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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-08-2008, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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I am a future (July) new owner of a Havanese puppy. We would like to have a safe area of the yard for him to play in as well as do his business. I was wondering what is the minimum height of a fence we should install as well as the spacing of the pickets and distance off the ground? Are there any plants that we should be aware of that may be dangerous to him also? (We live in NY so the warm weather plants are not in our area). Thanks
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You have something special to look forward to in July! Our Bella was born in July which made her a fun age for Christmas.

We live in Texas and have a fenced back yard but we are always out with her even though she's 10 months old. We had two lovely oleanders in the back but just last month we dug them up and replaced them with something not toxic. I got tired of looking for leaves.

There are many plants that are toxic. I checked on line by each plant name to see what could harm her.

We have a 6 foot and an 8 foot privacy fence so she's not jumping over it and nothing is coming in after her.

Have fun getting ready for your special arrival!
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We have a 4 foot fence black chain link. We made it a straight line on top so its not all the way to the ground in some spots in the yard. We just grew the grass a bit thicker and longer in those places.

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We have 4 ft chain link and then the neighbors all put up 6 ft stockade. So we are pretty well closed in. I think if you are putting up a picket fence, it must go to the ground and the spacing of the pickets should be very, very close. You don't want them getting through the pickets or possibly getting their heads stuck.


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We have a 6 foot and an 8 foot privacy fence so she's not jumping over it and nothing is coming in after her.

Good point! We have a 6 foot chainlink fence with the privacy slats and a 6 foot wood fence up the side and back. I would've loved to go shorter but was warned that many Havs ar jumpers and climbers and the danger isn't only of them escaping, but you also want to protect from other dogs entering your yard and harming your little one.
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Congratulations on getting a baby!
A fence is a good idea but I would have to have quite a tall one. Stella is a real leaper and regularly jumps up on my washing machine to lay
Good luck!

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I have a six foot fence and have had always to protect all my dogs. I too am more worried about any other dogs who could get in than mine getting out. However, Milo used to manage to get under a spot in my fence where there was a depression in the ground. I have since had two layers of wood put under the fence there to alleviate the problem.

You're in for such a treat. July is not that far away. How old will your baby be when you get him/her? Is it a boy/girl? Good luck with your new hav.

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I agree w/Geri, about the pickets needing to be very close together and touching the ground. Here is a link to the U.S. Humane Society's website where they list common poisonous plants. Here is another link to "dog safe" plants.

We'll be eagerly awaiting to meet your little one in July. And BTW~

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many thanks

Thank you all for your prompt replies to my questions. I really feel like I have a new family of friends. Our puppy is a male dog. We have a son with Down Syndrome and want a companion for him as his 3 siblings have gone off to college. We will let him name the puppy when he arrives. I have a feeling it will be named Spot, as this is the only name my son mentions when we ask him about doggy names. Thanks again one and all.
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What a wonderful thing having a havanese puppy will be for your son. I'm so happy for you both.

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