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Talking Meet Little Gilbert... plus a question about bathroom behavior.

Gilbert came home May 24! He is 10 weeks old and just so wonderful in every way. He LOVES my 3.5 and 1 year old daughters and plays with them so well. Our girls are used to our small Japanese Chin so they are very good with this new little guy. We also have a black lab and an old beagle... but Gilbert is MY dog. He replaces my precious Ophie (a yorkie-pom, who looked JUST like a teeny little black Havanese!) who passed away three years ago and I still dearly miss, but I think Gilbert will be the perfect new buddy i've waited three years to find. Our other dogs are all 5.5+ years old and none are too excited to have a puppy in the house, lol... in fact, Gilbert's nickname for the moment is Beagle Repellent because the beagle moves any time Gilbert gets near.

Gilbert is my first Havanese and I am totally in love. I was originally drawn to the Havanese breed simply because they looked exactly like a larger version of Ophie (we wanted something around 10-12 lbs since we have the youngins) but the more I read about the breed the more I knew it was really a perfect match beyond just the breeds charming good looks. Lol.

Gilbert has been so great! Potty training has been coming along alright, he's so short I've had a hard time knowing when he's pottying and praising him at the appropriate time so that is a bit frustrating and I think may be slowing us down a little. But my bigger concern is I have noticed one strange behavior... he tries to eat his mess after he's gone number two. Very gross. I know that is common in Shih Tzus, is it in Havanese? We have him on Blue Buffalo holistic dog food and I try to get him to eat some of his puppy vitamin so I don't think this behavior is because of a nutrional deficiency.

I lost this message once already when I tried posting with his pictire so I will post his picture separately this time.

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Welcome to you and Gilbert!

Kodi was never a poop eater, but i've talked to a lot of people with puppies of many breeds who are poop eaters. I'm not sure it's a breed specific thing.

I don't know for sure that it made a difference, but I was always afraid that Kodi would pick up the habit. So until. He was WELL over a year old, we ALWAYS took him out to potty on leash, and picked up his poop immediately, so he never had any opportunity to get at it.


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Welcome, he's darling. Coprophagia isn't breed specific, to the Havanese. But yeah it can be worrisome.

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I think I got it!

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Great picture,

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Awww...what a sweet face! Congrats on the new puppy.

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Thanks ya'll!

Hmm... so not typical of Havanese. :/ I have never let him eat it because I pick it up immediately, but the fact he wants to do so is bothersome. Hoepfully he'll outgrow it... i'll ask my vet next week when I take him.

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Thanks ya'll!

Hmm... so not typical of Havanese. :/ I have never let him eat it because I pick it up immediately, but the fact he wants to do so is bothersome. Hoepfully he'll outgrow it... i'll ask my vet next week when I take him.
Yeah there's various remedies for this but management I think is key. A lot of pups grow out of it sort of speak.

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There's a thread here somewhere about teaching the command 'leave it'. Dave, I think, has a video of the lady teaching her dog. Teaching that command has proven invaluable! You may want to dig up that thread, or maybe Dave can link that video here, it may be a great tool for times like that. Then, after your pup learns the command, anytime the pup starts reaching its nose toward it, you can give the command and treat for leaving it.

It's the one command that has a MILLION uses.

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Ooops, meant to say welcome and your little pup is cute! We would love LOTS more pics!

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