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Okay, a couple more questions because i can barely sleep with all the excitement and I can't stop thinking up these questions while I am supposed to be sleeping...haha...Well...
Can you give me tips on anything I need to have when the puppy gets here? I know the obvious...crate, food, blankets, bottled water, leash, harness, etc...
but I am a little confused because on a couple sites it said to have karo syrup and nutrical? I am not really sure what they are to be used for or do you only need those when she is a newborn puppy? She is going to be 17 weeks...so do I need these? Any other things that I might overlook that I will need?


P.S. Thanks you everyone for all of your help and making me feel so welcome to this forum. I am seriously already addicted to the forum and check it at least 4 times a day...
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Lots of pee pads... I know you have those already and it sounds like you are all set. Oh, get the housework done because you are not going to want to do anything except hold that new baby for a couple of weeks.

The Karo syrup or nutrical is use for tiny puppies that are not eating well. You can give them a little for energy if they seem 'weak'. I don't think at 17 weeks you will need it.

I will tell you that sometimes a new puppy might not seem to eat really well for 2 or 3 days. I think some people make the mistake that I did and I think it might can cause a picky eater. Your breeder will probably tell you what food she has been using and I would stick with the same. It will take your new baby a few days to get use to the new house, new people, etc before she will eat really well. I think I made the mistake on the 3rd day of buying a differnt food because I "thought" he didn't like what he was suppose to eat -- and that lead to more - and more - and more bags.

You will do great. Just love that baby and use that crate to potty train....and post lots of pictures.


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Ok, I think your puppy is right in line with mine size-wise. The karo and nutrical, I believe, is for the teeny pups who may have blood sugar issues. I know when I brought home Pixie at 8 weeks the breeder and vet told me to keep an eye on her eating and make sure she ate every few hours to avoid low blood sugar. Of course now this isn't an issue, and I'm pretty sure won't be an issue with Pancakes, but just to be sure ask the breeder. When is her birthday? Pixie's is May 23 (2 days before mine!) I wouldn't spend lots of money on dog beds just yet. Pixie either chews them, or peed on them. Old towels worked great. She does better with a harness then a collar, but I'm sure everyone has a preference. I know the dogs with the long coats are supposed to get knots from harnesses. Flea prevention-she's on Advantage for fleas and has had no bad reaction from it whatsoever and it does work great, although again some dogs may have reactions to it, or fleas in that geographic area become resistant to it. Toys-my dog loves her toys and loves having "things" that are just hers. You may want to get a groomer lined up that knows what a havanese is (some have never seen one!) and of course your vet. Make sure they are knowledgable about this breed and their vaccination schedule-havanese are sensitive to the combo vaccines (lots of info about that here). Oh, one thing I bought that I love is a canvas square carrier, almost like a canvas crate. It's great for in the car (the seatbelt can secure it through the carrying straps) and she loves to nap in it on car rides, and I take it to the vet. It's tough to hold a squirmy puppy and wait for the vet-with this I can just plop her in it with a toy and she's calm and happy. I take it to the groomer too-I never liked the metal holding pens-kinda like little jail cells. This is somewhere she knows and feels secure in and can wait there until I get her. That's all I can think of, and I'm sure everyone will give you lots of ideas and great advise. Now get some sleep!
I, unfortunately, bought a bag of Dunkin' Donuts coffee today and had the brilliant idea to brew a pot AT NIGHT. What the heck was I thinking! Who knows when I'll be getting to sleep..
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all you add is love...and consistency!

Just like for my daughter, for my first havanese I bought a lot of stuff he never used. The dog bed was never used even though it was lovely...although he does like the dog pillow. My two are not big on toys, they like chew sticks when they were older to keep teeth clean. Most on my money went into training, good food, and grooming. A good puppy brush and comb are good...I hope you have someone near you who can assist you in havanese grooming essentials. Hopefully your breeder has provided you with a puppy pack...and good instructions.

Join your local havanese club and meet others you can meet with and learn from. I was lucky to have had a great mentor.

Most of all enjoy those puppy days, even though housetraining takes time and effort, it is soooooooo worth it. A well trained havanese has a lot more freedom. Ah and the fun begins...my life has never been the same.

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Not to change the subject, but Cicero (the immaculate) is getting his topknot perfectly adjusted as I type-c'mon admit it!!
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I would suggest getting a good camera!

Also, what do you plan on feeding Pancakes?

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As of right now, at the breeders Pancakes is on a diet of a combination of:
NutriSource for Puppies; Chicken Soup for Puppies by Diamond; Eukanuba Small Bite for Puppies by IAMS. And also some raw diet too.

