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Hello,

My name is Kari and we have had our first Havanese puppy since the day before Thanksgiving. He is almost 17 weeks old and his name is Murphy. We love him dearly. He is a rather mellow dog but has some shyness issues we are trying to work out. Taking him to a puppy class with bigger dogs seems to have made things worse for him. We are going to try a small dog play group and see how things go.

Anyway, I wanted to say hello.
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Thanks! I've been trying to figure out how to upload a photo of my little guy so it appears to the left like everyone elses. What am I doing wrong?
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I figured it out!
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Welcome! I'm new, too. My little guy is only 9 weeks old, and has alot of the same colorings as yours. Good luck on the shyness issue. Maybe it's just his personality?
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Wow - he looks so much like my Lexi. I love the black & white ones. How are you all doing on potty training?? My almost 11 week old is pretty bad. He pees 3x per hour. So taking him out is great, till 20 minutes later.
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Welcome aboard Kari. Murphy is beautiful!!!!!!! You came to a great place with lots of information.

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Thanks for the welcomes!

Potty training? We are using a bell now on the door. He uses it mostly to tell us he wants to play outside! He'll be 17 weeks tomorrow and we are doing pretty good but it's really because we take him out a lot.
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Hi Kari welcome to the forum!
Murphy is very cute! The shyness could be his personality as mentioned above.

My Stogie is the same way. He wont go up to people, and with men its worse. But he is still sweet.

Glad you posted your photo, he is adorable.
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Welcome to the group! Puppy classes are a great way to help with shyness and socialize. With the shyness issues especially in puppy classes just make sure your dog has only good experiences with bigger dogs. My havanese is extremely social with other dogs, with people-we always have to work on that! I have a 4lb maltese and her first class they decided to let all the dogs offleash and trust them to socialize.. it doesnt work and it makes a little dog more fearful. Only let the dog be around other big dogs that are well socialized. I learned this before we added the havanese! Remember you are your puppy's advocate and if it doesn't feel right, say no!

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