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Getting pup this weekend/any training books or tips?

HI everyone!

My family will be picking up our 10 week Havanese pup this weekend -- we are very excited! We've been debating whether to get a dog for quite some time, and have finally come off the fence onto the "yes" side of the yard!

I've been reading a ton on the internet and on here about training, but frankly, it's almost too much info! Having a hard time with it all.

Are there any books that are recommended? I need something comprehensive and organized b/c my brain is a bit all over the place right now.

Housetraining is the big one, of course, but also need to learn more about the biting/nipping. We have a 5 y.o. daughter and I know there's a ton we'll have to deal with there too (to a certain extent we'll be training her too!)

Thanks all!
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Oh, so happy for you! You will absolutely LOVE your little hav! Does he/she have a name yet? I just adopted my first havanese pup and joined the forum a few months back , so I am certainly not the person to give too much advice yet, but there are alot of senior members who are awesome and will answer pretty much any question you have!
I have 3 kids and our little guy is wonderful with them! Havs love people, especially kids and love to play. Get lots of toys and even a really cool soft blanket for him/her to cuddle up with and also for your daughter to play with the puppy! Our Oliver loves stuffed animals with long dangly pieces and also short rope-type toys with sqeakers in them!
Congratulations and keep us posted!!!!
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum!!!

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Welcome to the forum! You will be very busy this weekend.



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Absolutely get this one:

http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fu...roduct_ID=2502

It's almost required reading for all our puppy buyers these days. I can't think of one family that hasn't read it before getting their puppy in the past couple of years. It may sound like it's just for performance dogs, but it's not. It lays out very clearly training progressions related to a puppy's age, and as it ages.
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I found the book "the MOnks of New Skete" and "the Evans Guide for Housetraining your dog" to be my 2 favorite. They definately worked for my dog. Good luck and enjoy! You will fall in love with your little Havanese
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I bought Puppies for Dummies on the recommendation of several people and I found it was quite good. Well laid out and straightforward. I'd recommend it.
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Thanks to everyone!

Thanks so much for the welcome, good wishes and info!

We don't have a name yet -- we have a 5 y.o. daughter (who is all about Princesses and fancy, sparkly-words), and I love her more than life itself, but sometimes the names she wants to use make me cringe! SO, trying to come up with a name that is acceptable to both the 5 y.o. girly-girl and mom and dad, is a bit of a challenge!

And actually, we originally had planned on getting a girl from the litter (since, yes, girl dogs are fancier, and of course 5 year old girls are all about being fancy!). But now we are weighing whether the personality of one of the boy dogs might better suit us. Not sure -- we'll get one more chance to see them both this weekend, and will be open to the breeder's input regarding which is a better fit.

We've been reading a TON for a while, but are now getting focused and have a plan of action. We work, which makes it a bit harder, but we have a fantastic, dog-experienced babysitter who is home with our daughter during the summer (and we'll be taking vacation time at home too)... and a dog walker whom we love for when school starts. I feel very ready and equipped. And I am just sooo excited!

This forum has been a wealth of info. Thanks again everyone!
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Never had biting issues with this dog. Very big "people" dogs. Usually touching you at all times. Loves everyone, craves association, and will most likely do better the times of year you are home more.
Smart!! We went on vacation and left ours with friend. They accidentally locked her out. She walked 1/2 mile home and dug a whole under our fence to put herself back INTO our yard. Amazing!
Get chew sticks for the teething time, but NOT rawhides.
We trained everything from playing dead to sitting still for teeth brushing by giving little dog bacon bits. Her IQ goes way up everytime they come out.
If you are not going to breed, our vet said to spay her about 6mths age, but BEFORE her first cycle, as it will stop them from marking things. It worked with our dog, she never marks.
Always use the exact same words or hand signals for a command. All we have to say is "go poddy" and our dog knows to takes care of her business immediately-before we get in the car or leave our yard perimeter. Most her tricks are done with hand signals you can google on the internet.
Just be very very consistant in rewards and commands and do them often.
Best of luck. I'm not a pet person at all, just gave into kids request, but I love this dog. Only breed we will ever own.
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Thanks so much for the welcome, good wishes and info!

We don't have a name yet -- we have a 5 y.o. daughter (who is all about Princesses and fancy, sparkly-words), and I love her more than life itself, but sometimes the names she wants to use make me cringe! SO, trying to come up with a name that is acceptable to both the 5 y.o. girly-girl and mom and dad, is a bit of a challenge!

And actually, we originally had planned on getting a girl from the litter (since, yes, girl dogs are fancier, and of course 5 year old girls are all about being fancy!). But now we are weighing whether the personality of one of the boy dogs might better suit us. Not sure -- we'll get one more chance to see them both this weekend, and will be open to the breeder's input regarding which is a better fit.

We've been reading a TON for a while, but are now getting focused and have a plan of action. We work, which makes it a bit harder, but we have a fantastic, dog-experienced babysitter who is home with our daughter during the summer (and we'll be taking vacation time at home too)... and a dog walker whom we love for when school starts. I feel very ready and equipped. And I am just sooo excited!

This forum has been a wealth of info. Thanks again everyone!
PLEASE go with the pup that is the best personality fit for your family... DON'T choose based on gender, and don't let your 5 year old's wishes on this one be a major deciding factor. Your 5 year old won't be a 5 year old for long, and she will probably be close to 20 when this pup crosses the rainbow bridge. Make sure the pup is the best possible match for your family, and a guarantee, she will get over the fact that it's not a "girl dog" 10 minutes after you get him home!


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