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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-20-2007, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Back to school

We have many among us on the forum who are teachers. I want to wish all of you who teach a great beginning of school. My son starts Wed. I'm sure our Havs will miss him, hey I wonder what they do when we are in class.
Good luck with the kids,
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I agree, good luck with our kids, teachers. Glad you're the ones looking over them for a while! LOL

Our oldest starts Cegep (grade 12) tomorrow, Wed. Our 2nd enters gr. 10 and youngest starts high school, grade 7 - here in Quebec anyway. Time flies and we had such a crappy August that it feels we hardly had any summer at all!




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School started back for my youngest(6th grade) 3 weeks ago, which is good because will are on our 24th day of temps in the high 90's to 110, so its too hot to go outside, and you know how antsy they get. My older daughter starts her 2 year of college next Monday, Wow saying that makes me feel old.

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This thread brings up a question for me. My kids start school next week, I drive them. Since the puppy will bring a whole new dimension for our morning routine, I was wondering if you all had any suggestions for how to make things go as smoothly as possible. We will need to leave the house by 8:15 and it is about 1/2 hour round trip.
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I often grab Mirabel and take her with me to drop off my son when he doesn't walk to school.
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I have thought about taking her with me and probably will sometimes. I am sure once she is settled a bit the kids will want to bring her in to share. But I was also thinking that might be a good way for her to get used to being left alone for just a short bit of time----any opinions?
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I put mine in what I call the puppy condo, which was a crate I had for my lab when she was younger. Its the extra large size. A expen would be the same. I found that there was no way I could watch the puppy and get the kids ready for school. I had the condo in the living room/kitchen area where we were so he was still part of the action. I will warn you mine fussed for the first two to three days to get out. But don't give in and it will pass. I would take him out to go potty, bring him in, feed and water in the condo and give him a toy and a blanket to lay on, after the first few days he was fine with this, and would go in himself after coming in from potty and it made morning time alot eaiser, nobody stepped in the unsuspecting puddle. Don't you just hate that wet sock feeling?

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When I leave my dogs I just put them in their kennels and do not make a big deal of the whole thing...You could leave her with a toy...but I don't even do that, esp if I am only going to be gone for 30 min. Just DON'T make a big deal of it because you can inadvertently(sp) casue her to have seperation anixiety...She should be fine.

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I'm not a teacher, but wanted to wish you all a great year! I know I am ready for school to start. I like the *routine* and structure of the school year...much more manageable! heh.

Kim, You've gotten some good advice so far!

I would make sure that potty-times are before you leave. It really depends on your dog, Gucci will need to go potty 30 min-1hr after eating, so I would probably wait til I got home to feed her, but that's just what would work for us.

I would also probably take her a few times a week, helping her get used to the car...that may come in handy in the future! And, it would also be a good chance to get your pup used to being at home, in the crate or xpen (whatever you use). When we got rid of the xpen, I would start leaving her for say, 15 min. and work up in time, to make sure she didn't get into any trouble in the house. Now, she's to the place where she will sleep by the door and wait for me.

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Erin's advice is the same sound advice I get from my breeder who really knows Havanese and keeps the best home for her dogs (really my unbiased opinion). Sometimes I listen to her advice and other times I don't and have to deal unattended Havanese messes. When Dorie first joined our family I had to open the Media Center at 7:00. She was kissed goodbye then placed in the Xpen with a potty pad and water. Upon my return the pad would be shredded and pee was on the floor of the Xpen. Dorie had green pieces of the pad in her fur. That's when Dorie shortly therafter discovered toilet paper comes in a roll and it's really fun to grab the end and decorate the house with the long strands of paper. Havanese puppies are so funny and mischevious and Dorie was very good at entertaining herself. Her toys just couldn't compete with that paper-shredding primal urge.

I think that when dogs are trained as pups that their crates are very nice places, they actually enjoy being kept there during the day. My school is only a mile from my home so I come home for lunch and let the dogs out for about 10 minutes in the middle of the day. No more messes and pups are let out when I get home at 3:30 to play for the rest of the afternoon and evening. It's fun to watch the RLH activity when I let them out. I have wires around my computer and stereo equipment also persian rugs and cannot afford to trust these fur kids to be home alone unattended, I'd hate to see anyone get hurt, and they do enjoy trying to chew cords, furniture or anything else when they are teething.

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