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He's born!

In November of 2016, my partner and I decided to get a Havanese. In the fall of 2017, we put down a deposit for an upcoming litter. Now, we've just found out that our little guy has arrived. He's finally here! We cannot wait to welcome our first puppy into our home and hearts. Thanks to everyone on this forum who answered our questions while we learned about the breed and researched breeders. My excitement is tempered only by the reality that, in a few short weeks, we're going to be thrown into the thick of life with a puppy. What will the first night be like? What if he doesn't like us? What if we can't crate train him? What if he hates the food we want to give him? How do we be good puppy parents? Such a whirlwind! To prep, I've read Before and After Getting Your Puppy (Ian Dunbar), The Art of Raising a Puppy (New Skete), and How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With (Rutherford and Neil). Life as we know it is about to change forever. And I can't wait!

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I'm sure you are both over the moon excited to welcome the little guy into your lives. Can't wait to see pictures
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I'm so excited for you! Take deep breaths. It will be fine. Yes, raising a puppy is work, but it's also delightful. During the harder times, just remember a few things.

1. Puppies are so stinking cute to keep us from killing them.
2. Puppyhood, in the scheme of things, is really pretty short.
3. Unlike with kids, it's LEGAL to put them in a crate or pen and LEAVE them there for a while if they are driving you crazy.


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I would not recommend the New Skete book. Long story short., its harsh methods , Stick with Dunbar.

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I would not recommend the New Skete book. Long story short., its harsh methods , Stick with Dunbar.
It took me forever to get through the New Skete book. Very little resonated with me. The other two books I've found to be very helpful. What are your thoughts about Dunbar's method of stuffing toys with kibble throughout the day vs. giving a puppy regularly-timed meals to help regulate elimination? I like the idea of using kibble-stuffed toys to help him get used to his crate and ex-pen, but that approach seems to make the elimination training a bit more challenging.

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In November of 2016, my partner and I decided to get a Havanese. In the fall of 2017, we put down a deposit for an upcoming litter. Now, we've just found out that our little guy has arrived. He's finally here! We cannot wait to welcome our first puppy into our home and hearts. Thanks to everyone on this forum who answered our questions while we learned about the breed and researched breeders. My excitement is tempered only by the reality that, in a few short weeks, we're going to be thrown into the thick of life with a puppy. What will the first night be like? What if he doesn't like us? What if we can't crate train him? What if he hates the food we want to give him? How do we be good puppy parents? Such a whirlwind! To prep, I've read Before and After Getting Your Puppy (Ian Dunbar), The Art of Raising a Puppy (New Skete), and How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With (Rutherford and Neil). Life as we know it is about to change forever. And I can't wait!


I am so happy for you! Our puppy is only 5 1/2 months old, so I remember exactly how you are feeling now! I can only tell you what I did, because my KC adapted to us and his new home pretty quickly. I asked the breeder for the brand and type of dog food that the puppies were eating and for a small blanket with the scent from his mom. I placed his crate with a new blanket in the bottom, along with the one with his momís scent, upstairs next to my bed where I could reach it to place my hand on the front/top, in the event he cried/whined during the night. During the day KC was in his crate on the first door when we were not petting or playing with him. We made sure to take him outside to potty every 20 min for a couple of days and then progressed to 30 min intervals for the first 2 weeks. We stopped using the crate and transitioned him to a pen, which we have set up in our family room on the 1st floor after that, and he was just fineó day and night. Enjoy every minute with your new baby furball! Loretta


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kongs are invaluable. Dog Star Daily has everything possible to read and learn.

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Congratulations! Oh boy is the time going to drag by now as you wait to be able to bring your baby home!



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Congratulations--that's too exciting!!! I think I can relate as my puppy will be born next week! I'll definitely be checking back to see how things are going and also to ask a myriad of questions to the forum myself Now the second part of your countdown begins Enjoy!
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Keep your phone or camera close by at all times. Puppy days are fleeting and you need to catch all the cute antics, THEN post to the Forum. We all crave puppy pictures!
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