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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 10-17-2013, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm so excited to be picking up our Havanese on Oct. 25th. Her name is Ella, and she turns one year old on Oct. 23rd (I believe).

I'm hoping to glean some information & wisdom from this group, to make Ella's transition as smooth and comfortable as possible. All of Ella's things are coming with her, so that should help - crate, bed, toys, dishes, pen, etc.

I have a 2 year old daughter, who is very gentle with animals...but she's also two, so will be supervising interactions closely. What can I do, to help both of them have the best chance of hitting it off well?

I'm also wondering about grooming. Today, Ella's "mom" took her to the groomers. I know her hair is cut short, which is super cute, but how hard is it to grow it long? How often should I take her to the groomer? I'm thinking the longer hair might be warmer? It gets extremely cold where I live, so I'm a bit concerned about her short hair cut...then again, maybe shorter is better, when you throw a sticky toddler into the mix?

I am just over the moon about Ella's arrival...not sure what else to ask, or what info I'll need. Please, feel free to let me know whatever you think a newbie like me ought to know about being a Havanese pet-parent.
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Congrats on Ella!

I'll just chime in quickly on the kid thing. I have three (kids) and a 4 month old Havanese. The one thing I have done that both Ludo (the pup) and the kids know is they are not allowed to bother Ludo in his xpen. Ludo will play and play with them but he knows when he goes in his xpen (which is right in the family room) that they can't bother him. So he has a "safe" zone and as young as he is he knows how to use it.

I had my youngest sleep with a blanket I was going to use in Ludo's crate, too, and I think this helps with the bonding.

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Welcome to you and to Ella.

My puppy (Colbie) is 12 weeks old tomorrow so I can't offer much advice on the grooming but a long coat in a havanese requires a lot of upkeep. Ella is at the age to when her coat is changing to her adult coat so it can mat very easily. In any event you are going to need some good grooming supplies such as a good comb and brush and probably a comb with the tines closer together for her face and maybe another one for the ummm other end.

I think you are wise to keep a very close eye on your 2 year old when she is around Ella. Havanese are very friendly and you want to keep the interactions positive so they bond well.

Congrats and once again welcome to the forum.

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Welcome and how exciting a Havanese in your near future. You never know what your getting when you bring a dog that's been raised somewhere and than re homed. I hope who ever is giving her up did a good job placing her in a family with a two year old. That being said I've seen some of the cutest videos of toddlers and their fur Havanese play friend.If your new Havanese is used to kids it will be easier than a puppy because of the teething and biting. I'll let others chime in to give you advice on the best way to introduce them. I tend to be very lackey daisy and would even let the Havanese give kisses. And sleep in my bed. And never let them cry. One thing my Zoey does sometimes is paw my face. She is so fast I cant stop it. So that's something to watch out for.

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Here are some tips for getting your Havanese used to grooming and a list of products that I think are useful.

Basic Havanese Puppy Grooming: http://www.havanesefanciers.com/basic_puppy_grooming

Grooming Supplies:
  • The Coat Handler shampoo, conditioner, & detangler spray Great recommendation from Tom King
  • Chris Christensen 7 1/2" Long Tooth Fine/Coarse Buttercomb #005
  • Chris Christensen Face/Feet Buttercomb #006
  • Chris Christensen Mark II Small Slicker Brush #A5II I use this first and then move on to the Buttercombs
  • Chris Christensen 20mm Small Wood Pin Brush #A041 I don't use this brush that much - mainly for finishing
  • Chris Christensen Kool Pup Dryer
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Welcome and congrats.
Make sure Ella has access to her crate at all times. (meaning a clear path to it, she knows where it is and the door is open).
She may want to go in there just for quiet or a nap at her own discretion.
Have fun, look forward to hearing about her arrival.
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Thank you for all the responses - very helpful!
I will let you know how our first day goes...five more sleeps! ♥
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Ella has arrived! ♥

So, Ella has been with us for 13 days already! She is beautiful, fun, and so smart.

My daughter adores her, and Ella is so gentle with my girl. I think Ella is the perfect match for my family. ♥
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So, Ella has been with us for 13 days already! She is beautiful, fun, and so smart.

My daughter adores her, and Ella is so gentle with my girl. I think Ella is the perfect match for my family. ♥
Welcome PrairieJ and congratulations on your new baby, Ella. She looks very cute in her abaya picture, but we all want more than that. Best of luck and I know you'll have lots of fun and questions, as well as some trying moments, but it's all worth it. I am a veteran Hav owner with a 16+ year old.


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Thank you for the welcome!

May I ask, how can I add more pics?

I also have a winter question, as I'm in Canada, and my city already has snow and below freezing temperatures. Do others mainly exercise their Havs indoors in cold weather? My family loves the outdoors, and want Ella to be able to join in our fun and activity, but she gets cold so fast - we can't even walk to the corner of our block without her shivering hard and trying to stand on two legs. She has a coat and booties already. Suggestions?
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