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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-11-2011, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Essentials for a new puppy?

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone on this forum for leading us in the right direction. After years of talking about it with the DBF (instead of DH, haha!), months of trolling this forum and PMing back and forth with some of you, we've finally found our pup! Her name is Mochi and she's an adorable 9 week old black and white parti. I wish I had photos to post but hopefully we'll have some soon to share.

I couldn't find the answer to this so please forgive me if I've overlooked it, but what do you recommend as basic items we need to buy in preparation for Mochi's arrival? We are starting from scratch so we need everything from toys and leash to crate to grooming supplies - the whole nine!

So far, we are looking at the Midwest double door iCrate in the 24" size (with the movable wall). Is this too big? Too small? We plan on letting her roam in our one-bedroom apartment after we train her. We also plan on getting the Potty Park since she is already trained to it.

What else? There are so many types of brushes, I'm not sure what works best for a Hav? I also am trying *really* hard not to spoil her already - basics first!

Thanks in advance! @#)(*@&LSDKFJ SO EXCITED!!!

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Congratulations!!! And you KNOW pictures are REQUIRED!!!

You will probably want an ex-pen... I know a few people start without one, but I think most everyone caves and gets one eventually. I have 3, and have used them in all sorts of configurations. It will be a long time before Mochi is safe left loose in the apartment.

Then, of course, food, food bowls, water bowls or bottles, grooming tools and supplies, toy, toys and MORE toys...


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A camera and extra batteries!!!!

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I actually made an Amazon list for someone last year of Hav Puppy essentials:

http://www.amazon.com/Havanese-Puppy...hor_title_full
Some soft cuddly things are nice to have to welcome the puppy home, defnitely a crate so they can feel secure. Lily has one of the 24" long crates I think. She has plenty of room to turn around and stretch out.

I would say start with a simple collar, six foot leash, harness but skip the flexi retractable leash-I rarely use one as they are not good for leash training.

I also forgot to include a Sherpa bag on the list. Its a very high quality travel bag accepted on all the airline carriers. You can use it around town as well.I would go with a medium and they can grow into it.
They come in lots of colors, but black is versatile.



Also, the expen/crate setup is indispensible.

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Thanks LilyMyLove, this is exactly the type of list I was looking for!

And I just noticed a typo - I was too excited when I was posting originally! Mochi is a wee 9 weeks old, not 9 months! I'll have to go edit that now...
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I actually made an Amazon list for someone last year of Hav Puppy essentials:

http://www.amazon.com/Havanese-Puppy...hor_title_full
Some soft cuddly things are nice to have to welcome the puppy home, defnitely a crate so they can feel secure. Lily has one of the 24" long crates I think. She has plenty of room to turn around and stretch out.

I would say start with a simple collar, six foot leash, harness but skip the flexi retractable leash-I rarely use one as they are not good for leash training.
You can certainly get by with just one leash, and you are right, you CAN'T teach loose leash walking on a Flexi. (at least not without locking it to a set length, but then, what's the point!) But we DO use a Flexi as well as a regular leash. (and I have several of those in both 4' and 6' lengths) Kodi knows that going out on the Flexi means "potty time". I stand in one place, and he has room to move around me to find just "the right" spot. That doesn't mean he CAN'T potty on the other leash, but it's EXPECTED when he's on the Flexi.

Another good use for the Flexi is gettin RLH's out when you are in a setting where they just can't be off-leash. When we are competing, sometimes he's just got so much energy when we first arrive that he can't pay attention. I take him outside, find a quite area, and let him rip. It's like lunging a horse. When he's got that out of his system, he's ready to work.

Also, get at lest one extra, cheap leash as a spare. I'm sure Kodi isn't the only puppy who has chewed through leashes when someone isn't watching quite carefully enough! If you have a cheap extra sitting around, it doesn't become an emergency.


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I like the harness better than the collar it does not chock them on the leash. I do have both and a size XS will not last long. You need something safe for her to travel in the car. Sometimes they have reactions to their vaccinations and sometimes Benadryl is good to have on hand. You need to talk to your vet about that.
Lots of toilet paper and I like Woolite Pet carpet cleaner.

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Out of all the things I bought, these were my most useful/couldn't have done without items:

1. A pen. I think in hindsight I could actually have done without the crate, as the pen was adjustable and folded into a smaller 'crate like' size.

2. A 'fundle' carry bag. To enable him to a. go out and about/socialise before his vaccinations. b. To go everywhere with me (without me worrying that he might toilet or get up to mischief in inappropriate places). And also useful for popping into shops etc. I don't drive so I'm often on foot/on public transport etc - so this was and still is my absolute 'thank god they invented it' item.

3. A soft vest harness. We never did get on with collars - which he tended to choke on, and other kinds of harness. The soft harnesses seem so much more comfortable and I feel that you have greater control (if they fall off stairs or a hillside or something) they are still supported and you still have your dog as long as you are holding the end of the leash! They may not be great for long coats - but my havanese sports a puppy cut.
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Congrats! I love the name you chose! Mochi is so cute – and delicious!

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I wanted to share an update - the breeder surprised us with some photos today and they've made me oh so happy!

The bf and I have been debating all night whether or not she's smiling in any of the photos. What do you guys think? I think she thought this was a serious photoshoot, like those models that aren't allowed to smile.

Ahh she's so cute and fluffy I want to squeeze her right now!!
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