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post #1 of 73 (permalink) Old 08-17-2010, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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I get to be an official member Saturday!

The breeder is flying down with our little male Havanese puppy on Saturday! We're all very excited, but also a little nervous, because I have always had larger dogs, and this is my first small dog.

I think we have everything ready. The puppy has a safe place to live, food to eat, water to drink, toys and treats, and a harness and leash.

I'm not sure what to think about our backyard. Obviously a 9 week old puppy is too young to just go out in the yard alone. But what about when he is an adult? We have a fully fenced acre (wrought iron in front, chain link on the sides, and privacy in the back) in the Texas Hill Country. So, we have snakes, lizards, scorpions, hawks, etc. Do you think an adult dog would be safe in a yard like this? I don't worry about our German Shepherd out there, but a Havanese is so small. Am I being too paranoid?
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post #2 of 73 (permalink) Old 08-17-2010, 09:01 AM
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Welcome and congrats on your puppy!

I don't think you're being paranoid at all, my dogs don't ever go out alone. There are a couple of small dogs around us in our neighborhood and for over a week a huge hawk was in a tree across the street. I was nervous every time I took the dogs out and I stayed with them. You never know what a puppy is going to find to chew up or try to eat either. Last night my husband took the dogs out and one of them was standing over a dead bunny that had no head, we think a cat must have killed it and left it in our yard. YUK! I'd have had a heart attack if he came back to be let in with that or left it on the porch.

Please post photos of your new baby and include details!!!

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Congrats on your new puppy and welcome to the forum. You will love having this forum as a source for learning more about Havanese.

I live in the suburbs of Indianapolis and have a fenced back yard on a golf course with a pond on the course. (4' privacy fence) I have two Havanese (1 yr old and 2 yr old). They live in the house and hang out with us as Havanese are very social dogs, very bonded to their human family and they would are miserable if left outside. They just like going out to potty and want to come back in quickly - unless we're hanging out on the deck! They love to lounge out there if we're with them!

Hawks and owls can carry off a small Havanese (think "bunny rabbit"). Thank God we don't have to worry about snakes! But we DO have to worry about coyotes. Even here in a developed neighborhood....coyotes live in the wooded areas and we see them out on the golf course. They are NOT afraid of us and would take a Havanese in a heartbeat!

We never let Daisy and Beau out alone as puppies. Now that they are grown, I do let them out back during the daytime (when they want to go out) - but usually walk out on the deck and watch.

At night - we NEVER let them out alone. We have a flood light on the house the lights up the whole backyard and a some of the golf course. We still walk out with them.

My daughter has a Havanese, an Aussie, and an American Eskie. She does let her "pack" go out alone at night because the larger dogs would scare off a coyote. We don't have a larger dog - so we go out with them. Call me paranoid, but its necessary for my own peace of mind. I could never forgive myself if something happened to Daisy or Beau because I didn't watch them closely enough....

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I am with my dogs when they are let out too. When they get into something "unacceptable" like rolling into the dead worm, licking or sniffing bird droppings, from early on you have an opportunity to teach the command" Leave it".

Look forward to seeing pictures of your puppy. Good luck with the transition!

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Looking forward to seeing pictures of your new little one!!

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We have a fenced in yard, but I still go out with Rikky. He is 7 months old and just a few weeks ago a hawk flew down at him. I don't know what would have happened if I hadn't been just a few feet away when the hawk saw me. I doubt if he could have picked Rikky up because he is now 10lbs. but he could have done damage with the talons. Our vet warned me when Rikky was younger because he has had other pets brought in that were harmed by hawks in the area.
I also don't trust leaving Rikky alone because he has a tendency to dig holes and as stated in a previous post, find "unacceptable" things in the yard.
Can't wait to see pics of your new puppy.


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Congratulations on your new puppy. It is an exciting time. I would not leave any dog out alone with the possibilities you state. It's just too risky. Enjoy your puppy. They grow up so fast.

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I'm thinking he probably will not want to stay outside without you. These little cuties like to be with their family. Cicero follows us outside and we relax at the table while he does a RLH or plays with his ball. When we start inside...he is at our feet. I can't wait to see pictures of your new furkid. Welcome!!

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Congratulations on your new puppy. These are very exciting times. You aren't being paranoid at all and good of you to ask. I live in a condo townhome with a shared parkette so my boys have to always go out accompanied on leash. We don't have hawks and scorpions in the area but if we did I know I would not let them go out by themselves. All the best with you new addition!

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Congrats on your new pup! I can't wait to see him.

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