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Exclamation Separating Havanese a good idea?

I'm a 3rd party here and want this to come across as unbiased as possible. I'll lay out the situation and ask for your thoughts on what you think is best. Any links that would support thoughts would be much appreciated, thank you!

1. Both Havanese were purchased together as puppies from separate litters at 8 weeks old and have been together for 6 years now.

2. Both dogs have always lived in the same house with a fenced yard and a doggy door for access.

3. Both dogs are well cared for and are regularly exercised.

4. The owners were married and split up 8 months ago. The person that left now wishes to split up the dogs (in 5 months) and put one of them in a condo with no access to a yard for 8-10 hours alone per day.

5. Neither dog has *ever* been alone in their entire lives.

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Sounds like an absolutely horrible plan to me. The person who wants to split them up and leave one alone for several hours a day needs to think of the welfare of the dog instead of their own selfish desires. Why do they want to do this after 8 months?
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Sounds like a bad plan to me. While dogs can and do adjust to new living arrangements, a dog that has always had a companion, and always had access to a doggy door and suddenly doesn't have either one anymore may have problems. There may be some separation anxiety and the dog may potty in the house since he or she is used to free access to the outside and is now stuck inside.

Those kinds of changes in a dogs life take time to work on. It can be done (rescue dogs are rehomed every day and for the most part, very successfully) but the doggie door issue may cause a bigger problem.

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Sounds like an absolutely horrible plan to me. The person who wants to split them up and leave one alone for several hours a day needs to think of the welfare of the dog instead of their own selfish desires. Why do they want to do this after 8 months?
This person misses the dogs and wants to keep one of them even though they have been apart for 8 months already. And believes the dog will be just fine and doesn't foresee any problems.
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I agree with all the people who said that if this person truly cares about the dog, s/he will not split them up.


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How about if they work out a shared parenting arrangement?

Of course, the condo person should either arrange for a dog walker or doggie daycare so the dogs would not be alone without activity and access to acceptable pottying.



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Although it is does not sound ideal, this does not mean it can't work. I hope if they go through with the plan they do it on a trial with the maturity to put their egos aside if it does not work. Sometimes when dogs who have been together for years part they both thrive and open up in different ways. Some even like the change and getting all of the attention from their human. Yes, there will be adjustments.

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Not only would a person who truly loved her dogs not split them up, but they would never place them in a home where they were left alone 10-12 hrs a day! These dogs are bred to be with people and it is cruel to leave them alone. I know these people are getting a divorce but take the time to do what's right for the dogs. Please have them contact Havanese Rescue so that they can place these furkids in the proper home.





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Somebody needs to read the Judgement of Solomon. And then maybe get a couple of adult rescue cats.
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