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A day in the life of a Havanese ?

***Can you take me thru your typical day with your dog?

food times, potty times, play time, etc,,,,Also, where does your dog sleep?
Do you leave the dog now and then for work, errands etc, how long?****
Does your dog get into alot of things it shouldnt, after the puppy stage??
I heard it loves paper shredding? I guess bathroom doors always have to be shut? LOL
If you go on vacation, where does the dog go? Family, Kennel...Etc...
How often do you give it a bath? Or can you just take it to the groomer every 4 weeks?

Anything you can tell me about your life with your Havanese will prepare my
Hubby and I for our new venture....

I posted this on my other thread, but I think it got lost in the responses..
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When my guys were pups, I had to spray bitter apples on everything. I also hid as many electrical cords as possible. I would crate them at night, but during the day I set up an xpen. The pen had food, water, toys, bricks made into steps, pee pad, bed etc in it. I was against the crate, because I work a lot of hours. When they were pups I had someone come in every 4-5 hrs.

My guys are now 6, 5 and 4. They have run of the house, a dog door, and a fenced in yard. When I work, they pretty much sleep on the back of the couches and wait for me to come home. I have a dog walker take them for the entire day or come in at the 4-5 hour mark. She walks them for an hour a day. When I have days off, or short days, I walk them a good hour. That's pretty much all they need. They sleep most of the day. They are not much into toys, but they love treats and their walks. They don't destroy or chew anything at this age. As a matter of fact, they were never very destructive. Scudder chewed a couple blue tooth ear pieces that were left on the floor.... but that's about it. They don't even go after the toilet paper rolls anymore! So basically they eat, sleep, walk, follow me around, eat, sleep, maybe another walk, get groomed and go to bed.They are the easiest 3 dogs!

Also, they can sleep in bed with me or on their dog beds. I have their bed up high at the same level as my bed. When I go on vacation, my dog sitter stays at my house with them. I don't have potty times, because they have a dog door. They just go in and out as they please. No set meal times either, because my jobs are different times everyday. They have eaten as early as 3:30-4 am and they are fed no later than 7pm.

I wash and groom them myself. They get their nails cut every 2 weeks. They get haircuts every 4-6 weeks. I wash them every 7-10 days.
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Thanks!! They are adorable!!!!!
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Well really newborn to about 5 month old babies need to go out a lot if you are gonna train them to go outside. Our baby uses the wee - wee pads inside and also goes outside. We wake her up at about 10:00 (yes we are blessed with a great sleeper!) and take her out within 10 minutes for her big morning pee and poop. She goes, we come back and feed her and (since she's still a pup) play with her for about 30 minutes. Then she sits by us with her chew or just is put back in her pen for a sleep. When she needs to go she just uses her papers wherever she is. After lunch (at about 1:30) we take her for another poop or pee and since we live in NYC take her into central park most of the time. By than she's tired and either goes out one more time to pick the kids up at school or after dinner. We give her dinner at about 6:00 and then she watches movies or plays games with us. Somedays she only goes out twice and others she doesn't go out at all. Since she can use her papers inside we don't have to take her out but I think Its wonderful for her to have the enrichment of walks. But anyways this is our normal schedule. I would say we leave her for a range of about 1 hour to 4 hours and she is really great about going with the flow. When we go away she stays with the dog trainer but this summer was are first summer with her and we did take her to Cape Cod which is about six hours away and she did really great. The problem was when we brought her she was in a crate and couldn't see out the window she threw up about three times and we figured out that (just like us) when your moving and can't see were your moving you will get carsick. For the whole time in the Cape we took her in her sky seat


which is like a booster seat for dogs. They are clipped in so they can look outside or stick their heads outside with no problem. Hope this has been useful!!!!!!!!
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I would say your little one is a lucky girl, having her walks in Central Park.

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Hahahaha!!!! Yes she's quite the spoiled little one (but aren't they all!)
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MY guys are 7, 6, and 4. We wake at 6am and they potty right away, eat, and potty again. Then while we get ready for work, they sleep. OUtside one more time before we go to work. I come home 4-5 hours later, they potty again. We play and hang out all afternoon, very often outside. They eat at 4pm - potty again and then not till bedtime - 8-9pm they potty again. All 3 sleep in bed with us!
But....... A puppy is very different!!! When I have a puppy it is outside to puppy every hour on the hour! I take time off work, as to me, the potty training is the priority!! They are fed in the am when they wake up and pottied constantly. We play, they potty, etc etc. Fed around 12 noon, and again around 5=6pm. All feedings are in the xpen, where the other dogs cannot get into.

Remember, there is no perfect schedule. The pup will adjust to whatever schedule you want it to have. It might sound crazy but I loved - and refer to Puppies for Dummies - often!! Consistancy is the key! Once you have established the schedule - then you stick to it and the pup will learn very quickly! If a puppy - I would not let them in your bed for a while - till they are fully potty trained. But all my puppies are in a crate, on a chair, right next to my bed.

I love that you are asking so many questions and are going about getting this dog the right way! When you finally find the perfect pup - you will know it all

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I fung: Adorable!!!! Thanks for showing me the pictures...Im wanting one more and more...Too Cute!!
Thanks all!!! I enjoy reading this so it gives me an idea...I totally forgot how it ws taking care of my yorkie in my teens...So basically, they eat 2-3 times a day, and they can go I guess 3-4 hours without having to go out if your not home..
What do you do in the case that you have a wedding or something and your gone for like 5-7 hrs...Do you keep them in a room? With our yorkie we used to enclose him in the kitchen....So then if he peed, it would just eb on the kitchen floor...
Sorry for all the questions, but Im one of those people that likes to gather alot of info and resources, before I make any major decisions...I usually dont rush right into things..But I will tell you, I definitely want one, and I think we will get one, once we find the right time, and the right dog....Hard to be patient though, they are cuties!!
I think a puppy would probabyly be ok, but Id rather get my own toddler potty trained first, before I have to worry about potty training a puppy ..I did read getting them out once an hr is key...I woudl love to find a 1-2 yr old dog so I could get the dog soon
There is a 4 yr old rescue I am interested in from adopt a pet..That came from a breeder and they said he is great with kids...So maybe we can take a look at him to get a feel for the dog...
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If you go for a breeder dog - that is great- but be sure it is a reputable breeder - and that the dog is healthy =up to date on shots, heartworm etc.!! It helps to get an older dog, who is already potty trained, when you have toddlers. Just make sure that the dog HAS in fact been subjected to children, so you know that the dog is good with young ones!! That is VERY important!!
Keep in mind that even a fully potty trained dog, who is re-homed will have accidents, and need a little re-training in that area when they come to a new home.

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