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Question New puppy owner here! Plenty of questions :)

Hello everyone! I am proudly the new owner of a chocolate havanese puppy. He is only 5 weeks old so the breeder still has him but I am so excited to get him! I will attach photos of him at the bottom from when he is 1 month old. First id like to state that I have done more research than I could ever imagine on the things I am about to ask, more research than I ever did in college even! haha. My first GIGANTIC question is crates... I know EVERYONE has a different opinion and system dealing with crates and their effectiveness. My family has had 2 different dogs, both different breeds, and they never used crates and were successful. I understand that a puppy needs its own "space" or "bedroom" I have a mudroom right next to my kitchen that is the size of a play pen area. I was wondering what everyones thoughts would be on me making that his own area? My wife and I are home a lot so its not like he would be confined to that area a lot. We would have his toys and bed in that area so it can be his own place. Plus I also have read and heard that it is good to have the puppies own space near the door in which you will go to for potty training. I apologize for this super long post! Last few questions are short like what type of food should I get for him as a puppy? What do you recommend as a reward treat for him when he does something good other than praise? Lastly I have a car seat for him instead of a crate. The car seat has a clip for his collar so he can't jump or fall out. My family has used them before and the pups love it. We won't be doing any airplane travel so getting a crate isn't too important. What are everyones views on the car seat? It is secured by the vehicles seat belt.
Thank you ahead for all your thoughts and opinions! They are greatly appreciated! And finally I present to you all... Tucker





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He is so cute! My friend had her puppy in her mud room from the get go. He will probably cry the first few nights. If you put a radio in their it might help him settle down. My friend also had a small travel create in the room and her puppy would go in to sleep its like a den to them. You could even decide to have him in the crate next to your bed and just put your fingers threw if he cries. I had to get up at least once in the night when they would wake up. a baby puppy and Havanese are IMO hard to house train. I found it nice to train them both outside and have a indoor area also.
As far as food goes start with what the breeder is feeding and then add what you decide slow. I feed blue buffalo puppy and had to add chicken and a bit of water with a small amount of broth. Acanna is one of the best dried dog foods. Some folks home cook some raw feed some buy canned food. The car seat sounds nice he might get car sick on the way home. I had a small laundry basket and my mom held it on her lap for the 3 hr drive.

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1. CONGRATS
2. We need lots of pictures as you get more.
3. Suzi is right about the food. Whatever the breeder feeds then switch slowly if you want.
4. As far as treats go, make sure they are ALL made in the USA, not in China. There are three brands out there that are known for making dogs sick. I see them all over, and they're on sale a lot, but RESIST! Milos Kitchen, Waggon Trail (or something like that), and I can't remember the other. For training, I have some grain free, corn free, junk free 1/2 calorie each treats that he loves. I also have some higher calorie treats that are the same brand as his food (Wellness). He loves bully sticks (as most Havs do). I also have gotten treats by all the high quality brands (one is Natural Balance (bison and sweet potato or something, one is a Natural Choice Apples and something or another). I tried to get a wide variety of flavors in his treats so that it keeps him guessing. I don't have trouble with soft poops because of the big variety either, but I tend to stick to one kind in a day. There are other great choices out there, I'm sure others will chime in with those ideas, I just figured 6 or 7 different ones that I bought was enough for now, LOL.
5. Trooper loves his crate. All dogs are different, though. But they are people dogs and will be most happy wherever you are. Even though you described the mud room area, I am bad about picturing it in my head. Is it kinda close to your bedroom so you can hear your new one?
6. Are you going to do any type of indoor potty system for an indoor option? That's something to hugely consider with his arrangements.
7. I saw you said "collar". They are so small as pups that many people here recommend harnesses, even as they get to be full grown.
8. A good number of people here have car seats. I plan on buying one, I just haven't gotten around to that yet. My Trooper loves looking out the car window, so it'll be great for him. Hopefully your pup will love the car too. For the first trip home, the carseat may not be the best choice. Trooper was totally freaked out the first trip in the car (the way home from Katie's) and for sure would have freaked out in a car seat. We've taken him in the car a lot and he'd love it now. He might need to be closer to someone to feel safe. The laundry basket sounds like a nice idea, I didn't think of that, wish I did. Trooper was ALL over us in the car on the way home with his freak out.
9. Pictures. Did I mention we LOVE pictures!?!? heheh

