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Best piece of advice for a new Havanese puppy?

Hello all! Introducing myself here before bringing home our new little guy on August 31. "Maestro" will be 11w2d when we bring him home next weekend -- and while we've gathered all our supplies and planned our "first week home" strategy, there's always stuff you forget! So ... post your best/favorite/most useful new-puppy-at-home advise that you've got! Thanks in advance!
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Welcome Maestro and family! Such an exciting and very long week - the one before you pick up your new HAV puppy! When I picked up Leo, I took his bear toy which looks basically like a bearskin rug. The head has stuffing but the body is stuffingless. Anyway, I rubbed it all over his littermates and mama dog. I put it in his crate at night and in his expen during the day? He still loves his bear though I'm not sure any of the litter scent is still present. He tends to sleep with it, wrestle it and give it "love" when he's feeling frisky! I think it helped him settle in more easily having the familiar scent of his canine family. I am certain an old towel, t-shirt, etc. would work just as well. Others will have tips to share I'm sure. : )


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OMGosh he is ADORABLE!
my best advice would be to have a solid plan for potty training, confine your pup if you can't watch him. Have "eagle eyes" on him at ALL times. Set him up for success, be positive and encouraging and take TONS of pictures!
Also remember to cherish the crazy puppy days.. before you know it he will be all grown up, mostly trained well respected member of the family and you won't be able to remember what life was like before he joined your family!

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Hello all! Introducing myself here before bringing home our new little guy on August 31. "Maestro" will be 11w2d when we bring him home next weekend -- and while we've gathered all our supplies and planned our "first week home" strategy, there's always stuff you forget! So ... post your best/favorite/most useful new-puppy-at-home advise that you've got! Thanks in advance!
A very good bottle of wine for yourself!
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Find soft treats. We started with kibble and dried liver. But it took so long for Charlie to chew every treat that he forgot what he was doing by the time he'd finished it. We only really got the training going when we found soft treats.
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He's so cute! We're bringing one home around the same time. I wish you luck!
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Order, and read this book. It's required reading for our puppy buyers.

http://www.cleanrun.com/index.cfm?fu...roduct_ID=2502
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With pottytraining: take him out frequently and watch him every single second.


Hav to hav a Hav!!!
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Dana and I are/were new puppy parents. We read several books, on-line research, read this site and talked to friends. There is too much advice to put in one reply, but here are some of our most important take aways:

1. Keep your puppy safe and loved, but let him work through his anxiety and allow him the dignity to solve his own problems. Gibbs wailed the first 4 nights he was away from his littermates. Dana and I held each other, but we refused to bring him into our bed or reinforce his wailing. Each night the wailing subsided sooner than the night before, and he finally learned to go to bed without crying. As long as he's not in danger, hurt or terrified, Dana and I let Gibbs work through his own discomfort. All we'd try and do is offer one or two "It's OK" and let him figure it out. Now, in any new or uncomfortable situation, Gibbs looks to us to hear "It's OK", and generally remains calm and relaxed if we are.

2. Puppies get their energy and demeanor from you. What is best for your puppy, first has to be right for you and your family.

3. Consistency is key, but not to point of rigidity. Dogs are creatures of habit and are happiest with structure. Find a plan that works for you and your family and try to stick with it. BUT, if something is clearly not working the way you thought it would, don't be afraid to change it, because although dogs like structure and routine, puppies are adaptable.

4. Regarding Housebreaking:
a. Feed him at the same time every day. Regular feedings = regular pooping.
b. Take him outside:
(1) Every hour (except overnight)
(2) After sleeping
(3) After eating
(4) After playing
c. Crate train your dog. Dogs feel safe and secure in their "Den or Pen" and don't like to soil where they sleep.
d. Keep your dog in his crate/den/pen when you can't properly supervise him.

5. Get him use to having his ears and paws handled and get him use to having his teeth brushed as soon as you can. Make it routine as a puppy and he'll let you do it forever.

John





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If you have a long drive have someone with you. I bought a travel crate but Zoey ended up in a small laundry basket on my mom's lap. I also bought a x small collar and a very light weight leash so we could make some stops.I had wet wash cloths and extra bedding. We had to change it twice. Also if traveling have the breeder hold off on food ( depending on how long the trip is) I had a three hour drive. It will help the pup from getting car sick. I did however offer water. I would look into the best rug cleaner chemical you can find that takes the sent away.My sister has a cleaner that just sits on the spot I think it works great. love and patience are the most important thing.

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