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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 11-29-2010, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
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I'm new to this forum. Found you all through Googling Havanese forum figuring there must be one out there somewhere and voila! I am currently dogless, but I've been doing A LOT of research and have discovered that a Hav is definitely the breed for my family. As such, I have checked out all the rescue sites I can find, but there are few if any in my area, Ontario, Canada. Originally, I thought I wanted a pup, but I'm thinking that training a pup in the dead of winter may be bit hard with the cold and the snow being higher than the poor pup is tall, so I thought that a young adult would potentially be perfect for us, but sadly for us there do not seem to be any to be had. I see lots of rescues available in the States on Petfinder, but only one in Ontario and though I have been in touch with that rescue facilitator, it seems as there is an adoption already pending there...yay for the dog, sad for me. If anyone knows of someone who is looking to re-home a young adult, I would very much appreciate the information. A quick bit about me. I am a single mom, two wonderful teenage boys, work from home and homeschool, so home lots, own my home so no landlord issues, have large fenced yard and live moments from dog-friendly groomed walking trail, have get togethers with other HSing families who frequently bring their dogs along, so doggy playdates totally available. Ideally, I would still like to get a pup down the road as well so the first dog would have a buddy.
Ok, I don't want to write too much. Thanks for any help or info that any of you can offer. I very much appreciate it.
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WELCOME!! YOU SELECTED THE RIGHT BREED. HAVANESE WAS MY FIRST DOG TOO. HAVE YOU TRIED THE HAVANESE RESCUE? FOR THE RIGHT HOME, I DON'T THINK LOCATION IS AN ISSUE WITH THEM. GOOGLE IT AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE FINDING THEIR WEBSITE. THERE ARE A LOT OF HAVANESE RESCUE PEEPS HERE. GOOD LUCK. PLEASE KEEP ME POSTED.





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Trish, welcome to the forum! I agree it might be a challenge training a puppy in your climate! Have you checked Havanese Rescue (HRI)? You can find it online. Hopefully, someone on this forum can help you in your search.

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Thank you. I did try http://www.havaneserescue.com/; however, all the dogs needing homes are in the States in which case there would be immigration/boarder issues, shipping the poor animal, and not having an opportunity to meet the dog first, which would be nice, though I suppose not absolutely necessary.
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Welcome to the forum! And good luck on your search. I am going to offer a differing opinion on the winter training issue. While we don't have the cold/snow issues that you in Canada would, we do have rain - LOTS of rain. We also have an unfenced yard where other dogs sometimes roam through. We brought Augie home a few days before Christmas. We did not want him anywhere where stray dogs had been until he had all his immunizations. He came from the breeder with a good start on being paper trained. We continued that for quite awhile (he tore the pee pads to shreds). Then when I learned about the UgoDog (a tray with a grated top, newspaper or pee pad under the grate), we transitioned him to that fairly easily. There are others on the forum - Tom King comes readily to mind - who train their puppies from the beginning to a litter box. There is also a tray out there that has a fake type grass on the top. Augie did not go potty outside for several months. He also trained quite easily. I know there are those who have strong opinions that their dog will be trained to potty outside from the beginning. But having done it the way we did with the results we got, when we get another pup, we will do it again the same way.

I might add that after he was about 8-9 months of age (he is now 2 yrs), he has gone potty outside. We have left the UgoDog out for him 'just in case' but he doesn't seem to use it - he will just hold it until he is taken out. He goes out on a schedule or I watch him for 'hints'. So, even though you might start them inside, it doesn't have to remain that way forever. Though I did find it much easier just just let him run to his UgoDog when he had to go. :-)

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That's very interesting! When a dog is litter box trained or has the corrugated topped or grass topped box to go in that is kept inside the house, do you still take the dog to it at set times or is it just kept in laundry or mud room like a cat's litter box for the dog to use as he/she feels the need?
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Please don't tell anyone but we kept it in the kitchen! That is the only central area in our house where we don't have carpeting and he could be with his people. We put baby gates at both entrances to the kitchen with his crate, food & water bowls, etc. So, basically, it acted as kind of a large ex-pen. And, no we didn't take him to it on a schedule. He used it the way he had his newspaper when he came to us, on a need-to-go basis. Hopefully, others will chime in with the method they do this. I know Tom King has a video on here posted not that long ago of his specially equipped room for his puppies that shows them with their litter box......just to find the thread again. There have been threads with potty training discussions. I just wanted to throw another thought out there for you to consider as long as you aren't one of the people who are strongly opposed to the puppies going potty in the house.

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LOL and thanks for the added info. No worries though...our two guinea pigs are in the kitchen. They have a C&C (crates and coroplast) cage that is 28" x 70" and sits on the table in the corner of the kitchen. We eat in the dining room. People sometimes wonder about keeping them in the kitchen, but this way they get frequent attention as there's always someone in there scouting for food and this way they never miss hearing the fridge being opened and never miss an opportunity to sit up and call out begging for food. Yes, guinea pigs sit up and beg for food just like dogs do.
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Trish - you might go to the Puppy Area of the forum - I'm sorry - I'm technologically challenged and don't know how to put a link directly in here. But go to the second page of that section, toward the bottom of the page and find the thread "Puppies Playing Video" that Tom King posted. It shows his litter boxes and just is over-all a cute video. Talk about spoiled puppies!!

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Thanks Linda,
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