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.
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!