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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Considering buying a Havanese. Help.

I'm looking to see if there are any Havanese owners out there that work full time and have had a successful experience being able to leave their Havanese home alone up to 8 hours (as adults of course)... So far sounds like it rates high on needing constant companionship and attention.... Feedback ASAP would be helpful... thankyou and aloha, Laura
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I asked this very question before getting our little girl, Lucy. I stayed home with Lucy for the first two weeks after getting her at 8 weeks old, literally on the floor with her, playing with her, cuddling with her, reinforcing the litter box, and teaching her it was okay to be in her x-pen without me around. That may sound confusing, how can I be with her constantly and yet teach her to be okay without me? Well, I'd leave the room for small amounts of time (seconds at first and then minutes) always coming back and rewarding her for being quiet. If she wasn't quiet, I'd wait until she was quiet and then return as soon as she stopped. She has adjusted very well and is very quiet in her x-pen. She quietly sits when I come home and waits for me to open her gate and then she rolls onto her back for tummy scratches. She has her litter box inside her x-pen an we built a private crate area for her to sleep in. She was completely potty trained (to the litter box or outside) by the time she was five months old.

Now Charlie, our little boy, is a different story. We got him when he was almost 16 weeks old and he wasn't potty trained at all. I stayed home with him for three days and had two to take care of. He didn't get the same micro-training Lucy got. He is much more "boy" and is very wild when we return but he too seems well adjusted. He is not potty trained (litter or ourside) and he's five months old now. He's an entirely different personalty.

Long story short, I think if you want to make it work, it can be done. It was a lot of time right up front but I beleive it was the best for Lucy and us.

Good luck with your decision.
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It's possible. While we do work full time, he's got a busy social calendar and quality time when we're home is a high priority. At first we did training & later agility classes once a week with puppy play sessions on the weekend. The latter were SO helpful in transforming him from a cowered behind me pup to an assertive, confident never met a stranger adult now. Once he was socialized and had all his shots, we moved to the dog park a few days a week post work plus at least one day a week at doggie daycare. At both, he spends half his time in a lap and the other half running around playing. He's never had separation anxiety. I think it really helps that he's BFF with our cat, so he's never 'alone'. They curl up together at times, wrestle and chase each other around; once even setting off our home alarm which I was told shouldn't be set off by animals under 40 lbs (their total 25 lbs).

And the time up front is important, like Diann said. I did intense crate training to get him housebroken relatively quickly (he was 4.5 months old when I got him). I came home every 3 hrs to let him out, have a short play session or walk. Once he got reliable (within a week or so), I expanded his territory slowly, only came home for lunch walks. Eventually (6 months), he got the downstairs entirely, and now doesn't like to be bothered for a mid-day walk - even on weekends; it's his napping/sunbathing/window watching time.
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Thank you so much for the info! So do you recommend that I take perhaps a week off of work initially when I get the 10 week old puppy? Seems they will be sleeping ALOT anyway and being away for 4 hours so long as they have piddle pad or fake grass in their area while gone can work.... (according to others..) I can come home middle of day and I'm also thinking of keeping him in crate at work and letting him out every couple hours... But they may be less optimal than home with ability to run around a 5 foot area with toys etc....
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Just get two, so they keep each other company!

For me, I only ever wanted 2 dogs. I have 3, but the good thing is they keep each other company. the bad is they can become weapons of mass destruction of your home.

I'm just going to blurt this out, but I am WAY more attached to my 1/2 hav, than I think he is to me. I miss him WAY more, when I'm at work... even though he's a therapy dog, and I bring him once a week with me to work, I wish I could bring him every day.
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I don't know too many dogs of any breed that enjoy when their human leaves for any extended amount of time. I adopted an adult Havanese from a breeder. Sergio was 2. I knew I wouldn't have time or previous experience with house training a puppy. Sergio needs to be taken outside 2x in the morning and 2x in evening. I let him sleep in my bed or wherever he wants in my bedroom so we have that time together. He is usually tired out enough by the time I leave him for the day.

There's no barking when I leave but he's very excited when I come home.

I still feel better with him in an xpen when I leave for more than 3 hours.

Plan on spending a lot of time with your new dog and make sure he gets a lot of exercise so he rests when you leave.

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I think that is the hard question that we all asked ourselves before getting ours. I was lucky, my boss let me take Kobe to work when I first got him. I was able to take him with me every day for a couple of months. I decided to go with the bell method for potty training. I hung it on my office door and then brought it home and hung it here. He picked up on the bell on the first day. (Sometimes just ringing it to get me to take him outside but that slows down after a week or so.) He is now 10 1/2 monhs old and stays at home in a large crate 8 hours most days. I still take him to the office for part of a day once a week to see everyone. I agree with the other poster, I think I miss him more than he misses me. I think he sleeps most of the day. Once I get home, he is out and playing for the rest of the evening. He is happy, well adjusted and never barks when put in his crate when we leave. I usually stuff his Kong and leave that with him and that entertains him for a while.
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