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Hello! I've read every thread I could find in this forum about getting a second Hav. We have a 6 yo male Hav named Cappy who (in my opinion) is perfect. Cappy was crate trained as a puppy and has been completely house-trained since about 8 months. He's a certified therapy dog. He has no separation anxiety at all. He loves adults and kids, has dog playmates in the neighborhood, and even loves cats! We take him with us everywhere they let you take dogs. Both my husband's and my parents happily watch him if we go away because he's so easy and happy-go-lucky. We are supposed to pick up a new puppy (another Hav) tomorrow and all of a sudden (after months of waiting for the right pup), I have cold feet. I've wanted a second Hav forever, and my DH finally agreed it was a good idea. Now I'm worried Cappy isn't going to be happy with a new puppy in the house, or that this puppy won't be as easy to train, or that he'll have separation anxiety...you get the idea Any advice from those of you who have a second Hav? Thanks so much!
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I expect Cappy will be very happy to have a new buddy. Send pictures after they are together.

We've had several owners of adult Havanese to get their second puppy from us lately. They always have anxiety worrying about how their single Hav will take to a new puppy. There has not been one dissatisfied one yet. You should see the pictures we get back, but I won't post pictures that other people have sent us.

A well trained adult will help raise, and train a new little one. Our pack helps us all the time.
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Thank you Tom. I appreciate your comments. I’m sure it’ll be fine. I’ll post photos soon!
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Thank you Tom. I appreciate your comments. I’m sure it’ll be fine. I’ll post photos soon!
Are you getting a puppy from the Kings?!?! Lucky you! We are “Starborn double dippers” ��

Kodi was 6 when we brought home our second, Pixel. The first night, Kodi was the perfect “host”... greeting and playing with her gently. The next day, he looked at us, like, “I didn’t know we were going to KEEP her!!!” LOL! After that, he was like a curmudgeonly uncle... still kind and gentle, and he would play with her, but also needed his space at times. When she was little, she had a LOT more energy than he did, and sometimes she was a bit much. She would hang from his ear or even his lip. So we made very sure he had the ability to get away from her if he wanted. I also made sure he got plenty of “Kodi” time with us, without Pix. (She got special time with us too, of course!)

Eventually, she started to grow up, and he adjusted to her and started to (gently) stand up for himself. They have become very good friends, along with our third, Panda, who joined us 8 months after Pixel. We expected the three to get along, and they all do. There are some wild races in the backyard, and occasional tug’ o’ war sessions in the house. My husband and I take all three for walks together.

Like you, I worried how Kodi, the “apple of my eye”would adjust. Just as my older son adjusted to the arrival of his younger brother, so did Kodi adjust to his little sisters. He’s still my special love, but I wouldn’t want to be without any of the three. We love them as individuals and we love our “herd of Havanese”. ��

I think Kodi’s life has been enriched by the addition of his “little sisters”. And I think adding a second when your first is just about perfect. Kodi was completely adult, settled enough to be a steadying influence on the girls, and help with potty training. They were easy in comparison, because they just followed him in and out, and did what he did. At the same time, he was still young enough to enjoy playing with them.

You’re going to have a great time!
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It's great to have a well trained older sibling that won't be teaching the new puppy bad habits.
I got Link when Zelda was a little over 1. She was not too pleased about the new addition when he arrived. She had always been MY dog, and was not a very clingy. When the puppy got home she suddenly decided that she needed to crawl on everyone else's lap except mine. Especially when I was playing with Link during his playtime out of his pen, Zelda would avoid me and the puppy and suddenly go crawl up on someone else's lap.
That was the extend of her "protest". And it didn't last long at all, soon she was playing with Link and Link was jumping all over her. And she became MY dog again They are a pretty good pair, they take turns harassing each other (Link really let her do it to him since he's a much stronger and larger dog that she is, while she tries to hide between my legs when it is Link's turn to do the chasing/biting)
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Congratulations on the new addition. I have a feeling that soon you will wonder why you ever had misgivings. Your new one will be life enriching for all.
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I can't help with the cold feet but I'm sure, from reading all the posts, that everything will be fine. Can't wait to see pictures!
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Every time I have added a new puppy to our household over the years I have experienced cold feet shortly before it was time to bring the new puppy home. Also I always seem to experience a “What the h*** was I thinking moment a month or so after the new puppy arrives. It all works out fine in the end and the new puppy grows up to be a beloved family member! Enjoy your new puppy. Remember puppyhood goes by so quickly!
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Every time I have added a new puppy to our household over the years I have experienced cold feet shortly before it was time to bring the new puppy home. Also I always seem to experience a “What the h*** was I thinking moment a month or so after the new puppy arrives. It all works out fine in the end and the new puppy grows up to be a beloved family member! Enjoy your new puppy. Remember puppyhood goes by so quickly!
I certainly can second the second part of that! LOL! I just keep reminding myself that the reason puppies are so cute is so that we won't DROWN them before they turn into wonderful family members!
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We brought our new guy home 4 weeks ago. Our 2 year old was definitely not welcoming. Forum members gave me the same reassurances and still I was certain we had made a huge mistake. Then she started sniffing him, then visiting him through the gates of the ex-pen, then short morning and evening play sessions and now every time he is allowed out of the ex-pen they spend it running and wresting and chasing each other. It is a joy to watch. Please don't be discouraged if they are not immediately in love with each other. It will be fine.
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