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need advice before the puppy

Hi, I'm going to get my Hav puppy in a few weeks and I've done a ton of research, but I still have some questions.
1. How often do you need to brush their teeth?
2. Is it worth it to groom them yourself or go to the groomers?
3. Are Havanese good for first time owners?
Thanks, Ruth
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Hi, I'm going to get my Hav puppy in a few weeks and I've done a ton of research, but I still have some questions.
1. How often do you need to brush their teeth?
2. Is it worth it to groom them yourself or go to the groomers?
3. Are Havanese good for first time owners?
Thanks, Ruth
(I'll post some pics of the puppy when we go and visit him.)
1. Brush their teeth as close to every day as you can. I'd say a MINIMUM of 3 times a week if you can't face it daily, but daily is much better.

2. If you are going to keep your pup in long coat, there is no need to use a professional groomer at all. (unless you need help with the nails) If you plan on a puppy cut, it's still up to you. Some people don't want to bother, or don't have enough confidence to try it themselves. Others LOVE clipping their own dogs. Don't worry, even if you make a mistake, hair grows back FAST on a Havanese!!!

3. Sounds kind of late to be asking the last question , but yes, Havanese are mild, sweet-tempered dogs in general. So as long as you are getting your pup from a reputable breeder, who will help match you with a pup of the right temperament, I think they are one of the BEST "first dogs". That said, PLEASE get involved with a regular training program, with a good, positive-based trainer from the very beginning if this is your first dog. No matter how much reading you do, a live, hands-on trainer will be invaluable in helping you establish good habits that will last a life time!


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Couldn't have said it better myself Karen
Ditto on all that and welcome Ruth4Havs
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I second everything Karen said! And remember there are no silly questions on the forum so ask anything you are unsure of. Above all enjoy your puppy!


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We are first time dog owners -3 weeks in, I couldn't ask for a sweeter puppy! We did go with a great breeder so I have to give her credit for getting the first 10 weeks off to the best start. We love our little girl ...have her in puppy school and learning basic commands already.


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They are very bright little dogs and they LOVE to please. Lily is a pleasure to train. We go to a local dog training club once a week. Not only does she learn obedience for the show ring but she also learns manners around the other dogs. Be sure to socialize your pup. Meeting and greeting other dogs around your home will be much easier if you have the pup out and about every day.
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3. PLEASE get involved with a regular training program, with a good, positive-based trainer from the very beginning if this is your first dog. No matter how much reading you do, a live, hands-on trainer will be invaluable in helping you establish good habits that will last a life time!
I can't say this enough. Reading and watching so many youtube videos and I still learned more in an hour with a trainer. A lot of the things she was saying was even the same but SEEING it in person was just a huge difference.
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I agree with the other comments. I never owned a dog before or had much experience with them so I found a hav was a great first dog for me.

For a first time dog and hav owner my tips are
1. Know your rules before bringing the puppy home and don't bend on these.

Ours were no sleeping in the bedroom, no walking in the kitchen and no jumping on people or furniture. Because we knew this is what we wanted from the start Doug doesn't do any of these things.

2. Be prepared for the fact it will be intense and stressful at times. Make sure you research toilet training, crate training, leash training, separation anxiety and positive reinforcement training.

3. Have all the equipment you need ready.. Dog food, crate, bed, treats, toys , harness, leash, ugo dog if you want an indoor toilet option, brush, bowls etc, puppy proof and know what routine you want I.e walks morning and night? Feeding times. These help with a potty routine.

5. Know what vet you will use

4. Take heaps of photos.




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I agree with the other comments. I never owned a dog before or had much experience with them so I found a hav was a great first dog for me.

For a first time dog and hav owner my tips are
1. Know your rules before bringing the puppy home and don't bend on these.

Ours were no sleeping in the bedroom, no walking in the kitchen and no jumping on people or furniture. Because we knew this is what we wanted from the start Doug doesn't do any of these things.

2. Be prepared for the fact it will be intense and stressful at times. Make sure you research toilet training, crate training, leash training, separation anxiety and positive reinforcement training.

3. Have all the equipment you need ready.. Dog food, crate, bed, treats, toys , harness, leash, ugo dog if you want an indoor toilet option, brush, bowls etc, puppy proof and know what routine you want I.e walks morning and night? Feeding times. These help with a potty routine.

5. Know what vet you will use

4. Take heaps of photos.




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This is a great post... especially this:

"1. Know your rules before bringing the puppy home and don't bend on these.

Ours were no sleeping in the bedroom, no walking in the kitchen and no jumping on people or furniture. Because we knew this is what we wanted from the start Doug doesn't do any of these things."


I think many too many people don't set criteria ahead of time, they only react, when they realize that the puppy is doing something they don't like. It is SO much easier to teach the behaviors you want than it is to extinguish established behaviors that you're not happy with.


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Thanks for all the advice guys! I really appreciate it. We're doing homeschooling, so we I don't we will have much of a problem with separation anxiety. Thanks again!
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