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thinking of getting a havanese

Hi everyone, I'm new here. I've been researching on different dog breeds, and I fell in love with the Havanese. I am thinking of keeping one, but I am worried that my schedule is not going to suit a Havanese needs. I am moving to Australia midyear, and I even started emailing a breeder to ask advice on. I checked and emailed dog walking services in the area (I found one). I've been looking for doggie daycares but sadly there's nothing available in the area. I will continue to search for daycares though, so my dog can go at least once or twice a week. I will be working as a preschool teacher, and I pretty much will have the usual school holiday breaks. I'm just worried when I'm at work that I will have to leave my dog alone. I'm thinking of working close to home, so I can go home during lunch hours. I read about setting up xpens, housebreaking, grooming, any exercise needed. But I am truly worried about my dog being alone and having separation anxiety especially that Havanese are companion pets. I think my work will be from 9 to 4, with me going home at lunch.

Whew! I know it's so premature that I am researching, but I want a happy and healthy dog living with me. Hopefully a Havanese!

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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We are home probably 95% of the time. My heart aches every time I have to leave Dexter alone. Hopefully someone can let you know how to handle your situation.

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I have owned a collie, a dalmation and a yellow lab. My friends have ****z hu's, shi-poos, and a variety of other dogs. My havs are the BEST dog I have ever been around. You will truly not be sorry if you get one. I would suggest that you look for someone in the area, like a retired lady or a stay at home mom who can puppy sit. Also I would consider getting 2. We got Bella in October and we just brought home her little brother (name to be determined). Already, I can see how much they will play together. Our lab is more like Grampa. He'll sit on the couch with them, but since he's over 100 lbs can't really play with them. You will be surprised how much a hav will enrich your life. I've always been a dog person. I love our lab. He's a nice dog. But my husband and I are "in love" with our havs. I never knew I'd be a crazy dog person! But what fun we're having! Good luck with your decision.
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So I've been busy google-ing for doggy daycare in the area I am moving to, I didn't even check the local yellow pages! I found a lot of pet nannies and pet minders. Yay! There is hope for my havanese dream.
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Hi ya-
It is great that your here and that it seems like you have researched everything so you can be prepared...

I think if you are committed to hiring someone to come in during the day along with you coming home for lunch then I would say it is something definately do able...

I don't think you would have to put the pup into daycare, especially since they Sleep ALOT during the day. Maybe when he is older and awake more during the day. Maybe also consider the day care 1 day a week to socialize him or even a part time basis, but I wouldn't see the need for full time daycare. As long as he gets socialized. The daycare may help with training but it may throw your training off if they do things different than the way you do. Plus you may have to follow their schedule when you are off on the weekends or holdiays etc. That all being said I have no experience with the doggie daycares. I am sure if you go and have a consult you can make a better descision. I would think the dog sitter/walker would be what I would prefer in your situation.

It would also depend on how old the pup is, the younger the more often it would need to go out, maybe even overnight.

Also, if your anxious about leaving the dog for the day feeling sorry for it, THE DOG WILL PICK UP ON THAT! The pup will start to then feel anxious/have separtion anxiety because that is what your portraying before you leave.

I would rent dog whisperer DVD, and read his books, very helpful.

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Welcome to the forum! I think all dogs are different. I think the girls handle being alone a little bit better. I got Bella first and she hated being left alone. I built up her confidence and then she was great alone. She was 7 months old when I got her. I work freelance, so sometimes I would work long days. She started in daycare on the days I worked. I soon realized she was more comfortable at home. I brought someone in after 5 hours, so she was never left alone for more than that. If you come home for lunch, the pup might be fine. I know several people here that leave their dogs home all day and they are fine. You might also consider an older pup. I have 3 hav's now and still won't leave them for more than 5-6 hours at a time. I leave the TV on, food and water down, they have a dog door and free run of the house! Good luck. You are smart to do your homework!

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Hi and welcome to the forum! I think you can definitely do this and still have a happy Hav. I agree that getting two Hav's would be the best. I also think that just checking on your dogs once at lunch will be adequate (a dog walker is ideal but not necessary). I'm home all day, and mine is not very active. He sleeps at my feet while I work on the computer, and lays nearby if I move to another room. He eats once, chews a little but sleeps for the most part. When my kids come home, he is much more active until bed time (still sleeping on and off). You can always take your dog for a walk before you leave for work if you're concerned about wearing him/her out. As far as doggy daycare, some dogs like it, but mine didn't. They can pick up behaviors from the other dogs. Also, you should take the money you're willing to spend on daycare or a dog sitter and put it toward a second Hav. I think that would be much better. Good luck, and keep us posted.

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I don't think you should have any problem and I agree, if there's any way you can do it, two keep each other company. My boys have never had separation anxiety. They have each other . . . and my older girls. They are the sweetest things and I can't imagine my life without them. That aside, you should be aware and may already be, of the grooming issues. They really need to be combed and/or brushed regularly and they do "blow coat," at which time they mat like crazy.

I wish you luck and hope you get one of these little angels.

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Thanks for the advice! I really appreciate it. I don't think I can have two at the moment. I'm a bit hesitant to take care of more than one dog. And my fiance only agreed to one puppy! I want to keep an old cat from the shelter, but I'm still researching if a hav and a cat can be good buddies.
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I would suggest that you find a good breeder and tell them your situation. Like said before all dogs are different, one of my havs hated to be by himself and the other one didn't have a problem with it, until the first one taught her to be upset over it.

Anyway some havs do better being left alone, I think it is part in their genes and maybe part of their unbringing in those first weeks of life at the breeders.
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