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Newbie needs some advice

We are very excited to be welcoming a Havanse into our lives... we are awaiting August 24th when "Hero" (see attached picture) will be with us.

We are first time dog owners and also scared to death. Trying to struggle to get the environment setup correctly.

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He will be 17 weeks old when he comes to us (4 months and a week)
We live in a high rise condo (with a balcony)
Both of us work (though the wife has agreed to take a few days off, to help make the transisiton easier... and i can work from home a lot too)

The plan so far is :

An exercise pen, 6 feet by 3 feet and 2.5 feet high, where we will put a bed, some toys... and wizdog (litter box thing from The exercise pen will remain open for most of the day or while we are in the house... and closed when we are out and he is alone.. in the initial stages.. we want to give him free roam of the place, but not until he is properly trained and knows where to go and what to do. We want to give him a palce to go inside his x-pen incase we are out of the house and he has to go... We thought about crate training and felt like we didnt need to if we went with this idea.

Is all of this a good idea or have we lost our minds?!

He is already using both paper and goes outside with the breeder right now. he is using the paper less and less apparently.

We will definitely take him out once a day if not more than that...but we heard we shouldnt for the first three or four days (is that true)?

Any other tips for some very excited very nervous about to be "parents"


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We will definitely take him out once a day if not more than that...but we heard we shouldnt for the first three or four days (is that true)?
Hey Taimoor, we're neighbors!

What was the reasoning behind not taking him out for the first few days? I don't think I've heard that before. If you want him to learn to eliminate outside consistently, it seems like it would be logical to start out from Day #1 that way.

Hero is a doll! He looks a lot like one of my boys, Atwood (who is here visiting this week).

It sounds like you have a pretty good plan. The only thing that really caught my eye was the idea of leaving the ex-pen open. I would suggest that you keep him in the pen unless you can give him your full attention in the beginning. You want to ensure he is successful in not having accidents in your home with too much freedom in the beginning.

I look forward to hearing more about Hero!
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Congratulations on your new guy! He is a cutie. Remember to relax and have fun with this experience. It sounds like you are preparing well and everything should go fine. If you have any issues once he gets home, just ask for help. Someone on this list usually has the answer you are searching for.

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I have to agree with Kimberly. Initially, give him freedom only when you can really keep at least two of your eyes on him. It will be quite the adventure, but you'll find answers to pretty much anything puppy/Havanese related on this forum.

WELCOME!!! (Can't wait for more pictures!)

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Hero is a doll -- what a great smile on that cute face. I agree to watch him like a hawk and keep him in the pen when you are not hands on. If he starts having accidents it is hard to break them once they make their own potty area. Also, I would think about putting a crate inside the pen -- for his bed -- for his den. You can leave the door open and give him treats inside so he will get use to it. My reason for this is that one day the x-pen will probably come down when he is fully potty trained but he will still need a safe place for when you two have to go out. Also, if you take him with you on trips or to visit with others overnight, it's great that he can feel safe with his own den going with him! I will be looking forward to lots of cute pics of your new addition. No need to be nervous -- you are in for some really good times!!

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Hero is adorable. Welcome to the forum. The most important thing is to relax and enjoy him and like everyone else said, watch him like a hawk so he has few chances of making a mistake but be patient because mistakes will happen.
When you say you're not taking him out, do you mean to potty or to socialize him? I'd start taking him a lot of places if I were you. Just don't put him down where there are a lot of other dogs.


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Welcome! Don't worry too much just because it's your first time. I think after the first day, you won't even remember what days were like without him
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Welcome to you and Hero! He's VERY cute! You're going to love this website because there are so many knowledgable members who are very friendly and willing to share advice. Our Daisy Mae will be 16 weeks tomorrow - about the same age as Hero will be when you bring him home.

I agree with Cicero's Mom - - get Hero a crate to be his "den". Ours fastens on to the ex-pen - so it actually increases the space.

We work out of the house - so Daisy usually goes potty outside since we're home and take her out numerous times during the day. However, there are times we need to be gone and Daisy will potty on a K-9 grass tray. We restrict her to the sun room (fence it off with an ex-pen) and we put her crate out in the sunroom. We actually carry the crate around the house with us! We bring it in the office when we're working - and then carry it in the bedroom at night. We set an ex-pen up with the crate in our bedroom and put the K-9 grass tray in the ex-pen for her. She gets up and "goes" in the middle of the night, but climbs back in her ex-pen (den) and sleeps in until 8:00 AM!

Daisy climbs in her crate for naps when ever she's sleepy - unless she falls asleep on top of my foot while I'm on the computer! LOL! Her crate is her "safe place" and she curls up in there if there's a storm etc.

She's not 100% on her potty training. Mistakes happen usually because I am busy and put off taking her out and the potty grass isn't in the same room as Daisy. Puppies just don't have a lot of time to get outside once they realize they need to go! If Daisy is in the same room as the potty grass, she doesn't have accidents. It's when I've let her run loose (and haven't watched her closely for signs she needs to go) that she's had accidents - totally my fault!

We hope so see more pictures when Hero comes home! I bet you give him a "Hero's Welcome" (forgive the cliche!)

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Wow... thanks everyone for such a warm welcome... we will definitely keep the crate inside the x-pen and leave it open.. i think its a good idea.. maybe we will store his toys in there...

thanks for all the support and advice... this is a great place to be.. now i jsut have to figure out how im going to spend the next three weeks... arrggg
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Welcome. And I know exactly how you'll spend the next few weeks - buying toys and begging your breeder for more pictures!

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