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Adventures of Archer

Figured I'd post a general update on here and include some pics. Things are going well with Archer who is now just under 12 weeks old. We're still not 100% on potty training but doing lots better. We had a big party for my boyfriend's birthday and Archer was a star. He wanted to be with everyone even though there were so many people. He was tired but didn't want to rest!

Then we went to visit his half-brother (1.5 yrs older- same mother) with a nearby couple for a play-date. They had a blast together and played for about 2 solid hours. I was a bit concerned he was going to wear himself right out but he kept going! And was really tired later (so I snuck in some grooming then, buwahaha).

We have taken some in-crate walks around the busy block here to keep him getting used to the noises and sights (mostly he wants to get out and play with the people), we have done a few little harness/leash jaunts in parking lots, and he is pretty much unperturbed by the vacuum, coffee grinder, and blender now! He learned stairs recently and has played with an English lab and his Havanese relative.

He is sleeping through the night (as long as he is in his crate by our bedside) and I have been able to leave him during the day for one-hour stretches in his crate with a special Kong. As long as I do it after I have worn him out a bit and when he would be napping anyway, it seems ok.

Nipping is still happening but not too bad... he seems to be getting the message at least some of the time. He is good at Sit (with looking in my eyes too), Down, he is learning Stay, he is learning Roll Over, shake-a-paw, "High five" (shake a paw from down position), "In your pen", waiting to come out of his pen until I say Ok, "In your crate", "Come", "Off" and "Let's Go" (for walking together and stopping when I stop). He is good in the car now too!

So! This week he will be getting his 2nd set of shots and we'll be able to explore outside more. then we'll be doing some kind of Puppy K so he can have other people give him commands and play with some other puppies.

I think we have both gotten over my under-feeding of him and his digestion is doing a lot better (though not perfect yet). Going to weigh him soon and see if he has caught up! Starting not to remember Life Before a Havanese!! (Also known as the Dark Ages)
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Sounds like great progress and settling in to the new puppy dynamic!


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What a cute puppy! When did he get the tatoo?
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The tattoo is from the breeder...
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He is just the cutest little thing ever!! Sounds like he is doing well too! I didn't know that pups were given tattoos.. ya learn something new everyday on here.

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He is just the cutest little thing ever!! Sounds like he is doing well too! I didn't know that pups were given tattoos.. ya learn something new everyday on here.
I think that some breeders use tattoos in place of microchips for identification purposes.


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He's SO cute, and it sounds like you are all doing great!

I think tattoos are more common in Canada, while microchipping is more common in the U.S. The good thing about tattoos is they are so visible. The bad thing about tattoos is they are so visible.


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He got his 2nd set of vaccines today. I have to admit I was not thrilled with the vet I saw just in terms of how he kind of manhandled him. I was hoping for a bit more of a gentle touch and encouragement with him rather than just kind of grabbing him and forcing him to do everything... but I don't have a lot of experience with what I can expect from vets with dogs.

He got his Strongid dewormer, and the DHPP & Lepto (one combined shot). So I am home with him today to keep an eye on him. They said since he is almost 5 lbs it is unlikely he will have a reaction but he will be sleepier today and that if he did have a reaction I would see it around his eyes (swelling) within 5-6 hrs...

I can shop around and bring him to different vets until I find one I am happy with. Archer did NOT like it when he was trying to look at his teeth. He noticed a problem, he said that the bottom teeth were not properly aligned, that the bottom jaw was too narrow and the teeth were not at the right angle? He said he didn't know much more about it as dentistry was not his specialty but it could be a problem and require dental surgery and made a referral for us to bring him to a dental specialist to have it checked out. So I am feeling concerned about that...

I can't believe how stressed _I_ got with this vet visit! I wanted it to be perfect and for him to be relaxed and not fight anything, but he did not like getting his temp taken or the de-wormer administration (surely there is a better way than struggling to shove it in their mouth?) or the shot or anything. I brought treats and kibble and tried to feed him as much as I could during it. But I would say overall it was probably not a good experience.

They recommended he get the kennel cough vaccine but I didn't go for it today. They also recommended using Revolution year-round since we are in a condo and apparently the hallways can be a year-round source of fleas. I chose not to get it this time since he'd been through enough already (and so had I!). I need to do more research on what the best plan for flea control is...

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OMG. I'm so sorry! YES. I would DEFINITELY find a different vet. I wouldn't give Lepto anyway, but I CERTAINLY wouldn't give a combined shot like that to a known vaccine sensitive breed. And please watch him carefully, because vaccine problems acn show up up to 3 days after.

You were DEFINITELY right to refuse any more chemicals going into his little body all at once, and I wouldn't give kennel cough anyway. Here's a good article on Kennel Cough:

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites...-for-dogs.aspx

And here is the protocol most havanese owners follow:

http://drjeandoddspethealthresource....4#.U0cdQP3hUwI

Did they do a stool sample and he had worms? Why did they need to deworm him? This isn't something that should be done "just because".

Do your research on flea issues, including talking to different vets in your specific area. What works where you live may be completely different than what works other places in the country. You want to use the least toxic substance that you can and use it as infrequently as you can. Revolution seems to be a flea, tick AND heartworm med. That makes me nervous. Heartworms are internal parasites, fleas and ticks are external. that means that stuff is going to get all the way into the BLOOD STREAM of a very small puppy. Do you know if heartworm is a problem in your area? And for how much of the year? Don't treat all year for something that is only a potential problem for 3 months or so.

And as far as handling is concerned… that's one of the reasons that I switched to my wonderful holistic vet. Kodi was traumatized by some rough handling at the vet's office too… not that they were purposely MEAN or anything, but they handled him like he was a piece of meat rather than a sensitive living creatuer with feelings. I went to my current vet the first time, and went to lift him up on the table, and she stopped me. She got down on the floor with him, with a handful of treats, and didn't put him up on the table until he was climbing all over her and wiggling all over as well. She got HIS vote that day, and got MY vote by her cautious integration of modern western medicine and alternative therapies as appropriate.

Oh, and another tip on making it as non-stressful as possible… Leave him in the car until they have a room ready for you, THEN bring him in, so he avoids the stressful waiting room. Then put him BACK in the car and go back in to pay your bill. My obedience trainer taught me that.


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