In in the process of talking to breeders to get my first hav and my wife and i are very excited. However, we need a little advice. I spoke to a prospective breeder last week that turned me down because she didnt like that my wife and I have full-time jobs and neither of us worked from home. On the questionaire we completed we mentioned that we were going to have a friend puppy sit for us during the day initially and eventually we'll leave him alone during the day. She didn't think was a good solution 1) she doesn't trust that anyone but us to watch the pup (that inclues puppy daycare) 2) she feels that the pup would bond with that person and not us (this is a real concern for me). Question for you guys, can anyone out there weigh in on how to handle this. Any success stories you can share? Short of going on sabbatical, is there any way two working puppy parents can care for a pup during the day?
Any advice you can give would be most helpful..
I don't think it's an IDEAL situation, especially for only one Havanese. OTOH, there are lots of people who make it work, just like there are lots of families where both parents work full time. In general, kids are resilient, and they manage to grow up into fine human beings anyway.
There are breeders who won't sell to a family when there isn't someone home most of the day. But there are other good breeders who will. A good breeder who WILL sell you a puppy under these circumstances should try to help you pick a well balanced, self-assured puppy who won't suffer from a lot of separation anxiety.
While I DO work from home, so Kodi is with me most of the time, I am quite sure that he could have adapted to life with a couple working outside the home. He has never shown the slightest bit of separation anxiety, and although he LOVES being with us, he is also able to be content when left alone for a few hours. I do think that if you are both going to be away from home all day, you will need to arrange for someone to come in at least once during the day to take him for a walk and play with him for a while, or look into a GOOD doggy daycare. (or some of both) My personal preference would be for an in-home doggy daycare with other small dogs. Some day cares can be awfully rough and tumble for the little guys.
As far as the puppy bonding more with the care giver? Based on Kodi, I wouldn't worry about that. He certainly loves Dave and me, but he also has a number of other people he ADORES... Havs have a lot of love to spread around!