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Met our Friend! Love at First Sight (for us at least) =)

Hi Everyone!

We are in the process of rescuing the cutest little 12 week old Havanese from a rescue group, and we couldnít be more excited. This is my first time owning a Havanese, so these boards have been so helpful. Yesterday we met our new friend for the first time, and if all goes well with his vet check this week, he will be ours on Saturday.

We went to see our puppy at a local pet store, where they hold weekly adoption events. The owner brought out our adorable little guy, and it was love at first sight, well for us anyways!

The woman told us we could take him in the corner of the store, where it was quieter, so we could see what he was like. He was being very good, we just held him and pet him (we were scared to put him down because we didnít want him to run away), however, every now and again he would whine, and he was trembling a bit too. After about 10-15 minutes, we brought him closer to the other dogs who were waiting to be adopted and that is when he started really whining. Was he just missing his other doggie pals?

Once I put him back in the pen with the other dogs, he was happy as a clam, running around with his buddies and you could see his playful personality come on through. He wanted nothing to do us, or any humans for that matter, he wouldn't even come to the side of the pen to sniff any of the people, all he wanted was to play with the other dogs (even the ones who were unwilling) or chew on his bone.

I am assuming this normal behavior, and when we bring him home, he will eventually come around and love us, right?

Look at me, we haven't even brought him home, and I am already a worried mommy.

Thanks for letting me share! I look forward to participating more on these boards.
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If he hasn't had alot of "human" contact that I think it's natural he would prefer puppies over people but I'm sure once he will be fine once you get him home....he may not ever be a "lap" puppy.......of the 3 I have the male is the only true lap puppy..the two females are lap puppies once in a great while....good luck!
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As soon as you bring him home you HAVE to socialize him with humans, the socialization period closes at 16 weeks. This is the time for his brain to be hard wired for human contact, it can be taught later but it is best (and easiest ) to be learned now. He needs to meet 100 new people a week.

Please read about this on dogstardaily.com

http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...on-with-people
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When he comes home try to be very calm and patient,at first he must only have positive experiences with you so that you gain his trust, this may take a little longer than with a puppy from a good breeder,who will have already socialized the pups.You will have to fill the space of the other pups he has left behind, so you will need to play with him,and be his best toy!Once he is happy with you then start introducing him to friends,get them to come around and let him see that you are happy your friends are visiting.Ask them to come in without making a great fuss and noise,and if they are very tall or large it is sometimes a good idea if they go down to the floor and gently meet the pup,let him go up to them and greet them in his own time,you can't rush these things,also your friends could give him a little treat,so again he has a positive experience.Good luck with your new pup!

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Welcome and congrats. Great advice so far. Yeah he sounds like he hasn't been human socialized. Everyone you introduce to him ,do it on his terms. Let him go to them. Here's an article http://www.dogstardaily.com/training...on-with-people

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Thank you all so much for all the tips and links. I've been reading up on socialization and training all day. I haven't had a puppy in a long time, and there is a lot of information to re-learn and read. I know it will be for the little guy's own good and ours too!

I want a happy & socialized dog! I am just glad I am a teacher and can spend the entire summer with him every day while he is getting used to his new surroundings.

My husband has never had a dog before, so I am trying to prepare him for it too.
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