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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-12-2008, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Hi!

I just got an email from a breeder I would like to get a hav from that she has a 1 year old black and silver female available. She's crate trained and "housebroken, but will need time to readjust." This could be perfect for us since we originally wanted to wait until the end of the summer so we didn't spend our entire summer in the house training a dog.

I just sent her an email asking her all sorts of questions like why is she available at 1 yr, how much readjusting will she need, is she good with children, etc. (She's in Greenwich CT--if anyone knows a breeder there, please PM me your info! Thx!)

My question is--what else should I be asking. Does anyone not think it's a good idea? I almost feel like it's too good to be true! I would love a little 9 week old, but with 3 kids and a home-based business, if I could have one that's already trained--YAY!

Also--who here has a black/silver hav? I would love to see what they look like. She's sending me pics, but until then. . .

Thank you all so much!

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Susan,

Is the breeder in Connecticut or the dog, or both? There are many people here who have gotten older havs and have done really well with them. To be honest with you, I would have loved to get an older, already trained one, since that's been my greatest issue with Milo.

I would not hesitate myself, but I'd suggest you go with your gut feeling.

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I wouldn't hesitate to get a 1 year old either. In terms of colors - you might want to check out this website....

http://www.mts.net/~mckay55/colours.html

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Jill--

Thank you so much! What a great website! It's truly amazing how their coats change--it's almost like a surprise!
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Susan- sounds like it might be a good match. I don't know where you live but could you and your family meet the dog in person first?

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Here is an outline of what we do when we transition one of our retired dogs into a new home.

We visit the home with the dog first. The potential new guardians can take the dog out for a walk and spend time with us and the dog. We carry the dog back home.

The next visit, we leave the dog for an hour or two and come back to get it and take it home.

The new owners come to our house and spend time. They take the dog home for a trial. By then the dog is comfortable with them and must be willing to leave with them. We don't take the dog and leave it and not come back.

All along Pam and I do a lot of talking about the dog with the new people.

I know that it's different some with a yearling but thought that this might be useful information.

So far the few we have done like this have all been well adjusted and very happy. They come back for visits (the one that lives with Pam's parents comes daily) and grooming and are always ready to leave with their new owners.
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I got my Billy when he was 16 months-- aside from a minor adjustment period, it has been amazing having a dog who is housetrained and has no behavioral issues at all-- my DH is spoiled as he has never had a dog and therefore thinks all dogs are as well trained as he is-- we consider ourselves extremely lucky-- Billy was actually from Connecticut also!
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I'm waiting for pictures!!!! She sounds cute!

I also wouldn't hestitate to take an older dog. I got Quincy at 16 weeks and I don't regret it at all(the norm I think is 10-12 weeks for a puppy)

Don't be afraid to ask the breeder lots of questions. I would think there could many different reasons she is a yr. old and now needs placement in a home. Perhaps she was going to be a show dog and no longer fits the standard,by something simple like her tail set,heigth,etc.It could be lots of things.....

There would be some adjustment to a new home as well. Often times there are potty accidents right at first,till they familiarize themselves with your home/routine.

I wish you the best of luck,and hope it works out for you!

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Julie--I'm waiting for pictures too! I'm trying to picture her in my mind, but I just can't!! I sent her a list of questions and am waiting for her response. I know I should ask tons of questions, but I start to feel like I'm bothering her. I have to get over that!

Tom--thank you for that info. Very useful and I'm sure we'll be dealing with some of that!
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i got mugsy at 10 months old but he wasn't house trained...and it's been a struggle.
he is now 17 months and mostly house trained.

but other than house training he has been a joy...

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