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First couple of weeks with Bailey...

It's been a couple of weeks since we welcomed Bailey into our home and he has been a joy. He is turning three months this weekend. House training is going good, albeit a few accidents when I get too engrossed in work and forget that its potty time. I am still getting to know him and his mannerisms but all in all he has been a very positive addition to our household.

I do have a couple of questions with his behavior and I wonder if you guys can shed more insight on what they all mean. I'd like to think that I will eventually get what they all mean but a little insight from experienced owners will absolutely help so here they are.

1. Bailey has been eating very erratically these past few days. He used to devour his food every time I lay it in his ex-pen but recently, he has been ignoring his food taking small token bites but always leaving a lot of food in his dish. I am feeding him Orijen puppy food and started mixing in the Wellness 95% Chicken canned stuff this past weekend. His first feeding with the canned stuff mixed in he devoured it but after that he would barely touch the stuff. I tried switching back to dry and he still does not eat as heartily as before. He is still on a 3 times a day feeding schedule and I pick up the dog food if he doesn't touch it for 15 mins. I've also tried limiting his treats so he will get hungry for the next feeding session. None of these things have worked and he seems to be eating less and less. The thing is I believe that he is hungry since he keeps on sniffing around looking for some thing to chow on and will eat the kibble (both dry and the ones with the wet morsels on them) that is on the floor. I'm thinking if there is some odor in the dish that turns him off the food (I am using a stainless steel bowl for both water and food dishes. Another theory is that since he is teething its hard for him to chew on the kibble (but he doesn't seem to have problems chewing on treats and other stuff). Could it be he is having taste fatigue with the dog food? Maybe I should change his dish? Another note is that the person who we got Bailey from has the food dishes out all day to allow the dogs to graze as they please. I'm just wondering if this is the reason, why did Bailey eat well the first week and half with us? Any thoughts?

2. Bailey is a very playful pup especially after his naps throughout the day. But he has this "mode" he gets in where he crouches down low to the floor and starts barking, growling and jumping from side to side. If you go near him he snaps at your feet and starts the whole routine of jumping, growling and barking again. I don't know if this is normal for havanese pups but my wife is worried that it might be something to be concerned about. I'm thinking that its just his way of getting his excitement out after a nap. Letting him chase me around the house seems to work in calming him down. Is it also normal for puppies to bite at your feet and hands when they are excited?

3. Bailey is usually a good boy when he is taken out to "go potty" he usually go straight to his pee spot and does his business. When its time for "number two" he still needs a little help from me to find his spot but once he locks in, he does his business right away. Our cue when its time to take him out is that he starts sniffing intently around the living room and stops in front of the sliding door. Like most of the time it takes him a couple of mins to go (longer when its "poo" time). But there are times where he continues to sniff intently (same way he is looking for his "poo" spot) and stops abruptly and starts digging like there is no tomorrow. When I try to stop him, he goes into the "mode" I talk about in point number 2. We live in AZ and our backyard is still pretty much sand so he isn't destroying any landscaping. Also, its an enclosed backyard so I know that no other animal has been using it to "go potty". I just stop him so he keeps from dirtying himself and from keeping it from being a habit. Is this normal for havanese pups? I guess the real question is that what is he "looking" for?

Sorry for the long winded post but I wanted to get enough details in so you guys can understand the situation better.


Thanks guys for all the help and insights.
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Well, I can answer your #2 question. That is his way of telling you he is wanting to play! To discourage the nipping (all puppies do this) you can yip to let him know it hurts and also turn your back to him and ignore until he calms down. This seems to sort itself out once they get a little older!

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That is a playing stance and I agree with Kathie. The nipping is very common with puppies, but they have to be discouraged from doing it. As far as the eating goes, it does sound as if he may be teething and in some pain.

It sounds as if you're all doing well with each other. It is a process, in which you learn all about each other and how things work. Try not to stress about it, and above all, enjoy this puppy stage. It passes way too quickly.

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@Kathie and pjewel: I suspected that's what all the jumping around and barking meant. Like I said, about three full speed laps around the living room usually takes care of that. Anyways, thanks for your tips! And the pics are coming! Promise.
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Follow-up question: Is it normal for puppies to sleep almost all day? It seems he's always napping. Also, should I wake him up to take him to go potty? Or do I just wait till he gets up and shakes off the cobwebs?
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They do sleep a lot as pups. I wouldn't wake him up to take him out but when he wakes don't give him time to do anything but be carried out the door or you will have a puddle for sure!

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They sleep a lot so don't worry about it.

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Hi and welcome,

Lizzie was and is the same way with her food. I use Orijen kibble and Instinct canned. I do put a treat in her food though. Either a little chicken, hamburger (but now think she cannot tolerate that) or scrambled egg. She was an AWFUL eater when she was younger. She still never "devours" her food.

Yes that is the play with me dance. Too cute. The nipping at the ankles was an issue for us so we did the loud yelp and would ignore her for only a minute. They just get so excited.

We have grass so Lizzie just poops and does not dig. But we were at the lake last summer and you would have thought she was trying to get to China. She absolutely loved digging in the sand. Thank goodness there isn't any here or she would be dirty all the time. Good luck with that one!!!

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