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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 06-29-2007, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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New Behaviors, Do your puppies do this???

Smarty at almost 5 months has started two new behaviors that I am just curious why.

#1. She has a large crate she has to use several times a day for a couple of hours. I keep plenty of chewies in there so she will have something to do. Recently she has started not coming out until she has picked just the right chewy to bring out. It does not matter if she has an emergency potty need, the right chewy has to be found. Once out with it is deposited somewhere in the house and forgotten.

#2. She now digs like crazy on the wall under my desk, on my desk sides, on her pillow or on the window glass!!!!!!!!!!!! The digging is attacked with the same energy as her RLH. I may try to put sand paper on my desk to help with the front nails.

Not sure what is going on, or if these are another of the Havanese stages that were not in the brochure (along with butt baths, etc). She is with me 20 out of 24 hours and gets plenty of time outside and playing.

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Sandi my 5 month old Monte also likes to dig to china as we call it. Riley also did this and still does now but not as fears and only when he is making his bed to go to sleep and he is 1.5 yrs. I too would love to know why they do this. I love the sand paper idea Monte hates having his nails clipped.

As far as the chewie maybe Smarty is afraid you are going to lock it in the crate and he wont be able to get it. LOL Riley tries to bring his toys to bed with him is very sneaky about it also.

Butt bath am I suppose to be doing these?? LOL

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If you do not know about butt baths be thankful. That is another thread.

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Havee is 5 months and recently is digging like crazy on the textured fabric of our couch.

Oh well, I guess I'll need a new couch soon....
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Sandi I know all too well about butt baths, it was not in my manual either..

New couch yes I really need a whole new living room set but knowing Monte was coming home decided to wait, lets just hope it holds out a few more month till Monte is done teething and digging. I have been trying to teach no playing together on the couch so when I do get a new set they will not play on it but it's been kind of hard, they are so dang cute together.

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OK 5 months is the start date for this behavior.

Leeann, her crate is never locked when she is out and I keep chewies all over the house (except for bully sticks) to keep her from chewing on the furniture. She is so cute when she is choosing which chewy gets to get out of the crate.

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Smarty is the first dog I have ever had on my furniture!!!!!!!! My DH thought it was cute for her to climb up his legs to his lap, like it was a new trick. The next day she took over my entire house. Not sure if I could keep her from playing with a buddy on anything now. I jusy told DH if she breaks it you get to buy a new one.

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That is so cute, it is truly amazing how these havs work their way into our hearts so fast that the can get away with murder. It took me a few years to convince DH that we needed a dog and now he is the one spoiling and letting them get away with everything. I also think he has a really bad case of MHS we have already discussed #3.

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As Smarty is my traveling buddy, I do not plan on adding another although I would love it when I am at home. I know she would love to have a real playmate, our old Jack Russell can only take small portions of Smarty and goes in her doggie room to get away from her. The barn cats do a Halloween act when she is around, so they are no fun.

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Brady does the digging thing too. He will find the "perfect" bully stick and must then find the "perfect" hiding place for it. He not only digs, but he then places it and uses his nose to cover it. He doesn't quite get it that there is no dirt to burry it with on the couch, under the desk, or wherever the perfect spot is. I always wondered if others did this. My husband likes to move it from wherever he hides it. He will throw it back on the floor after Brady hides it on the couch. Brady gets so upset and then takes it and rehides it in another spot.


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