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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-18-2011, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone! I am new to the community and hoping to get a dog soon, just doing my homework first! I need your input, please:

Our (my husband and me) apartment is small. 400 sq/ft. That might be generous. It's a studio apartment, with one large main room and a separate kitchen and bathroom. My husband thinks it's too small for a dog. (He's worried about smell mostly I think, but just also the fact that we already live in a small space, and I want to add a dog to it.) The great thing about our place though is that we have a nice, pretty big yard, which is rare for Los Angeles apartments. What do you guys think about space for a Havanese (and its people)?

Also, I've seen that some dogs like being crated at night... do any like being crated if they are alone during the day? My husband is working from home right now but he will likely need to leave the house sometimes during the day.
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By the way, I should say that the girl who lived here before us had a golden retriever.
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I don't live in a small space myself but I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem. Havanese are very accommodating dogs and seem to fit in wherever they are. They don't have a doggy odor, either which is nice! They do love to run around but they can even do that in small spaces. On the forum it is called RLH (run like h*ll)! These are super calm dogs and are not big barkers. I think a Havanese would be great for you but you'd better make sure your husband is onboard since he will be home with the dog the most!

BTW, welcome to the forum and good luck with your search!

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I agree with everything Kathie said

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Thanks you guys! I agree, my husband does have to be on board which is why I'm trying to be sensitive to his opinions too, and do my research. I did take him to meet a Hav once and he fell in love immediately, so I know he will love the pup too. Looking forward to posting pics one day!!
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I agree you do not need a big space. You do need to make for sure your DH understands about the house training phase. In a small area that can be a problem. If you clean up often and fully, it is not. It will take both of you. I am org. from Southern CA my family owned a fair bit of rental propertys and 400 SQ is very small for LA. since there is a yard it might be older? If your DH works from home and goes out sometimes and you have to put your pup in a crate, that should not be a problem. Just do not keep your pup in a crate for hours on end while you both work full time, it is just not fair.

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Yes, the place was built in the '30s and is a carriage house. There are only 3 other units, which actually used to be a house and was divided into 3 units, which is why we have the nice yard.

I wasn't sure if he would prefer to be in a crate if we were away, it sounds like not. I know that they like lots of companionship, so I am trying to make sure he has lots of that, despite my working 8hrs. Also just trying to figure out what will make him happiest when we do have to go away.

On that note, where do you bring your dogs in public? Where are they not welcome (besides inside a restaurant...)?
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In LA there are lots of places you can go as long as they don't serve food. You might consider leaving the crate open (after the house training is complete) so your pup can decide, many dogs love their crates for rest or to feel safe.

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Welcome to the Forum!!
I agree with Havs not needing much space.. in fact, whereever YOU are, most likely the dog will be too! on your lap, at your feet, watching you pee... LOL
We crate trained Tillie from the day we brought her home and she has done great! She is now 9 months old and even though I trust her to stay in the house, out of the crate when we are gone, I haven't ever ACTUALLY done it because she is mischevious and I don't want her getting into something she shouldn't or that could hurt her while we are gone. I am stay at home mom, but do leave her regularly in her crate during the day (max. time of 4 hrs) and she does great.
Good luck with your search!!

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When, if you decide to get a Hav pup, it is really worth going to a very good breeder,as they may well have already started crate and house training your pup, and that is a tremendous help,especially in your small space.The up side of not having a large area is that you will be able to keep a close eye on your pup when it is not in it's crate,and it is great that you have access to a good size yard.The other thing with a help full breeder is that they will be able to offer you advice on which pup show the best characteristics for your requirements.Sometimes it is not best to just go for the one that looks the cutest or acts the funniest!Anyway good luck in your research,and keep us posted!!

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