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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-19-2012, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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A Ruff Ruff Day

I know having a new puppy is supposed to be challenging, but today was off the charts. Where to begin. After 2 days I realized that my planned system of crate training was not working. He did not cry so I didn't know when he had to go potty, plus he had no idea what the pee pads were for. I realized that I needed to totally change my approach. To keep this as brief as possible I will cut out a lot of details, but basically, I spoke with the breeder this morning, and decided I was going to put an x-pen in my bedroom and get a baby gate for the bathroom, for when I needed to leave him alone for a couple of hours sometimes. I stopped by Lowe's near my house and bought a baby gate I thought would work, and it turned out to be a piece of (&[email protected]!%) garbage, so that will go back to the store. I looked at x-pens online, but decided I needed to get something today, and tracked one down by phone in a local pet store. I put him in his carrier crate, and on the way to the pet store he pooped in the crate. He did whine and let me know something was up, but by the time I was able to pull over it was too late. I took him out, wiped off his paws with baby wipes, and continued on my way with him in my lap, which I know I'm not supposed to do. We got to the pet store, and somewhere along the way I had lost my wallet. I looked all over in the car, on the sidewalk, etc. I think I might have had it on top of the blanket with Benjamin as I walked into the pet store and a passerby swiped it, but in any case, I couldn't find it. I drove home with Benjamin, put him in the bathroom with the door closed, and looked all over the house for the wallet. I called my credit union to report my debit card missing, drove there and got some cash, and went back to the pet store and bought the x-pen. Then I came back home and set it up in my room, with a tarp on the floor. I put him in there with a bed, food, water, toys, and newspapers. Oh yeah, I got newspapers and put them on the floor in the bathroom while I was on my 2nd trip to the pet store, and he went potty on those several times. Then I put him in the x-pen and laid down on my bed with a tall glass of wine. (Almost wrote "whine" -- ha ha).

I know you guys don't know me, but my life is normally not this chaotic!!! Holy &#&%@ tamole!!!

Tomorrow I will go to the DMV to get a new drivers license, and this evening I will alert the credit card companies.

Well anyway, how was your day. I am sure things will go better now that Benjamin has a system we can both work with, and after a month or so I will start taking him outside. Actually I'm going to e-mail the breeder and see if I can take him out sooner. There are a lot of grassy areas around here with only occasional dogs going by, so maybe I am being too conservative about not going out. Does anyone have any thoughts on that? It doesn't matter so much, though, now that he is going potty on the papers. I know it's gotta get easier than this!!!

Thanks for listening... maybe I should go to therapy.com.

-- Eileen
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If it wasn't for crossbody styles I would lose my handbag on a daily basis...keeping my fingers crossed it will still show up for you!
I was so paranoid the first night I ended up sleeping on the hardwood floor next to the expen (as in ON the wood, no blankets or anything) because the other methods hadn't panned out. We had a bunch of different things we tried out over the first months (e.g. the plastic crate did not work out for him...he worked himself up into such a panic each time, and one of those episodes ended up in a bladder infection somehow). Long story made short...things may seem totally chaotic, but they settle down soon enough...the expen will certainly help. Until he figures out how to escape from it....
I am close to you in Snohomish...hope to meet you and your pup in person some time!
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I'm so so sorry you've had such a tough day. I live in Seattle (Q.A.) and would love our puppies to meet and I can share my experiences as a new Havanese owner with you. It's been quite a ride. Hang in there, it will get better.
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Thanks Alexa and MarinaGirl, nice to know you are nearby. It would be great to meet sometime. MarinaGirl, we are practially neighbors -- I am sending you a pm.
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Just think, one day you'll look back @ this day & laugh. And you'll tell this story so many times in the years to come. But right now it's not fun. Puppy kisses will make it all better!

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yikes! Yup, you definitely are in the "What have I done? I must be nuts!" phase. Unfortunately it lasts for a while but the puppy kisses are worth it.

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Thank you ever so much! I was seriously thinking about getting another dog! You've surely helped me come back down to reality in a big hurry!!
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Yikes! Hang in there, it will get better.

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Thank you ever so much! I was seriously thinking about getting another dog! You've surely helped me come back down to reality in a big hurry!!
Haha, you and me both!

Julie, Piper and Riley

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Thank you ever so much! I was seriously thinking about getting another dog! You've surely helped me come back down to reality in a big hurry!!
Ha ha, I know. I might get another Havanese after a couple of years, but I'm pretty sure it will be a mature dog!!! Not that this is the best time for me to decide anything. lol.
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awwwwwwww, wow, what a RUFF day indeed!!! I am so sorry about your wallet! I would have been in a PANIC!!
I hope your new system works and things will settle down a bit and you can ENJOY your new baby a little bit!!!

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