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Favorite Way to Play?

I think it would be fun to hear how others enjoy playing with their little Hav buddies.

1. At puppy stage when still can't go out in "pubic," so both games, etc inside the house and in the yard. Stanley is 14 weeks, and gets his 3rd shot on Tuesday, so soon his restrictions will be off...yayyyy!
2. Once we can meander a bit more
3. Special fun times once in a while
4. Fun tricks Havanese can be good at learning in addition to the standards. We're now working on: The Name Game, Watch Me, Sit, Down, Touch, Stand, Take It, and Wait to come inside the house after me. And treats for potty, of course.

Thanks ahead of time!

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What a darling little on in your profile pic!!

Havanese are the best at playing! Just be careful nothing too strenuous until growth plates have closed. I started training Sophie (for obedience, nosework, tricks etc) from when she was very young so that and throwing a ball (and throwing and throwing... haha). She loves hide and seek games too. Which nosework is a form of. Now she also loves the interactive puzzle toys and comes up with her own games. Like under the covers and try to dig to China....

You are going to have tons of fun! Be sure to post pics!

You did give me a belly laugh....quick go add an "L" in the word in #1 in parentheses! LOL
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Ha! Too late to edit, it appears. And me with my big typo hot button. 😳
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LOL well just that much funnier I was going to say, I always make sure Sophie goes out with pants on
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Mine were going out and about, and to school at 9 weeks old, withing days of thier first shots. Socialization is SO important. I avoided places likely to be dangerous, like pet stores, city streets, etc., but they were out and about with me every single day. Like Dee Dee, all of mine started training just about the day the came home. There is so much you can do with them it's hard to list it all just always be mindful of those soft bones and joints.
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That brings up a question Karen do you know how much is too much for those puppy joints? I am freaked out that even though I was careful with her, you know how wild she is and may have done some damage long term. I knew I should have put her in a hamster ball!!! To make it worse 3 vets have said her ligaments are loose, like all over. Not luxating patellas but still a little loose. And I used to be able to feel her left shoulder pop in and out once in a while even neurologist mentioned it and she wasn't even in there for that. (she went to a nerologist for a bee sting lol. I thought she was having some kind of seizure or something....expensive bee sting but thank goodness that is what it was). I haven't felt her shoulder do that in a while now though.

She also has yelped at times in play until recently I have not heard her do that in a while now.

We do a half hour trot when not raining, fit paws exercises, etc. hoping that will help.

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Cassie's all time favorite game is one we call "come Cassie". One human goes to far end of our yard, sometimes around the corner of garage beyond sight, and calls "come Cassie". Most of time, she runs like crazy and gets a tiny treat (she does it for no treat as well, but we don't want to vary it too much). The other human waits until she had gotten treat or touched the first human and calls "come Cassie". She runs back and forth between us until we get tired! Now if we say, let's play "come Cassie" she runs to the door, tail up, eager expression. It beats throwing the ball, which gets returned about every third throw...she brings the ball back but drops it and it bounces away often, requiring the human to go after it.

We play the game indoors when it rains, but is a little dangerous as she flys thru the house and has skidded or hit furniture in making her turns so we have to stay fairly close to avoid mishaps.

We learned the game during her first puppy class and it has remained a favorite.
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Cassie's all time favorite game is one we call "come Cassie". One human goes to far end of our yard, sometimes around the corner of garage beyond sight, and calls "come Cassie". Most of time, she runs like crazy and gets a tiny treat (she does it for no treat as well, but we don't want to vary it too much). The other human waits until she had gotten treat or touched the first human and calls "come Cassie". She runs back and forth between us until we get tired! Now if we say, let's play "come Cassie" she runs to the door, tail up, eager expression. It beats throwing the ball, which gets returned about every third throw...she brings the ball back but drops it and it bounces away often, requiring the human to go after it.

We play the game indoors when it rains, but is a little dangerous as she flys thru the house and has skidded or hit furniture in making her turns so we have to stay fairly close to avoid mishaps.

We learned the game during her first puppy class and it has remained a favorite.
I'm glad to hear about Cassie "returning" a fetch 30% of the time and dropping it far enough away that you have to retrieve it yourself. That is Tux to a TEE! HE controls the fetching. I had forgotten the game we played where he would run back and forth to each of us. They seem to prefer interactive participation, so I found one favorite game with the two squirrels from his log toy. I would toss one. Tux would run to pick it up, but before he brought it back I would run towards him with another squirrel, then spin around and toss a second one the opposite direction. As soon as he took off for squirrel number 2, I would pick up #1 and run back toward him and toss it the opposite direction. It kept both of us moving and Tux realized that mom was fetching just like he was. What fun!!!!!

We play "soccer" with a teeny weeny soccer ball that he can fit in his mouth. He figured out how to make it roll both with his mouth and with his paw. I just use my feet to keep it fair, but I don't kick it far away. He plays more like a kitten when we play soccer. I have a really cute video but don't know how to post those.

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Thanks everyone...great ideas. More fun times ahead for Stanley Frederick!
Karen, you'll be happy to know we braved the big bad world a tiny bit this morning and went out on his leash feet on the ground. The looks I got from him!
Cassie and Tux have a new friend in the same fetching school...same stats! 30% return, more exercise for me than for him!

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yes, please don't be over cautious. You need to get your pup out and about as soon as you have first shots. Here is AVSAB statement on socialization . Your time for primary socialization start to close at 12 weeks. This is vital. https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads..._-_10-3-14.pdf
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