Join Date: Mar 2012
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First time Hav! Time off/Male or Female??
Yesterday was my first trip to a breeder in search of my first Hav. Of course I fell in love with all of them but am trying to really do my research for the right fit, not sure about male or female. I also want to be able to take off a chunk of time from work when I first get the dog. My goal is to adopt hopefully by the end of the summer.
Question #1 is: Do you think it's wise to take off about a week from work when first bringing a puppy into a home?...or does it confuse the dog into thinking that you will be there all the time and then when the 10 days are over and I go back to work, will the dog suffer more separation issues? I live alone but will be coming home for lunch for dog walks.
Question #2 is: Male or female? This particular breeder suggested a male Hav siting that males are easier to train and much more laid back as adults then are females. She said that females can be more anxious and nosy. She had a few of both so I don't feel that she was trying to sway me either way just to sell me a dog. My concern with getting a male is marking in the house - my last dog, (who passed away in November, a min/pin mix, adopted as an adult) had a huge issue with marking in the house. Now I am pretty much phobic about this issue to the point that I just had my wood floors re-sanded and sealed because of the damage by my last dog. Since my last dog I have been researching training methods and crating which I did not use with my last dog. I have never owned a dog as a puppy and am excited and committed to consistent training with a male or female. Also, I own a female cat who got along great with my last dog, not sure if that makes a difference or not.
Any advice/help is appreciated!!