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Question The loving patience of raising a Hav?


Hello all
Zamala is a frisky 6 month old now. She is a happy Havanese and our lovely little girl. She is so funny and makes us laugh all the time. Plus keeps me very busy.
I have a few questions for the more knowledgeable than I:
1. Is there a good or better age to spay a Hav. I have had many dogs but things change- I am now 60 and have had dogs all my life and my son is a Vet but there is always 2 sides it seems.

2. I live just outside Washington, DC. Does anyone know a good groomer? I am not showing Zamala but would like her to look her cute self not butchered.

3. Zamala seems to be able at this time to be a master Houdini. She can just around 3 feet, gets out or in about everything, ( she is very smart ). We do no crate but use the gates that can make into crate like areas.

She really knows how to become alpha by her cuteness-not good for training since the treats are not given well.
Basically, she is a smart, great, loving dog. We just want to be good parents.
Thank you all for your help. Sorry this was such a long thread but Zamala does not like it when I am on computer and will come and stand on it. Another thing to work on:)
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-07-2010, 02:38 PM
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I'm no expert on any of these topics - so I'd suggest you click on the "search" tab within the Havanese Forum on any topics. I know there are multiple threads about what age to spay.... Zamala sounds like a normal, intelligent, curious Havie who wants to be included in everything you do!

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Welcome to the forum! It sounds like Zamala is a little busy bee and keeps you busy, too!

As far as the spay is concerned we were told to get it done before they have their first heat so I would think that you should start thinking about it pretty soon. We had Abby spayed when she was eight months because we had just gotten her then and the breeder strongly urged me to get it done right away.

Ask your son, though, maybe he'll give you a good price!!!

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I can only help with the spay answer, and definitely before her first heat. Some girls go into heat sooner than others, so the closest to 6 months you can do it, the better! AKA, do it soon My Stella just turned 6 mos this week and she will probably go for her spay next week.

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I echo what everyone else has said. Our vet wanted to make sure Panda was spayed before her 1st heat - so at 6 months she was spayed and her 2 puppy canines were pulled as they didn't fall out when her adult canines came in.

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She sounds like a very smart little girl! Maybe some training classes to focus her and keep her busy and then she'll be tired and less likely to get into things she shouldn't. We took only one of our dogs to training and really wish we had done it with all 3 of them.

She has such a cute little face!

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Welcome to the forum! I would use the search as you can find a lot of answers as well on both sides of the fence on spaying. It sounds like you have a happy healthy puppy I will say with all the things I train I do regret not training my dogs to love crates. I keep saying next time.... lol!

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Hello all
Zamala is a frisky 6 month old now. She is a happy Havanese and our lovely little girl. She is so funny and makes us laugh all the time. Plus keeps me very busy.
I have a few questions for the more knowledgeable than I:
1. Is there a good or better age to spay a Hav. I have had many dogs but things change- I am now 60 and have had dogs all my life and my son is a Vet but there is always 2 sides it seems.

2. I live just outside Washington, DC. Does anyone know a good groomer? I am not showing Zamala but would like her to look her cute self not butchered.

3. Zamala seems to be able at this time to be a master Houdini. She can just around 3 feet, gets out or in about everything, ( she is very smart ). We do no crate but use the gates that can make into crate like areas.

She really knows how to become alpha by her cuteness-not good for training since the treats are not given well.
Basically, she is a smart, great, loving dog. We just want to be good parents.
Thank you all for your help. Sorry this was such a long thread but Zamala does not like it when I am on computer and will come and stand on it. Another thing to work on:)


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Welcome to the forum! Have you shown Zamala the pictures and videos on your computer? My Benji loves to watch stuff on my laptop, in the news papers and of course on TV. If you show Zamala the fun stuff, she will sit by you watching every keystroke! I am always amused by Benji's interest in watching everything that I watch!!

The Havs have such colorful personalities and obviously Zamala is no exception. Enjoy the antics!

Best, Poornima
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All good information above. I would just add one thing. You need to train her young. I wish that I had been firmer with Rosie. It has been a struggle to teach her manners now. She was spoiled way to much but was such a little doll, I let her do things that I would never have let another puppy. Now at 16 months, she still won't sit or stay.
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I would say to spay soon, butterscotch is going to be spayed in 2 weeks when she is 7 months. as far as training goes we started training butters when she was 12 weeks and she know nows how to sit, stay, shake, turn around, and down. i think the sooner the better. good luck and she sounds darling
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