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Second Havanese Puppy :)

We are extremely excited to add another Hav baby to our home! He is Benny's 1/2 brother and we pick him up in August! Benny will be 5 mos when we get our new guy.

I am looking for suggestions on how to make a successful transition and would love to hear your stories. Benny is crate trained and LOVES his crate. He sleeps in it every night (in our room) and uses it during the day (attached to ex pen). Should the new pup have his own crate or would they want to sleep together? They will be our only pets.

I really appreciate all your advice

I posted this on the FB forum too.

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Chester was our only pet ever and yowled - I mean yowled on the first two nights home. Then since we couldn't hear him cuz he didn't howl so loud or so long. If Benny will be very inviting to the new puppy, he might let puppy sleep with him. Otherwise, if you don't want to buy another crate cuz the puppy is teeny weeny small in the crate you could fix up a cardboard box with a comfy towel, hot water bottle, and a chew toy. That also works. You could also put the box near Benny's crate. Although, Benny also might not like puppy's yowling and start howling too, unless puppy likes having Benny's company and won't howl cuz of Benny's presence. But you can have them together in the ex-pen together.


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You may want to make an effort to have them sleep separately and spend time with you separately so that the younger puppy doesn't bond more closely to Benny than to you. You will need to housetrain the new puppy and will need to provide training for house and other manners to both puppies so that when grown each puppy will be a well-behaved adult dog. You wouldn't want them so bonded to each other that they would prefer interaction with each other to the exclusion of interacting with the human members of your family. When you have a multi-dog household, you have to be intentional about spending time with each of the dogs individually without the other dogs present. Our household has typically included 3 or 4 dogs though usually seperated by at least a year and a half in order that each dog gets the training it needs to behave as we expect it to. Dogs learn from each other - both "good" and "bad" behaviors. Benny, at 5 months, will still have a lot of maturing to do.


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My two sleep in separate crates every night. They absolutely hated each other at first, but they worked it out on their own and love one another now.

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You may want to make an effort to have them sleep separately and spend time with you separately so that the younger puppy doesn't bond more closely to Benny than to you. You will need to housetrain the new puppy and will need to provide training for house and other manners to both puppies so that when grown each puppy will be a well-behaved adult dog. You wouldn't want them so bonded to each other that they would prefer interaction with each other to the exclusion of interacting with the human members of your family. When you have a multi-dog household, you have to be intentional about spending time with each of the dogs individually without the other dogs present. Our household has typically included 3 or 4 dogs though usually seperated by at least a year and a half in order that each dog gets the training it needs to behave as we expect it to. Dogs learn from each other - both "good" and "bad" behaviors. Benny, at 5 months, will still have a lot of maturing to do.
Good advice! Thank you!

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Chester was our only pet ever and yowled - I mean yowled on the first two nights home. Then since we couldn't hear him cuz he didn't howl so loud or so long. If Benny will be very inviting to the new puppy, he might let puppy sleep with him. Otherwise, if you don't want to buy another crate cuz the puppy is teeny weeny small in the crate you could fix up a cardboard box with a comfy towel, hot water bottle, and a chew toy. That also works. You could also put the box near Benny's crate. Although, Benny also might not like puppy's yowling and start howling too, unless puppy likes having Benny's company and won't howl cuz of Benny's presence. But you can have them together in the ex-pen together.
Thank you! Benny yowled once when we were out in the front yard! It was pretty funny and we were surprised it came out of him! We are going to buy a crate for new baby and buy a bigger crate if they want to sleep together they will have the option.

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