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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 09-29-2008, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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Help me decide!?!?!

There was an ad in the local paper this weekend for a free 5 year old havanese. So I called. The lady basically told me they don't have enough time for this dog. She is not poddy trained because she left this task to her teenage daughter, who doesn't have time to poddy train. She is also not spayed, so we'd have that expense. We are still in the process of poddy training Miley. She does pretty good, but I still don't trust her on the carpet. So I'd be training both dogs together. My question is, can a 5 yr old dog be trained? Or is she set in her ways and we'll struggle with her as long as she's alive?? I'd love to have a playmate for Miley while we're gone during the day. But I also don't want to regret taking on another dog. I'd love to hear your advice!

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I can't imagine having a 5 yr old dog that isn't trained! I do believe you can train her and maybe she will follow the lead of Miley, but it will take a long time! I don't think it will be easy, but every dog deserves a chance. Maybe you should go met the dog and see how she behaves since there is a lack of training. Good luck!
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Oh dear, Renee, that can be a tough decision, but one only you can make. First of all, it doesn't sound like this Hav was in the best of care. I mean, she's 5 and still has potty issues? Not to mention, she isn't even spayed?! Were they using her as puppy machine? You might want to ask if she ever had puppies, how often, and from what age.

In a way, you might be 'rescuing' this Havanese, but you should be prepared for issues that need your attention and commitment. I'm just guessing, I don't know ..... but I'd ask a few more questions before taking this female. The fact she is "free" is good, but only if a caring, conscientious person takes her. Some puppy mill or back yard breeder might want to snatch her so they can use her.

As to having two to train, if it's something you think you can manage, then go for it. Are you home a lot, do you have young kids that this 5 yr. old might not be comfortable around? Just thinking out loud......

Don't be shy to ask more questions and pls. let us know what comes of this, o.k.? I feel rather sad for the poor girl.

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Well my lab came in the house when she was eleven and was not trained...she did fine. We rescued our cocker and she was not potty trained either and she is fine. It does take time and we did have some accidents but it can be done. I would ask all kinds of questions and maybe talk to your vet and see what they say!!

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I would agree with what Marj said. Make a list of questions to ask and see if you can get permission to call their vet to ask about his care (that answer will tell you lots). Then ask if you can visit with your Hav to see how they get along. That way you can see where it lives and get an idea of the care (love) it has received. I do think you can train an older dog to do almost anything with a lot of love!!

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My opinion for what it's worth is how much time you have to dedicate to both dogs and how much patience you have. I'm er.....over 49 <ahem> and can still learn so why can't a dog continue to learn?
Don't get caught up in the free dog part of it and leave emotion out of your decision. It's one only you have the answer to. Good luck to you!

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For me, and only me, lol, if I met the dog and fell in love with it I would go for it. It does sound like it needs rescuing. I've never met an old dog that I couldn't teach a new trick to. It will take patience, time and love so it depends on your availability in these areas. The one thing you need to see is the attitude of the dog toward other dogs and children (if you have them). Good luck. Do what is right for you.

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What a dilemma! Good luck in your decision, it's a tough one but I think I personally would go for it. But then, I have nothing but time. I'm sure you'll do what's right for you and your family.

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I definitely believe you can potty train a 5yr old. Just as with a puppy, you need patience, consistency, love and .... lots of treats!

Chances are if your parents never had won't either...
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was this family the original owners? I wonder if they got the dog from a breeder.
I hope you go meet this dog. Let us know about her demeaner.
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