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Question New puppy

hey guys, im getting a havanese puppy in a few months and i am wondering if this is all i need to get:
a midwest Dog Crate 24L x 18W x 19H
an adjustable collar, a leash, a bed for crate, two bowls, Wellness Small Breed Super 5 Mix Puppy Health Natural Food for Dogs, UGODOG,
Four Paws Smooth Touch Pin Brush,
Four Paws Ultimate Touch Slicker Wire Brush, kong squeaker tennis ball, nylabone dura chew, hamburger chew toy, Sergeants Zoink Rubber Treat Puzzler Dog Toy, dos biscuits, and a plush toy. is that all that i need to get? oh, also im getting an id tag and an ex pen. what size ex pen should i get? i was thinking a 30" tall one. also, is everything that im getting good quality and is did it work good (ugodog). thanks so much!
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Congratulations on your puppy! You should probably pick up some shampoo an conditioner, never know when they might need a washing or buttbath. I"m not familiar with ugodog, maybe someone else can pipe in didn't use a crate, but it sounds like a good size. As for toys, they tend to like soft squeaky ones more than the rubber ones, or so it seems, just an observation I've made on here and with mine..

But, overall, it sounds like a good start to many, many things you will end up getting for your havanese ..

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Thank you Thumper, can you recommend an ex pen?
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I started Brody out with a small portable plastic crate (in addition to the wire Midwest crate) as I could easily bring this into my room at night and put him on a chair/table by my bed.

I have the Ugodog. I love it and was glad I went that route as my dog definitely has the paper shredding obsession.

OH, a harness. I was also very happy to have bought this because when Brody was really little and just learning stairs, he went up a set at work (that has open back) and slid right through. If I had had him on a collar/leash he'd have been hanging by his neck. It was very scary.

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I would not recommend using a wire slicker for a Hav puppy. It coul scratch the puppy's skin and hurt. You want to havw positive associations with grooming as you will need to comb and brush a lot down theyears.

So, you will need a comb and pin brush, shampoo (no tears formula for puppies) and conditioner. I bought Johnson & Johnson Baby Wash specifically for my puppy's butt baths.

I cannot give too much feedback about ex-pens. You may want to search in the puppy forum (using different spellings for xpen, ex-pen, exercise pen, expen, etc). I went to Babies 'R Us and bought a 6-panel plastic 24" high play yard, and my dogs never climbed or jumped out, but my sister-in-law's miniature poodle mix was an escape artist, and we found her at the front door with my 2 dogs still inside the play yard.

I think most of the ex-pen/wire crate set ups use a wire ex-pen so that the crate can be attached to the wire panels. Check Tom King's thread about puppy house training. He has some photos.

When your puppy is teething, you may want to have special teething chews for him/her. One company , Petstages, makes great chew toys for puppies. They also make a freezable chew toy that can help with teething pain. I am sure there are other manufacturers, too.



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I also recommend a harness as opposed to a collar. These havs have very sensitive throats and can get hurt badly if they jerk or pull really hard with a collar on. Once your pup is reliably leash trained then you can surely wear just a collar!

Also, a good shampoo and conditioner is essential!

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can you put id tags on a harness? thanks for all of ur answers! can you guys recommend a harness plz?
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oh ya, all 3 of Tillie's tags are on her harness, although she only wears them when we go on walks.

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can you put id tags on a harness? thanks for all of ur answers! can you guys recommend a harness plz?
You can put tags on the D-ring on the back of the harness (where you attach the leash). Many of us prefer to leave the tags on the collar and use the harness only when we take the dogs out for a walk because a harness can cause matting of their hair once the hair starts getting a little longer. You will want to avoid matts whenever possible.

Some folks use the Puppia harness (you can find it online) which is a step-in harness and is easier to put on and take off than other types. Try searching on the word harness to look for threads or posts for many opinions.

Another type of harness is a no-pull harness. Many times a puppy or adolescent dog is in a real hurry to follow his nose and pulls on the leash which is something you will not want. The no-pull harness is a self-correcting harness that can spin the dog around to face away from where he was headed when he pulls.

One brand name is SENSE-ation No Pull Dog Harness. Another is Easy Walk Harness No-Pull Dog Harness. (We have used this one, and it works well.) Be sure to take it off your dog or he might shred it to get it off (Buster did that when I forgot to take it off him.)

One caveat: do NOT use a head harness for these small dogs because it could injure the dog severely.



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I am using both a collar and a harness for my very small dog, the harness is for every day fun walks, the buckle collare is for serious training, she always wears the collor (with her ID stuff), the harness is just for walking and driving it works as a restraint in the car it hooks to a lead on the seat belt.

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