Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: Glen Allen, VA
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Hi Kash -
We are absolutely newbies and I would not begin to offer "advice", but I can tell you what we have experienced since Charley came home with us on Monday. Perhaps it will give you an idea of what may happen soon in your home too?
Charley is 11 weeks old tomorrow and is the happiest, sweetest baby. We love him to the moon and back, but he is a puppy and that comes with certain challenges that can be hard especially for children to understand. He's starting to get really mouthy and nippy and we are diligently working on it. He's not "mean", quite the contrary, - he's just an 11 wk old puppy. We're also working very diligently with our 9 yr old granddaughter, teaching HER how to play with him to avoid the mouthing directed at her. She has very active adult dogs at her home and loves to play with them. It is difficult, time consuming, and sometimes her feelings get hurt by either Charley's little sharp teeth, or by us correcting her interactions with him.
Also, he is gaining more and more confidence each day, which is a wonderful thing and we're happy to see it blossoming. But that, too, comes with challenges. He's getting into things I did not anticipate and needs my complete, undivided attention when he is out of his expen. That's not a problem, but my attention must be focused on him at all times. Your sweet children are simply not yet old enough to help take part in that role, especially if they are frightened of Milo. Charley's favorite game is a "chase the ball game". He's fast and literally all over the place! A true Havanese! The other day he unexpectedly FLEW off of the couch about 5 feet because he wanted down and we weren't acting fast enough. Yikes!
Then there's the potty training.......
I'm also wondering if this is just not the right time for a puppy in your family's life? We've found that a new puppy is very much like a new baby that grows into toddlerhood at a lightning pace. Yes, it is rewarding and fun, but it is also exhausting if your whole family is not engaged.
I wish all good things for you and your family. I trust that you will make the right decision for your family and for Milo's well-being.