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Join Date: Dec 2007
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I read the mentioned book, and I'm not a part of the breeder world, but when I mentioned Diane Klumb at a Havanese Open House I got dagger looks from the breeders present. I guess she's part of the Havana Silk Dog controversy according to my breeder. Whatever. I am not into all of that, but I must say, it really was a helpful book and she didn't go into any of the Havanese vs. Havana Silk Dog bologna in the book. I skipped all of the "way the legs should be formed" chapters because I was confident in my breeder...I guess that would be the most controversial parts of the book.
She mentions the ex-pen, which I totally agree with and would have purchased if I would have ended up with a younger pup, as I originally thought. I also really enjoyed her chapter on the "what will I eat today" picky Hav eater, as I have one of those. I've basically just trusted my instincts and figure, as I did when breastfeeding my children, that if they're eliminating regularly, and full of energy, and growing that they are getting what they need.
I have a seven and a half year old boy and a three and half year old girl. They have both been raised with dogs, including a great dane, but I ALWAYS supervise their dog contact. So far, Posh has growled at my three year old twice in the last two months. Both times Posh has been chewing on her "bully stick" and my daughter Violet has put her face way down to Posh's. I have been right there and said "no" and grabbed Posh's cheeks. I have also told the kids that Posh's crate is COMPLETELY off limits. Both of my children feed Posh treats and make her sit and gently take them. They also play fetch with her. One thing my breeder suggested, and I hadn't thought of this was having daily "quiet" time with the puppy, cradling her on her back like a newborn and speaking softly to her, and definitely including the kids so she doesn't think of them as "playthings."
I think it really boils down to dogs are dogs and kids are kids and you must supervise contact, especially in the beginning so that the relationship grows and blooms positively. I think having a great dane has really hammered it home to me how important a well trained dog is...same goes for the wee ones.
Also, Posh likes me best so far...but I think as time goes by, she will form unique bonds with each family member for different reasons. I can already see this happening, as the first month we had her she would stay in her crate, even with the door open the whole time I was gone, waiting for me to come back and wouldn't even pee for my husband...that has completely changed.
Sorry this was so long...I'm good at giving unsolicited free advice.