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Count down to puppy

Hi everyone,
Friday we bring Penelope home. I feel like we're prepared yet obviously there will be many surprises!
We have ex pens and crates set up, toys, treats, grooming supplies etc.....
I've read numerous books on puppy training in general and havanese in particular and this forum has been a wealth of info!
My question is, what does a typical daily schedule look like for a young havanese?
I work from home mostly so she will be well attended, but I don't want to smother her either.
Advice greatly appreciated.
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Welcome, how exciting. A schedule is important, routine is a very good thing. Lots of naps, poop times, training/play. I think you have to set things up so it works on your schedule. Nothing will be routine immediately, but start out the way you want this puppy to be when it is an adult as far as mealtimes, nap times/crate time. Going potty will be constant in and out for a while, first thing when he wakes. Out after eating, playing, napping or if he just looks sniffy or gets ansy. Meals will be 3 times a day and eventually 2. I feed breakfast and dinner. I am at home and when my guys were little I put them on a 2 hours awake, 2 hours crate routine. It worked great for us they got very comfy with their crate and I had a break periodically and when they were awake we had quality time together. It worked well for potty training too because they went out before crate time and when I got them up and as they got older it set up a good time schedule for training.
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My advice would be to not give too much freedom in the house too soon. People who do are just inviting potty accidents to happen. Also, be mindful of the fact that because you work from home you don't want your puppy to become dependent on having to be with you at all times. Teach her right away that you do leave her but always come back. Use your crate and pen to confine her when you can't have eyes on her and take opportunities throughout the day to leave her alone. This might be when you shower, are cooking or cleaning, getting the mail, running an errand or concentrating on your work from home. Finally, my best advice is to enjoy every puppy minute! They grow so fast, and even though they will try your patience, keep you up at night, chew up a favorite item or pee on your rug, Havi puppies will steal your heart and give endless joy to your life!
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New Puppy and I Work at Home

My schedule sometimes begins at 5am. I take puppy out to pee when he barks insistently (and some recommend you only remove from crate when dog is quiet, I realize) and most often that is at 7am. Regardless, first feeding is at 7 and water, of course. Outside we go. Back insicde, after that a half hour of fetch and belly ticking, he goes into the inside dog run or expet while and I check and answer email, send invoices, etc. While doing this I look up to see him try to play with two toys at once.
Havanese love toys, (be sure and google squirrels and log and get your fur baby one of those) and there are usually three or four around Kosmo.
In the dog run next to where I work (mine is canvas and cost about $50, many are sturdier) I have a bed and toy assortment, including a pee pad, which he wads up and chews, more often then not. (Always remove plastic and paper from puppy's mouth, of course.) And while I am looking at screen and laughing at the short varying whines Kosmo emits while trying to get my attention, I talk soothingly to him.
After an hour he goes upstairs next to crate next to my bed for three hours and then wakes up at lunch. Outside he goes. Back inside,lunch is served, outside again, more playing fetch and very gentle tug of war. Belly rubs, laughter, etc. After about two hours, back in crate. We go out, to pet stores, home depot and Lowes where he can ride in carts, but paws rarely touch ground as vaccinations are not complete. I have a carrying case with mesh sides that seat belts in for car travel. Toys travel as well. My daughter dog sits and he plays under supervision with her two young collies. He loves every human he meets, and once issued short, sad whine when Home Depot trip failed to earn the attention of a single stranger. I explained that people who work outside the home tended to be very busy and distracted on weekends. Anywho, for the most part there is nine hours of sleep and 4.5 hours of play during the day. When he wakes up from his evening nap, he goes out, has a snack, and we play more low key games. Kosmo sleeps from nine to seven or from nine to five at night. His toilet training at 18 weeks, is going very well. Accidents are about every three days. This is a breed that might be fully potty trained at 6 months. 6 months is also the age at which I plan to start obedience, although most would start sooner.
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