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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 10:54 AM
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I was always wary of antlers. Afraid might break off teeth.
Good call. Henry’s canine dentist (don’t ask) said antlers are too hard for dogs’ teeth. Another thing I learned from both my vet and the dentist is don’t let dogs chew tennis balls or other toys using the same material. Playing catch is ok just no chewing. Doesn’t usually apply to Havanese but having had tennis ball loving goldens in the past, I was surprised, apparently that fuzzy coating is highly abrasive. My vet said she had a lab patient that had rubbed off most of the enamel from his teeth.

Henry loves the doggie toothpaste. I started with my finger and some toothpaste. Then used a cat toothbrush which is really small and a very soft baby toothbrush. We may not be great at toothbrushing but we try.

If people aren’t going to continue with recommended vaccines, most will titre to ensure that the immunity is in place.

Henry has only gotten bordatella once when it was required for a class. Since my class choices are limited i had him get the vaccine but it’s not one we’ll do otherwise.

Good luck with the biting etc. That’s a rocky couple months. The good news is it will stop soon. Henry used to climb up my pants leg, right up to my knee, those needle claws going right thru the fabric. Man did that hurt.
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Then why did vet say to switch to kibble? Do they not know better? Very hard to teach toothbrushing when teething and biting everything. Even bites comb and brush when I try to groom him.

I am not in to raw bones. Too hard to find. Everything available here are huge broth bones with no meat on them.
Try antlers instead of raw bones. You can buy small size split antlers on Amazon. They cost a fortune at Pet Co. Much better price on Amazon. They last a long time and my dogs love the bone marrow. You dog might be too young but he'll grow into the antlers. Our 70lb Golden-doodle and 14lb Havanese often lay together each chewing on an antler. So Cute! and Hysterical!

I, also, have large unspilt antlers, as well as, the small split antlers. Patti is 15-months old and loves both. I didn't try antlers until she was older, because I didn't think about it. Havanese are not hard bitters. They are not going to chew an antler into.

I recently bought dog bones on Amazon and the meat was cooked on them, because they were recommended for dental care. Patti has carried that big ol' bone around and buried it in two different places outside. She's interested carrying it around but hasn't expressed any interested in trying to chew on it. She chews on the antlers for a little while every day.

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My breeder told me to feed Patti during the teething stage dry Kibble because it's crunchy and helps loosen the teeth.

The biting stage is very hard and there are lots of past conversations you can research on this forum on tips to get threw this stage. I tried lots of different toys such as nylon bones. One of the best toys I had was a long 1.5 ft snake that squeaks. Any long squeaky toy works. It's long enough to play tug of war without getting hands bit. Patti entertained herself a lot with that long snake. Robe toys with stringy ends are something tiny puppies can get their mouth around, chew on and are good for playing tug of war. Those soft yellow squeaky tennis balls that are about the size of a golf ball was another favorite. It's soft and small enough they can get their mouth on it, squeak it and carry it around. Patti learned to play fetch. We still play fetch with those balls.

Our ex-pen was located in a busy kitchen-family room area. That room had two entry ways. The ex-pen closed off one entrance and we gated the other. Patti was able to wonder in and out of the ex-pen when we had "eyes on her." She was confined to the ex-pen when we couldn't watch her or left the area.

This helped in the biting stage. You want to teach your baby how to mouthed and not bite. It's a process. When your puppy bites too hard you can immediately place him in the ex-pen for a brief time-out. 10 second-a minute or longer if you need a break. Then let him out. Or, when the puppy is out of control you place him in the ex-pen for brief time outs. You can also say OUCH! to let him know it hurts.

At the biting stage Patti kept our hungry grandkids out of the kitchen when they were 12 and 14 years old. When they would come into to eat they sat with their legs up in the chair because Patti would nibble on their toes. We had lots of different toys. It's a good idea to always have one near by so you can stick one in their mouth. I think, those small split antlers would have helped if I'd known about them at that stage. Karen, our most experienced Havanese owner who owns three and shows dogs only has antlers as chew bones.

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Any experienced groomer can give Kojo a bath, trim his nails, feet and do a little trim. When Kojo matures he'll settle down and be more cuddly. From what I've read on this forum Havanese aren't lap dogs. Patti likes to be close. In the same room. She'll sometimes sit next to me for a short period. I think, she gets hot and wants down on the floor. She sleeps on the floor in our bedroom at night moving around to different locations. By morning she's on the bed but wants her own space.
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