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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-02-2013, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all, we are considering a Hav for the family. our only problem is that we are a working 9-5 family while kids are in school. Ive read that the Hav does not do well when left alone for long periods of time.
Can you share your experience and perhaps some suggestions as to where to leave him during that time? I will come home occasionally to take him out but cant do it every day..

any input would be appreciated.
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welcome , I would recommend day care.

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I waited for more than 14 years to get to a place scheduling wise where I could take my Hav to work with me. Having had dogs of all kinds all of my life, I do see the innate need of Havanese to be with their people even more than other breeds or mutts that we have had. I think at a minimum you would need someone to come in everyday to spend sometime with your puppy and to get him/her out for a walk. Havs are wonderful but they were bred to be companion dogs which is why they really do best when they can spend most of their time with their family or a loving substitute.


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I wouldn't suggest a havanese if you work full time and are a busy household. Havanese are specifically bred to be with people. It's not fair to them unless you can do cage free doggy daycare or daily dog walker. These dogs can get severe separation anxiety.

I have 3 havanese. Even though they have full run of my house, a doggy door and secure yard, I still bring in a dog walker. I break it up for them. A couple full days at daycare or with the dog sitter and a few with 1 or 2 one hour visits during the day. They are never left for more than 4-5 hrs. They don't have any anxiety when I'm gone but just don't think it's fair to buy a companion dog and leave it alone all week.





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Get two havs at the same time.

problem solved.


Seriously though, Linda is right. any puppy, is gonna be needy. you should plan to have at least a couple weeks off, so you can bond with the new puppy.

Havanese are a phenomenal breed, I can't imagine NOT having one, and I only have a 1/2 breed, lol. This pup is gonna need company. human is preferable.

I have two anatolians and one 1/2 hav. The three of them entertain each other while I'm at work. But my little guy is a certified therapy dog, and if I wanted to, I could bring him every day to work with me. He comes once a week, and he's always VERY excited to come with me. and when I come home from work, he's with me, right next to me, till I fall asleep at night. It's his nature.

doggy day care isn't a bad option. It'd be better if you had a neighbor that works from home or is retired, if the pup could hang with them.

I know of families where the mom was a stay at home mom, but then, due to the economy started to work again, half or full time, and the hav didn't take it well, as the dog was now left alone for hours at a time.

It's a tough choice, picking which breed is right for you and your family. choose wisely.
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My husband and I both work full time and it's no problem. But we don't have kids and can spend a lot of time with the pup before and after work. It's definitely still a lot of work. I took two weeks off when she came home then worked half days for a week. She has a walker who come every day at lunch and she spends her days otherwise happily napping in her pen. Even on days I telework, I go upstairs to the office and she happily naps in her pen like a normal work day until I come down for our walk. Our family and dog have adjusted great but I think our Hav is more independent than others. Or at least we've trained her to be more independent than other people on this forum have. Lots of people are never apart from their dogs so of course their dogs can't handle being alone. This forum made me feel like I couldn't get a Hav but it was completely wrong and life with my sweetie is wonderful! There are also plenty of people on the internet who think you can't work and raise human children...


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My husband and I both work full time and it's no problem. But we don't have kids and can spend a lot of time with the pup before and after work. It's definitely still a lot of work. I took two weeks off when she came home then worked half days for a week. She has a walker who come every day at lunch and she spends her days otherwise happily napping in her pen. Even on days I telework, I go upstairs to the office and she happily naps in her pen like a normal work day until I come down for our walk. Our family and dog have adjusted great but I think our Hav is more independent than others. Or at least we've trained her to be more independent than other people on this forum have. Lots of people are never apart from their dogs so of course their dogs can't handle being alone. This forum made me feel like I couldn't get a Hav but it was completely wrong and life with my sweetie is wonderful! There are also plenty of people on the internet who think you can't work and raise human children...
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You CAN do it just fine. You just have to think it all out ahead of time, and plan accordingly. (as you have proven) It also pays to get a pup from a breeder who will spend some time nurturing independence, and who KNOWS their puppies dispositions well, and will guide you to the right one. When you walk into a room full of puppies, they are ALL cute, and it's easy to be drawn in by the one who wants to sit in your lap all the time. This is probably NOT the right puppy for full time working "parents".

You also have to be sure you really WANT to spend most of your out of work time with the dog. It's not fair to leave them alone all day, then leave them alone again all evening, while you are ferrying kids around to various activities. The good news is they LOVE to go places with you. So even if it means taking the dog in the car, and waiting for children in the car with the dog (at places there the dog isn't allowed) even that can fulfill their need for companionship. Kodi LOVES even going to the bank with one of us!


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My husband and I also work full time and Ozzie is our only "child", the love of my life! I get up at 5:30 so I can take him for a walk and we have some play time before work, my husband comes home and spends the lunch hour with him so he gets play time then too. After work and weekends its all Ozzie time...we just don't go where he can't go anymore (just maybe to the store). We go hiking, camping and boating and my little guy is always with us, I wouldn't have it any other way

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My husband and I also work full time and Ozzie is our only "child", the love of my life! I get up at 5:30 so I can take him for a walk and we have some play time before work, my husband comes home and spends the lunch hour with him so he gets play time then too. After work and weekends its all Ozzie time...we just don't go where he can't go anymore (just maybe to the store). We go hiking, camping and boating and my little guy is always with us, I wouldn't have it any other way
LOL! You sound just like me. I gave up so much for my dogs, but I wouldn't change it for the world





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All very good advice. Another suggestion would be to get a slightly older puppy.
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