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1. Griffin is matting like crazy! I'm brushing him every day , but his ears are a mess and mats are popping up every where. I made an appt. with the Groomer for Monday--he's nine months and I read the "hair" thread. Should I have them clip him pretty short and grin and bear it while the new grown up hair comes in? I do like a fairly grown-out puppy cut, but I'm afraid we won't recognize him if it all comes off.

2. I really, really want to get Griff a playmate. Hubby thinks Griff is dog enough for us. He likes Griff but doesn't like the limitations having a dog puts on us--ie having to plan outings and such around a dog. My thinking is, we already have one we have to plan around what difference does two make? I wouldn't get a puppy, I'd get a rescue or retired breeding hav. Have any of you won over a spouse to indulge your multiple havanese obsession? Any suggestions? Griff literally sits in other dog's driveways while we walk just hoping one of his friends might be coming out to play.

3. Biting? Griff was soooooo nippy as a pup. He still mouths us more than we care for, but today we visited a neighbors new 12 week old pup--he didn't bite at all! Is Griffin always going to be nippy? Did any of you have nippy pups that out grew it? He definately knows he shouldn't bite--but he can't help himself if he's excited.

Thanks for any advice--Amanda
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Eww I know what you mean about the matting. Rufus just BAMed it up a notch! Now is matting right before my eyes! I don't wanna cut my boy down, but lots and lots of people do it and they look darn cute! Make sure you are doing more than brushing. Use a comb and get right down to the skin. You can brush and have him look all done but still have plenty of matts. You have to use the greyhound comb.

We also had a nippy puppy. I had pretty good luck teaching him to get a toy and we could be rough with the toy and not the hands! Now when I tell him to "get a toy" he runs to get one that we can tug with or play fetch with!

Hmmm now for convincing your hubby... I think I'll have to leave that to someone else. Mine needed no convincing!! I already have his blessing to get another Havanese.

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mugsy likes to bite more than i like to be bitten, so i say no everytime he does it. he also likes to mouth my fingers and i have to stop that also. he is getting better. i read that when he has your fingers/hand in his mouth that you should hit your hand as they don't like the feel of the vibration going into their mouth.

what kind of brush or you using. i found the kind with the round ends pretty useless for mats but the ones with the bent pins work much better.
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mugsy likes to bite more than i like to be bitten, so i say no everytime he does it. he also likes to mouth my fingers and i have to stop that also. he is getting better. i read that when he has your fingers/hand in his mouth that you should hit your hand as they don't like the feel of the vibration going into their mouth.

what kind of brush or you using. i found the kind with the round ends pretty useless for mats but the ones with the bent pins work much better.
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We have a round ended brush and you're right--it doesn't do anything for the mats.
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Eww I know what you mean about the matting. Rufus just BAMed it up a notch! Now is matting right before my eyes! I don't wanna cut my boy down, but lots and lots of people do it and they look darn cute! Make sure you are doing more than brushing. Use a comb and get right down to the skin. You can brush and have him look all done but still have plenty of matts. You have to use the greyhound comb.

We also had a nippy puppy. I had pretty good luck teaching him to get a toy and we could be rough with the toy and not the hands! Now when I tell him to "get a toy" he runs to get one that we can tug with or play fetch with!

Hmmm now for convincing your hubby... I think I'll have to leave that to someone else. Mine needed no convincing!! I already have his blessing to get another Havanese.
I still can't believe he needs convincing! Right now he's on the floor playing with Griff, but whenever I bring up getting another he balks. :<
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The grayhound (sp) comb works best to comb out the mats. I also use the flea comb to comb out very gently the tangle balls. Once all mats are out I brush with Mark Kolbe's pin brush. Benji's mats were toughest between 11-13 months. He is 15 months now and doesn't mat as much. A daily brushing is a must though!

As for the biting. My breeder taught me to pull gently on the cheek and say no. Also while pulling say "Ouch" loudly. Benji never was into biting. Lizzie does it occasionally.

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2. Have any of you won over a spouse to indulge your multiple havanese obsession? Any suggestions?

3. Biting? Did any of you have nippy pups that out grew it? He definately knows he shouldn't bite--but he can't help himself if he's excited.

Thanks for any advice--Amanda
Hi Amanda:

In response to #2, yes, I was able to convince my spouse to let me do a "trial run" with my second Hav, Scout. My breeder was in town for a local show and he was still available and let me have him come to my house while she was here. If it didn't work out, I could just return him to her before she went home. Of course, he was a doll and we didn't return him

For #3, my first Hav, Lincoln was a big nipper. He really liked to play rough. He totally calmed down around 15 mos. He does not bite or nip at all anymore - he has matured into a very sweet, mellow boy. My parents said they couldn't believe that he would EVER calm down because he was, well, really crazy and hyper as a puppy.

Good luck and keep us posted!

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Hi Amanda, it's nice to hear that the amazing Griffin is just a havanese afterall--LOL--

I will let others here give you advice on how to soften hubby-- as I recall there were quite a few with very, good elaborate schemes. I like out- it was my hubby's idea to get number 2--- I can give you ammunition though-- you are right -- you are already committed to one that doesn't change with two- although everything does cost twice as much (but you don't have to tel DH that)

The Matting and the biting I do have some suggestions-- Jasper would Matt if you blinked. of course a short puppy cut is the easiest-- and the good thing is, after the initial shock wears off, Griffin will look like a puppy again and in two weeks he will look even cuter. I never shaved Jasper but had them cut him down to 1/2 to an 1" and a little longer on the legs and face.

But if you want to try and avoid a drastic cut-- here is what worked for us--
1) a comb with rotating teeth- here is the one we use.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...earch&keepsr=1

2) a spray detangler- I really like Nova Pearls Conditioning mist- I use it after I bath them- and also spray it on before I brush them in between shampoos-- I have tried fancier ones like Eqyss and ice on ice- but this works the best for us -- but ever dog is different

http://www.petco.com/product/102858/...-and-Cats.aspx

For the nipping- in addition- to the NO bite that I am sure you are doing and giving Griffin a toy to chew instead-- try putting butter on your hands and when he nips say kiss-- and praise when he does-- it works really fast. Cash was nippy and that's what his breader suggested.

Good Luck!!! I believe you promised more pictures a while ago!!!!! I would love to see more of Griffin .




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The greyhound comb is a must. The brush, without rounded ends, doesn't get all the way to the skin like the comb does. I brush an area then comb it after I brush . It gets through the mats also better!

Good luck with the hubby!

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1. Matting-
Have you read this thread?

http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....t=blowing+coat

it has some good information in it....and also that is where Kathy, Vallee's Mom (dog from Westmister got AOM) tells about the Evolution Comb. I found this comb to really help us, it doesn't get out big mats....but if used daily it really helps prevent mats.

My advice if you do go to the groomers....IS TAKE A PICTURE OF WHAT YOU WANT! I was so surprise to pick up my dog when I just asked for trimmed feet. I got like a trim all the way up the leg, not what I wanted.
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