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New Puppy Questions

Hi again. I'm new to the forum, but I've introduced myself in one other thread. My puppy's name is Lola and she's almost 15 weeks old. She's my first puppy and first havanese [not my first doggie though].

I have a few random questions about little Lola...

1) She gets the hiccups a lot. Usually when she's been playing or running around. Is this normal?

2) Is once a week too often to bathe a puppy? Her feet, tummy and beard are white, so she gets FILTHY from being outside, wet grass, etc. I don't want to dry out or irritate her skin by bathing too frequently. I've been using an oatmeal shampoo because her skin seems a little dry/itchy.

3) Do a puppy's anal glands need to be expelled, if so how often? When I was brushing her today she got a little stressed and I smelled something really stinky. I think she was releasing some of that anal glad stuff....yuck! I'll ask my vet next week too when I bring her in for shots, but wanted to see what others said.

4) Lola still shies away when strangers try to pet her. When we first got her she was extremely shy & fearful. I've been taking her to lots of different places and having her meet lots of different people. I sometimes give strangers a small treat to give her and she takes it now [at first she wouldn't]. She enjoys being out with me now [at first she was scared of new places] and more often than not, walks up to sniff people [at first she would hide between my legs]....but she almost always backs away when people try to pet her or reach out to her. Is this something she will grow out of if I keep socializing her? I feel like I've made so much progress in the past four weeks, but now we're at a standstill. We had her first puppy class last week and she was not interested in playing with the other pups and was afraid of the other puppy owners. She loooooves playing with doggies we see on walks and has been great on puppy playdates with some of my friends small & big dogs. Maybe this week's class will be better... I really want her to be a social & happy doggie who enjoys attention from everyone, not just my husband & I.

Thanks for sharing your advice!
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Sounds like you are doing good things, and obviously she's making great progress! I think it is important to keep exposing her to tons and tons of strangers that "all love her". I'd bring lots of delicious treats and have everybody and his brother hand one to her as they pet her. Something like tiny bits of boiled chicken or turkey- that are incredibly delicious, yet easy on her baby tummy. Maker sure she meets a huge variety of people: kids getting out of school, adults, old people, young people, people in hats, people on bicycles, people with sunglasses etc. I'm sure she is a complete people magnet, so it won't be hard to find lots of people willing to hand her a treat.
It's funny- on a number of occasions, people stopped their cars to remark on Phoebe when she was that age- does it happen to you too? I don't think anybody can resist a Hav puppy!



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Hey! There is my baby!

My experiences: 1. Dexter hiccups, I do not worry about it.
2. Use a good quality shampoo, if Dexter was dirty, he got a bath,
if he wasn't we went another week.
3. I have never express the anal glands. I let his stools
take care of it.
4. Socialize.....socialize....socialize........... will make your puppy love
everyone! Dexter shys away from some people too because,
everyone tries to pet the top of his head before he can smell
their hand first.

Lola is soooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!
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Lola is adorable!!!

My experiences are similar to the PP:
1 - Duncan hiccups as well. After bath time, he loves to run like crazy around the house and then he hiccups.
2 - I use a puppy shampoo and on average he gets 1 bath a week, he gets really dirty as well.
3 - I have never done that either.
4 - I would keep socializing. I have never had this issue with Duncan - he's a bit too social - but I know it is good for them to experience a lot of different people and situations when they are young.
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Lola spent the weekend at my parents house. At first she met my parents and their mini poodle. She loved their doggie, but did not want my parents to pet her. Then another 8 adult family members and 4 children came over with another mini poodle and a doberman. Again, great with the doggies, but not with the people. She seemed to warm up to my dad a little after a day or so. If she was sleepy she would tolerate a little pet. But other than that she would not come to anyone except my husband and I or really let anyone pet her for more than a quick second. She wasn't nervous which is a plus, she just does not like to socialize with people, only dogs. She's very friendly & loving to my husband & me - she definitely favors me though .

I'm just so disappointed because I spent so much time researching breeders and feel like I ended up with a poorly socialized dog. One of the main reasons we got a havanese is because we wanted a doggie who would be outgoing and friendly to everyone. In our second puppy class today she was the only pup who was scared.

I'll keep trying to take her to new places and have her meet lots of people who offer her delicious treats.... but something tells me she might always be a shy girl.
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I am afraid it takes work and positive experiences. Dexter loves people, but does not know he is a dog yet, so I am trying (working) to get him socialize to dogs. Dexter clings to me during the day when I am home and he clings to dh when I am not home.

It takes patience and work to own a Hav.



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[ Lola spent the weekend at my parents house. At first she met my parents and their mini poodle. She loved their doggie, but did not want my parents to pet her.

I'm just so disappointed because I spent so much time researching breeders and feel like I ended up with a poorly socialized dog.

1. Hiccups are normal
2. Too many baths can be bad for the coat, I use baby wipes or a dry towel to get the face, legs and belly area after a play in the yard.
3. Leave the anal glands alone, unless the vet says they need attention.

Many of the Havanese on this Forum do not like other people at first, so I'm not sure it has to do with your breeder. Gentle socialization is best do not force the issues.

Remember they are velcro dogs and many stick to one person.

Enjoy your new puppy.

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Thanks for the advice everyone. Sometimes I think I expect too much, too soon. Lola seems to make so much progress in other areas, but with her shyness to people its a slow road. I'll keep up with the gentle socialization and try not to get discouraged. Its nice to know other havs are shy at first too.

Oh....and what does "DH" stand for? I see that a lot on the forum.
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It's important that she doesn't feel any sympathetic feelings from you even though they are there.

Most people want to reach down with a hand coming in over the top of the head. Get people not to do that for a while and only let the hand approach palm up and coming in below chin level. The first place I pet a dog that doesn't know me is under the chin.

Also get them to talk in a normal voice. Speak to them first so that on their first approach they are not just going after the pup. Imagine some 100 foot tall animal reaching down at you, teeth bared-even if from smiling, and making silly high pitched noises.

After it's taken as every day normal behavior they get used to it.
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"DH" usually means Dear Husband. (I've read other definitions, though, depending on the context! Ha!)

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