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Hi Everyone! We are proud owners to Samy our 4 1/2 month old Havanese. My boys ages 6 & 9 fight over him, we all spoil him. He is really doing well on the potty training and the basic commands. I am thinking of getting another Havanese which I saw a male younger than Samy, from another breeder. (Samy will be neutered in Sept.) Do you think it is a bad idea to introduce a buddy to Samy? Should we just forget about it? This other male Havanese is so cute and my husband isn't sure about it..any advice? Thanks!! Marilena
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Hi and to the forum!! I don't see why introducing them would be a problem, many people on here have 2 or more, and they are close enough in age it shouldn't be a hard integration.

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The good thing about two puppies is they entertain each other. The bad thing is that training is harder. Potty training, especially, can be harder, because where one goes, the other may follow suit. Also, teaching them to control barking is LOTS harder... the people with multiple dogs tend to have the most barking problems, even when they are adults. For obedience training, you really have to work with each one separately, which is not difficult, but time consuming.

Some people do get two puppies close together, and most eventually work it out. But be aware that the first year or so is going to be much, MUCH harder. Even a single puppy is a ton of work for the first year. If you wait until your older puppy is REALLY confirmed in potty training and the "house rules", (so probably between 1-2 years old) that dog can be a good influence in brining up a new baby. I think that's what the majority of people who want to Havs end up doing.


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Welcome to the Forum and the World of Havanese. I agree with Karen's comments and reasoning wholeheartedly.

Even after Samy reaches adulthood, you might want to consider adopting an older Hav instead of a puppy. It should be easier for you - as puppies are a full-time job -and Samy could have a buddy [or buddette] who could keep up with him.

Plus, RLH [Run-Like-Hell] is so much more entertaining when there are two.

OK, so let me be the first to request pictures!



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This one is up to you but here is some homework if you want to ask yourself some questions. Remember your dog now is nearing adolescense ,so keep that in mind. Generally opposite sex dogs are easier to suit to.

http://www.thebark.com/content/bringing-home-second-dog

http://blogs.dogster.com/dog-trainin...d-dog/2010/12/

http://www.dogstardaily.com/blogs/bringing-home-bella

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As someone who reared 4 children and has 12 grandchildren, let me say that 2 children ages 6 and 9 and one puppy are a handfull. Adding another puppy into the mix sounds like a recipe for disaster. The children will soon tire of the puppy and you will be the one that has all of the training and work. So ask yourself if you want another puppy. My vote would be to wait until the first puppy is grown and then think about another one. (yes the children will tire of the dog eventually)
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Welcome to the forum, We do need pictures. Yes having two puppies at once is harder with barking and house training. Sometimes you get lucky and the house training goes easy, just don't count on it. Just ask yourself the what if's, if you can't come up with a realistic plan for every worst case, then wait a bit until your pup is older and comfortable.

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Welcome to the forum!!
I also have a 6 yr old and 9 yr old!! I know that 2 havs would be too much for me, but that is only a desicion YOU can make. Because YES, the kids do tire of the "chores" related to the dog. After awhile, they stop fighting over who feeds, walks, trains with, etc, because they just don't WANT to do it anymore. Teaching them that it doesn't MATTER if they WANT to feed the dog is lots of fun. LOL Our Hav is 13 months now and totally settled down and although puppies are CUTE, I know it would add WAY to much stress, chaos and confusion into our family. Besides there is no way we could afford to have a second one! LOL

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Thanks everyone for your advice, it all makes sense! I really appreciate it....I will post pictures of Samy very soon!
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