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these are a few of my favorite things/tips

I am on my second Hav journey with Teddy. Over the past 12 years of experience with two Havs and reading this forum, I have a few favorite tips/ items that I have found to be helpful. I thought we could all share some of those tips and learn even more

Cotton balls in the ears before bathing

Bausch and Lomb eye wash w/ flea comb to get any of the debris (I use this wash on the eye debris every day)

Large crystal nail file “for pets” (my second hav could not get over the nail clipper despite great treats and this file works even better without the risk of getting fur caught in a Dremel)

Houndz in the hood fleece for snowy cold days. - the dachshund fit works best for Havs with a long body better than other fleece. great quality and fit.

Dirty dog shirt for rainy and extra muddy days in the NW

Gold paws rain coat (had to get one custom made since my Teddy is long in the body also love their stretch fleeces

Brushing teeth twice a day including palatal surface (lesson learned the hard way)

Ramps, ramps, ramps starting as a pup for growth plate protection and they continue to work well with aging

Honest kitchen mixes, beef jerky, and dried fish treats.

Bovine colostrum and life 4 transfer supplements (will be replaced by Drs. Ramaekers and Will Falconer of Vital Animal in November)

Gooby x harness (no impingement on his trachea)

Crumps sweet potato treats

Plato treats of various types.

Advice on this forum re: car sickness- super short rides to park with treats every time he got into his crate in the back seat. Used 1/2 tab bonine 2 hours before a longer ride. He got over the drooling and sickness. It took a lot of work- but we got there! Whew- thank you for all the advice on this forum (pheromone spray did not work for us)

Gunner kennel (with a dog bed inside) on my back seat. (Best decision I made to keep us both safe and comfortable)

The onesie and inflatable donut were the best after neutering.

Wondercide All Ears Natural Ear Wash for Dogs

Use a non-slip bath mat on my washing machine as a non-slip surface for grooming- works great!

I would love to hear other members’ ideas and tips!

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forgot to mention the gunner kennel is only for the backseat of my car
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This is very interesting, thanks for sharing! I’d like to hear more about the ramps please! How are they so helpful?
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With my first Hav, I did not get ramps for the bed or couch until he was older. I wanted to be gentle on his joints after years of him being a jumping Hav. Later I learned that it is even more important to limit the jumping in pups before their growth plates are closed (usually around 1 year). So with my second pup, I trained him to use them from the beginning
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With my first Hav, I did not get ramps for the bed or couch until he was older. I wanted to be gentle on his joints after years of him being a jumping Hav. Later I learned that it is even more important to limit the jumping in pups before their growth plates are closed (usually around 1 year). So with my second pup, I trained him to use them from the beginning
You are very smart. I got ramps later but training them while young makes so much sense. You never know what may happen where your dog needs to be restricted. So much easier if they are used to it. My sister-in-law’s dog was recently hurt in a car accident and must be restricted from stairs and jumping. She is having a super tough time restricting him because he is so used to jumping and stairs.
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I would like to add that if you are going to vaccinate your dog, please do titers and do not vaccinate them if they are already immune. I have also found the ropengo and buddy belt harnesses to work very well. The zen nail clipper also works for me. A flea comb can also replace toxic flea/tick preventatives, along with a homemade repellent I make with lemons and apple cider vinegar and vacuuming/bed washing once a week. Postponing spay and neuter can also be healthier for your dog as well as ovary sparing spay.
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For the nail "emery" board, Pam gets the large, black ones from Sally Beauty Supply. Even after clipping nails, she smooths down the sharp edges with one of those.
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Palatal surface? Wow!

Thanks for this list - great idea!

Will contribute more when (if?) I have more time . . .

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A few of my favorites

Favorite toy: Zippy Paws

Favorite grooming supplies: Chris Christensen comb, and both formulations it Ice on Ice. The aerosol Ice on Ice is great for mats. Nothing I’ve tried beats Warren London Butter after a bath in the winter in a cold, dry climate.

Favorite treats/chews: odor free bully sticks and fruits and vegetables (especially frozen)

Favorite forum advice: threads on indoor potty training and how to find a breeder. This is really a unique forum, in spite of the “forum platform” being less popular in recent years. Other social media sites are full of sketchy dog advice. There are often differing ideas here, and a variety of experiences, but rarely is the advice irresponsible. I have read so many of the older threads, from when the forum was more active, and so many of them are still helpful.
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Thank Eva!

I second Zippy paws and they often have them at TJ Maxx. In addition, since my pup loves to squeak his toys like a horn, I bought replacement squeakers that either add for more fun or replace those that have been punctured.

Agree on the chris christensen grooming tools. The curved shears and combs have made a huge difference for me.

Regarding frozen fruits- my pup loves frozen blueberries and they are a good source of antioxidants. Blueberry mouth is really cute too When I make my juice he likes to participate and have a veggie/fruit sampler w cucumber, carrot, apple and blueberries.
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