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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-18-2010, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hello to all the members! I've fallen in love with these forums, with all the very useful, people-tested info, so thank you!!
I just recently got my first havanese, and oh boy do I love him to death!!! I'm gonna be a major sufferer of MHS!!!! I am attempting to litterbox train, and it's going semi well... But he keeps eating the newspaper pellet litter.... I have tried the "potty here" sprays, and distracting him from the litter when he goes for it but nothing seems to deter him, any suggestions?
We are also having some seperation anxiety issues, any advice for that? Thank you so much!!!
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-19-2010, 06:19 AM
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Sorry, I have no advice, but welcome to the forum. Now where are the pictures??

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Can't help you on the litter box issue either. As for the separation anxiety, how long is he alone? Puppies are so social. If it is a long time maybe you can find someone to check in on him every hour or so--or just take him with you.
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I'm not sure what you situation is but I found that when we had to leave the house for a couple of hours we would put Abby in her crate with a t-shirt with my scent on and that seemed to help. We had major issues with separation anxiety so let me know your specific problems and I will share some of the things we did.

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Welcome to the forum! Check out this thread and post an intro there so more people can get to know you. http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=5

I'm sure someone will post here and try to help with the litter issue. As to the sep. anxiety, check out this area of the forum (Puppy Area) as well as Training. Good luck with everything!




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With regard to the separation anxiety,have you tried leaving him in his safe place with something that smells of you,and only for a very short time,say 20 mins then returning,doing the same thing over again a few times,so basically little and often?Hope it all sorts it's self out soon,and you can enjoy your lovely baby.

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Thanks to all that replied!! And I will be posting pics very soon! I hadn't thought to leave an article of clothing that smells like me with him, bur will try that again. I have been working with him on the seperation anxiety by putting him in the crate, telling him " be a good boy" and leaving the room just for a few minutes, and I only return when he is quiet... I haven't been able to work up to twenty minutes because he works himself into such a frenzy when I leave that he can't calm down enough to be quiet so that I can reenter the room!!
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-21-2010, 08:40 PM
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Well in regards to the seperation anxiety and the MHS, if you get another hav pup he will not really be alone when you have to leave. LOL
Sounds like you are doing it right.

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My Javy is 4 1/2 months and I have had good luck crating him at night and putting him in the ex pen during the day when I can't watch him. The first night he started to cry when I put him in the crate to go to bed so I put my shoes just outside the crate door and the crate by the bed. I think he could smell my scent and went off to sleep. I thought it was just my imagination that the shoes worked but one night I forgot and he started to cry. I think the owner's scent has a powerful calming effect. He is also litter trained. Sometimes he'll nibble on the pellets but I don't think it hurts him and it doesn't happen often. My goal is to eventually only use the litter box as a backup but it really is convenient on rainy days or when I'm busy. Good luck!

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Might try turning the radio to some soothing music - we do that still for Panda if we're going to be gone more than a few minutes. We also keep her in her ex-pen instead of the crate - gives her some room to move around and she doesn't feel so confined....

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