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He's got it in for me... ;)

This is Tux's favorite place to sit/sleep. It scares the crap out of me, but he loves it. He's never fallen off, and he's never even come close to falling off. Should I allow him to continue or should that be an off-limits place?
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I wouldn't let him. Puppies have very fragile joints. Even a single fall from this height could do permanent damage to an immature growth plate. All it takes is once.

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I'd be worried about him falling and hurting himself while he's still a pup. It's funny how many havs love the back of the couch. I know it's Brody's favourite spot. Luckily he couldn't get up there on his own as a pup.

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Pixie does this too and it drives me nuts! I'm too paranoid to let her stay up there for long.

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I'd break the habit early. Havanese like to do this on high places. We changed design of sofa in our living room so they'd have a more safe place. That chair, or sofa, back looks like too much of a balancing act. After sleeping on our bed for 15 1/2 years, Twinkle fell off one night, and hurt her back.
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is that a couch or a recliner??
If it's a couch can you rearrange your furniture so the couch backs up a wall? just a thought.

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I moved my pups old kennel between the window & couch where he likes to perch. It's tall enough so it's almost the same height as the couch. He often sleeps on the couch back, but also lounges and watches the people out the window. It ended up being a good solution for us to the Havs love of high perches.
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Pups shouldn't jump off of anything they can't jump onto themselves - so this seems too high, I'd play it safe and not allow it - like the others say it just takes one fall. My baby girl hurt her back leg at 6 months simply from jumping up and down on her hind legs for a toy - it can happen so quick

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I would be scared too, that's pretty high up for a puppy. I think I have the only Havie that seems afraid of heights. Tim won't jump up on the couch, at least not here, but when he stayed with Bella, Scuds and Fred he got up! The other great thing is that when he's lifted up on the couch he won't even jump off, what a wimp! Oh and he won't go down stairs either, may he did for Linda though. I should just stop babying him, perhaps I'm enabling him.

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My poor baby

I decided to post here, because my Kobi (2 yrs. old) is an example of what could happen. For about a week now Kobi hasn't been acting himself. He was eating and drinking ok, pooping ok. He was somewhat lethargic, not playing as usual, and yelping every now and then for no reason that I could see. So today we went to the vet. He has a ruptured disc in his neck. It could be many things that have caused it. Rough playing with the puppy and twisting the wrong way, jumping off of a chair, or a bed and hitting his chin on the floor, or sudden tugs on the leash (that's not it, he is trained without a leash). Good news is after 10 days of medication, it will be healed and he can resume all activities. Bad news is, he is not allowed to go up or down stairs, even the few to get to the backyard. Dr. said he will feel better tomorrow but it is absolutely necessary to keep him still or he could get paralyzed. A long 10 days ahead of me keeping an active hav quiet...........wish me luck!
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