonders with my boys was proper sleeping arrangements. When Brady first came home, I had him in a crate in the corner of our bedroom. He woke me up twice and cried quite a bit. Then my breeder told me to put him at eye level next to me. I put the crate on top of a card table next to the bed and he slept through the night from that night on. That is my best peice of advice. Oh, and take lots of pictures

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Would you suggest having the puppy sleep in our room, or in a separate room?
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