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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!