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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Help--What have I done

Ok, I just got off the phone with a breeder and arranged to pick up a puppy we saw a couple of weeks ago.
I don't know how this happened--when we started out a few months ago we were looking at adult rescue mutts. Along the way we fell in love with the Havanese and now we are about to get a puppy. LOL

I am so excited and of course a little terrified of the whole baby, house training, crate training........

Any words of wisdom, suggested supplies, pep talks appreciated.

I would say my biggest fear is separation anxiety. My husband has a home office and a job that will not allow him to care for the puppy if I am not here. I am usually never gone more than 2-3 hours at a time and that is not every day.

Thanks for any help.
Kim

PS I have 2 kids, almost five and 9
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 11:19 AM
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Oh you will be just fine!Sounds like there will be somewhere there most of the time!Don't worry.......
Got any pictures yet of your new puppy?

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Congrats! I kind of bullied my husband into the puppy thing. I was very nervous too as Brady was my first dog. I have always been a cat person. You will be surprised how quickly it all comes together once you get the little one home. We crate trained Brady and he has never had problems with seperation anxiety. He knows he goes in his crate when we go out and when he sees us getting ready, he goes in his crate and waits. He does get boiled chicken when he goes in the crate, so that helps. Just try to get the puppy on a schedule and used to you leaving for a few hours here or there within the first few weeks. I think this really helped us. There is a lot of great information on this forum. If you have questions, just ask. We are all happy to help. In return, we just ask for lots of puppy pictures


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Oh, lucky you! Tell us more about your new furbaby. Girl or boy? Color? When do you get him/her? Have you thought about names? See, Kim, you are not the only one with questions?

This forum is great and will provide you with all the info you need.
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Ok, I just got off the phone with a breeder and arranged to pick up a puppy we saw a couple of weeks ago.
I don't know how this happened--when we started out a few months ago we were looking at adult rescue mutts. Along the way we fell in love with the Havanese and now we are about to get a puppy. LOL

I am so excited and of course a little terrified of the whole baby, house training, crate training........

Any words of wisdom, suggested supplies, pep talks appreciated.

I would say my biggest fear is separation anxiety. My husband has a home office and a job that will not allow him to care for the puppy if I am not here. I am usually never gone more than 2-3 hours at a time and that is not every day.

Thanks for any help.
Kim

PS I have 2 kids, almost five and 9
Kim, Kim, Kim....... you have done exactly what I did a year ago this month! I said "NO" to a puppy, to a purebred, and to a male. I got all 3!! I researched and was adamant on getting an older rescue, mixed breed. Like you though..... once I happened on the Havanese I couldnt' get them out of my head and I spent a week not sleeping and pouring over all kinds of info and sites on the computer! I was a wreck! I just KNEW the Hav was the best breed for us after all and was lucky enough that there was a pup available at that time.

You will do fine. Sure, a pup is a lot of work. There is the potty training, the nipping, the rambunctious play, the crying when you aren't there, the testing the limits...... but there is also the cuddles, the instant bonding, the pride in teaching commands and tricks, the play and laughter, the wonderful companion for the whole family....and on and on....

The first few months can be a little rough if you are only outdoor training the pup, as we did, but if you are also using pads and have a pen or contained area in the busiest part of the house, your pup will learn quickly.

I strongly suggest you read up on positive behavior training, crate training (it's a must in my opinion!) and anything you can find on the Havanese as it will help you get through the first stage. This forum is chock full of info and you should be able to find threads galore on pretty much any subject when it comes to what new puppy owners need to know.

Good luck, Kim!

We are very excited for you and of course we'll need loads of info on your new baby. Oh yeah...... pics too!




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Kimoh. Wow, there has really been a population explosion on the forum, furry as well as two-legged. Can't wait to see pictures of your new furbaby. Don't worry...we are all here to help. Don't feel that any quwstion is silly, because we probably have all been thru it and can help you.

The joy of owning a Hav is well worth all the puppy stuff.


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Thanks for all the great replies.

I know I can do it, I really can't wait. But I have not had a puppy since I was 6 so it is going to be very new to me.

To answer your questions---she is a girl, she was 10 weeks yesterday, she is chocolate and white and I think her name is going to be Dilly. We will pick her up on Wednesday.

I don't have pictures yet, when we went to see her I forgot my camera. I tried to take pictures with my cell phone, but they did not turn out.

I will keep you posted.
Thanks again,
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Kim, you are so lucky!! Although it is a lot of work with a puppy, I think it is the best for bonding. I NEVER had a dog, talked hubby into one , and now I have three!!! They are the best breed & you will love it!!! There are tons of threads on this forum, all about puppies-just about everything you need to know, food, potty, beds , behavior, health - and of course none of us can stay off for a few hours so we are all here to answser questions whenever you have them!!
Cant wait to see Pictures.
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Congratulation, Happy "Puppy Stuff" shopping. Don't forget the camera.

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Welcome Kim! You are going to do just fine! We just got our puppy Baloo a week ago. I too get worried about the "what ifs" even though my puppy is fantastic.
I think it is very normal, or so I am told .

I read Dr. Ian Dunbar's book Before & After Getting Your Puppy and I just loved the positive training aspect. He encourages crate training to help with house training, chew training and helping dogs learn to be by themselves sometimes. you can find a copy of the first part of his book at this link
http://www.jamesandkenneth.com/new_puppy.html

Your children are going to be so in love. I have a daughter that is 6 and a son that is 8 1/2.

Best wishes to you and your family. Your new pup sounds like a dream

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