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first use on leash and collar

When picking up a puppy from airport should I try a small collar and leash to let it go to bathroom outside or keep it in kennel. would be hard not to hold it on ride home. thought about bringing along a big towel in my lap for accidents as the drive is 1 and a half hour home. should I give it a little water?again any info much appreciated for us first timers with havanese puppies.
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Unless he's been walking on a leash and collar he probably won't get it and only fight it so it's probably unnecessary. When you get him keep him in the kennel and let him have a few moments outside before you get in the car.

What you need to worry about more when they're puppies is car sickness. Bring the towel, but also some wipes or a wet rag for cleanup and/or some newspaper for him to be on.. an hour and a half is a long ride for a puppy. The movement from the plane will hopefully get all of that out of his system but you never know. Don't feed him til you get home..but you should offer water if he'll take it.

Congratulations on the new pup!! Lots of pictures please.

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thanks sooooo much.... am new to computer so have to figure out how to post photos...
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Congrats...I know you are excited. I would put a pee pad in the floor of the car in the back seat area and put him on it for a while to see if he would potty...or if he gets to wiggling around on the drive, put him on it. This will hopefully teach him right off the bat that he has to use the pad you have...brands have different odors, (best to stick to the same brand).

I will admit that I held Cicero on the way home...I just had to. Some want to sit in the driver's lap...but that's a no-no. Never let them do "anything" that you don't want them to do for long term -- because they are "smart" and it's harder to break something after you allow it.

Love and enjoy your new baby. I'm jealous...it's so much fun. For me, the most important thing the first month is teaching them the "spot" you want them to potty. So watch like a hawk...he is either with you 'watching him' - or in the crate (even if you run to the bathroom).


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Congrats...I know you are excited. I would put a pee pad in the floor of the car in the back seat area and put him on it for a while to see if he would potty...or if he gets to wiggling around on the drive, put him on it. This will hopefully teach him right off the bat that he has to use the pad you have...brands have different odors, (best to stick to the same brand).

I will admit that I held Cicero on the way home...I just had to. Some want to sit in the driver's lap...but that's a no-no. Never let them do "anything" that you don't want them to do for long term -- because they are "smart" and it's harder to break something after you allow it.

Love and enjoy your new baby. I'm jealous...it's so much fun. For me, the most important thing the first month is teaching them the "spot" you want them to potty. So watch like a hawk...he is either with you 'watching him' - or in the crate (even if you run to the bathroom).
thankyou!! I will take a pad! I even bought a car seat for later.. Dog is being treated better than family and I don't have it yet! hah!
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For safety definitely use a step in harness outside the airport. That way there is no chance of slipping the collar.

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Airports are usually in a place where wild critters run through the night. I wouldn't let a puppy down outside of the airport for that reason. You can take a potty pad into the bathroom and have the puppy go there. We have an SUV and put a potty pad down in the back and that's where the puppies go potty, then they're back in the kennel for the ride. I'd give water and also take a towel. If the water the airlines has given has spilled you may have a wet puppy to dry off.

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I would recommend all the above, but make sure and bring a crate just in case your puppy is nervous at all. My Saydee wanted to claw her way up my chest the entire car ride home and I wasn't smart enough to bring a crate. She was whiney and scared and wanted to be as close to my face as possible. The whole ride home was stressfull for both of us. She still has high anxiety in the car, and now prefers to travel in a soft-sided crate with a seatbelt looped through.

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