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Bonding with puppy/dog....

I have posted many questions lately, as I am beginning my research on Havanese. As many of you know, I have young children and I am hoping to get a Havanese sometime in the next year or so. I am starting to really like the idea of getting a young Havanese, (under 2 years old) that has been housebroken and is out of the "puppy stage." My husband wonders about "bonding." I have read about the weeks of critical development, early on in a pup's life. I would appreciate any thoughts/comments about a dog/puppy bonding with owners. I know that the dog would have had to have been socialized very well, especially with young children. How easy is it for an "older" pup to bond with a new family?
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I don't have experience bonding with older Havs, but as a kid we got a retired champion doberman who was 5 years old, and my brother and I bonded with her immediately. We were 7 and 5.

Personally, I think it has to do with the dog's individual personality rather than the breed in general. Havs are pretty agreeable most of the time, so as long as the dog has been socialized with children I think you will have a good experience

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From my experience as a breeder -I have rehomed a few 6 month olds, a 1 yr old, a couple 2 yr olds and most recently a 5 yr old- and every single one of them had absolutely NO problem bonding with their new family.
The Havanese are such people lovers, I think as long as they come from a loving home where they are getting plenty of socialization etc that they have no problem adjusting to a new family. Now I know that some rescues/mill dogs are going to have different outcomes because of their previous situations- Just be sure you really get to know the breeder of the older puppy, and where the puppy was raised, spend time with it ect and feel comfortable with the puppies personality/temperment etc.
I spent lots of time finding the perfect families for my older dogs, and turned down plenty of potential homes until just the right one came along, and it has been so worth it!


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I know a lot of people believe that if you don't get a young puppy you won't bond with it. From my experience that's a myth - even with most rescues. I agree with Natalie, I think it has more to do with the individual personality.

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Dogs are so loving and trusting and Hav's in general. I would think the bonding would begin with one look from their trusting, loving eyes!

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Dogs are so loving and trusting and Hav's in general. I would think the bonding would begin with one look from their trusting, loving eyes!
Oh, yes, I agree! My husband is an animal lover! I think he wonders about the dog bonding with our family. I am sure there would be an adjustment period for the dog, but I don't think bonding would be a problem. Especially with such a people-loving breed! I posted this question, because of his concerns. I am going to share the responses with him!
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