PS. Tucker is a CUTE name!!!!!
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Suzi and Angiern... Thank you very much for your kind words, help, and awesome opinions. I will definitely be posting new pictures as soon as i receive them! The breeder said she was going to send me a fresh set at the end of the week, so get ready! Thank you both for your knowledge. I am definitely taking notes and I will be staying away from those brands for sure! As for the mud room, it is very close to my bedroom so it will be easy to hear him. Ideally I will want him in the bedroom with me at the end. And Angiern you had suggested indoor potty options and training. Do you recommend training him to go outside and inside? If so what do you suggest for indoor training? And lastly I'm glad you brought up the collar and harness subject, that is one thing I forgot to ask but you already answered it for me! I just ordered the harness so thank you for that!
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Welcome and congratulations on your new baby!!!!

The only thing I have to add is a suggestion about getting a 'baby gate' to put across the mud room door, so that way he can be confined but not 'cut off' from the family!

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Suzi and Angiern... Thank you very much for your kind words, help, and awesome opinions. I will definitely be posting new pictures as soon as i receive them! The breeder said she was going to send me a fresh set at the end of the week, so get ready! Thank you both for your knowledge. I am definitely taking notes and I will be staying away from those brands for sure! As for the mud room, it is very close to my bedroom so it will be easy to hear him. Ideally I will want him in the bedroom with me at the end. And Angiern you had suggested indoor potty options and training. Do you recommend training him to go outside and inside? If so what do you suggest for indoor training? And lastly I'm glad you brought up the collar and harness subject, that is one thing I forgot to ask but you already answered it for me! I just ordered the harness so thank you for that!

Many people (not everyone, I don't think) do both outdoor and indoor. Usually the breeder starts the pups on an indoor option of some kind, you might want to find out what they use. The indoor option is nice because they have a "no-fail" way to go if you don't notice they need to go outside, aren't watching them real close (like in the mudroom), or if you're gone for a period of time. Again, it's all personal choice, but potty training can be a tough thing to conquer with any small breed, it's nice to think it through so they always have a "no fail" potty place.

Now as they get older, many will tend to WANT to go outside and use the indoor option less and less.
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Tillie... I am sorry I forgot to add that I have a baby gate for the mud room.
Angiern... I am sure I will put some pee pads down while he is in is own little area. I was just worried he would begin to mistake the carpet for a pee pad later on.
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awesome!
ya, I TRIED to keep Tillie with an indoor option in the begining, but she was peeing on the bathroom rugs all the time. Took those away and she would NOT pee on a pee pad or potty patch, so she trained to all outside and I SOOOOO wish I could have an indoor option for her. Not just for stormy weather, but for traveling!!!

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Tammy -

I'm glad to hear you say that. I know a lot of people have told me just use outside but I love having the indoor option and hate to give that up. Convenient when you go to people's houses or travel (which we do a lot).

TuckerRPN - congrate. I have a new puppy too so I'm sure i'll feel all your joy/pain when you get yours. I couldnt see the pics on my computer but I love love chocolates so I'm sure he's adorable! Congrats!
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Tucker's Mom(?) Dad(?)...we'd like to know your real name...some people put their first name in their signature, unless you'd like to be known as Tucker's ___. LOL. Anyways...Havs are paper eaters, including their pee pads. If you want to go the pee pad route, don't bother buying those trays that frame the paper and "hold" it, rather invest in Ugodog from the get go. It keeps their paper protected by a grate.

Trust me. Save your hair (and your frustration).
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