But I am definitely open to any suggestions on different foods if this is not a good combination...I am interested in a raw diet, and I have read a lot on the forum here about it...just trying to talk my boyfriend into it because he's the one who mainly cooks. I'm probably about as spoiled as Pancakes is going to be.
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As of right now, at the breeders Pancakes is on a diet of a combination of:
NutriSource for Puppies; Chicken Soup for Puppies by Diamond; Eukanuba Small Bite for Puppies by IAMS. And also some raw diet too.

But I am definitely open to any suggestions on different foods if this is not a good combination...I am interested in a raw diet, and I have read a lot on the forum here about it...just trying to talk my boyfriend into it because he's the one who mainly cooks. I'm probably about as spoiled as Pancakes is going to be.
Chicken Soup is a pretty good food. I would stick to what the breeder is feeding for a little while and slowly transition to another food if you want to switch so that your puppy doesn't get an upset stomach.
Here's a link to help you choose some good foods..
http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
Raw food is a great choice for a lot of pets.
You have to research it pretty thoroughly if you make you own to be sure that they are getting everything that they need.
Natures Variety makes frozen raw medallions that are a complete food if you want to go with that...much less work but they cost a little more than making it yourself.
My puppy is eating Orijen puppy (grain free) and Solid Gold Hundchen Flocken (puppy) mixed together with some salmon oil on top. It took forever to find a food that he (and I) was happy with but I feel like we're finally at a good place with his food.
Good luck getting ready for your puppy...get as much sleep as you can now...you won't get much once she's home..lol

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Thanks for posting that link, Eva. It's a great place to find out what the reviews are on different kibble and canned food. Check it out! Please stay away, far away, from anything Iams! If you look that food up at the link Eva posted, you will understand.

You can keep feeding your new pup some of the food the breeder is, but there's nothing wrong in changing it to whatever you feel is best. It will be an adjustment of a day, two or three, but that's it.

I would recommend you take Pancakes out on car rides. Often! Short rides, even 5 mins. at a time and making it exciting will teach her that going out in the car is FUN! Many pups seem to get nauseous and sick, so if you can start on that, then you'll have better odds. There are harnesses and crates, seats and other type of belts to keep them safe. I personally got harnesses for both Ricky and Sammy and it's what works best for them.

Also, teach Pancakes that grooming is fun from day one. Comb/brush her, either on your lap, or on the kitchen table/counter. Make it a daily thing and treat her once your done. A nice massage and a bit of a treat makes it a pleasurable experience and she won't be afraid of the grooming process. Handle and play with her paws, ears, mouth, eyes..... a LOT !

Ok..... I'm writing a novel here. Sorry ! I'm almost as excited as you are!!




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Ok, I think your puppy is right in line with mine size-wise. The karo and nutrical, I believe, is for the teeny pups who may have blood sugar issues. I know when I brought home Pixie at 8 weeks the breeder and vet told me to keep an eye on her eating and make sure she ate every few hours to avoid low blood sugar. Of course now this isn't an issue, and I'm pretty sure won't be an issue with Pancakes, but just to be sure ask the breeder. When is her birthday? Pixie's is May 23 (2 days before mine!) I wouldn't spend lots of money on dog beds just yet. Pixie either chews them, or peed on them. Old towels worked great. She does better with a harness then a collar, but I'm sure everyone has a preference. I know the dogs with the long coats are supposed to get knots from harnesses. Flea prevention-she's on Advantage for fleas and has had no bad reaction from it whatsoever and it does work great, although again some dogs may have reactions to it, or fleas in that geographic area become resistant to it. Toys-my dog loves her toys and loves having "things" that are just hers. You may want to get a groomer lined up that knows what a havanese is (some have never seen one!) and of course your vet. Make sure they are knowledgable about this breed and their vaccination schedule-havanese are sensitive to the combo vaccines (lots of info about that here). Oh, one thing I bought that I love is a canvas square carrier, almost like a canvas crate. It's great for in the car (the seatbelt can secure it through the carrying straps) and she loves to nap in it on car rides, and I take it to the vet. It's tough to hold a squirmy puppy and wait for the vet-with this I can just plop her in it with a toy and she's calm and happy. I take it to the groomer too-I never liked the metal holding pens-kinda like little jail cells. This is somewhere she knows and feels secure in and can wait there until I get her. That's all I can think of, and I'm sure everyone will give you lots of ideas and great advise. Now get some sleep!
I, unfortunately, bought a bag of Dunkin' Donuts coffee today and had the brilliant idea to brew a pot AT NIGHT. What the heck was I thinking! Who knows when I'll be getting to sleep..
Pancakes birthday is May 16th! Wow...her and Pixie are really close...
her updated weight at 17 weeks is 4 lbs 10 oz.! I can't wait until she comes home!! 7 days!!! I feel so excited...I can't wait for her to come home...
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