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Hi Everyone,
I am looking forward to being a part of this forum. My Hav, Lucy , will be 13 weeks tomorrow. She is my first Havanese. My hubby and I are having a good time with her! Any suggestions for a new puppy would be appreciated.
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Welcome! I'm not the best to offer puppy advice. I can say that if you feed on a set schedule (not leave food out all the time), that housebreaking will also start to form a schedule. You begin to learn when a poo and/or pee is going to happen and get them outside before it does. Also, it's good to start handling their feet. Spread the toes and rub their feet. Lots of dogs hate having their feet touched and this can be a problem later on unless they get used to it as a pup. Also it's good to start rubbing their teeth so they get accustomed to someone examining their mouths or brushing their teeth. There are lots of experienced dog owners on this forum so I'm sure you'll get lots of advice. Sometimes it helps to ask a specific question.



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My advice is just based on hindsight, not expertise. I wish I would have done a puppy class earlier, but we had some scheduling issues. I completely agree about the handling!

I was also a little hesitant about things he was afraid of, like baths, because it was my first puppy. While I don’t suggest completely ignoring fears (I personally don’t believe every acknowledgment of fear is reinforcing, I think it’s more complicated than that) I waited longer between baths at first because they made him nervous, and then when we started doing baths more often he was great. I didn’t realize I was sort of avoiding things that might make him anxious, but when they’re little is the best time.

Also, however you want it to be later, start it now. Where you want him to sleep, if you’re crate training, etc.

You might want to read about indoor potty training if you live in an area with snow or harsh winters. There are a lot of threads about it here on the forum. I have to admit, I’d never heard of it and thought it sounded a little strange at first, but it’s a completely underutilized skill that is so easy for a small breed puppy to learn but nearly impossible for an adult dog to learn, so you can’t change your mind later. You don’t have to use smelly pee pads or anything to indoor potty train, either, there are all kinds of enclosed systems that basically look like a boot tray with a grated and you can fill them with the material you prefer. Dogs and puppies who use indoor potty training do not have any problem at all going outside, it’s just more convenient in the winter, early morning, and when they’re left home alone.

Schedule as many doggy play dates with friends with healthy dogs and have as many friends over as you can. It’s a great excuse to spend the next few weeks catching up with friends and family before the socialization window begins to close.
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Congratulations! I'm still trying to get a handle on my puppy but everything I read promotes a regular schedule and positive reinforcement. I took a puppy class and he seemed to do okay in it, and now that he's going to daycare his confidence is building up (I hope). Those might be two things you could to give your puppy a boost.
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Welcome, let us know your concerns, I am sure someone here will be able to help.







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My advice is just based on hindsight, not expertise. I wish I would have done a puppy class earlier, but we had some scheduling issues. I completely agree about the handling!

I was also a little hesitant about things he was afraid of, like baths, because it was my first puppy. While I donít suggest completely ignoring fears (I personally donít believe every acknowledgment of fear is reinforcing, I think itís more complicated than that) I waited longer between baths at first because they made him nervous, and then when we started doing baths more often he was great. I didnít realize I was sort of avoiding things that might make him anxious, but when theyíre little is the best time.

Also, however you want it to be later, start it now. Where you want him to sleep, if youíre crate training, etc.

You might want to read about indoor potty training if you live in an area with snow or harsh winters. There are a lot of threads about it here on the forum. I have to admit, Iíd never heard of it and thought it sounded a little strange at first, but itís a completely underutilized skill that is so easy for a small breed puppy to learn but nearly impossible for an adult dog to learn, so you canít change your mind later. You donít have to use smelly pee pads or anything to indoor potty train, either, there are all kinds of enclosed systems that basically look like a boot tray with a grated and you can fill them with the material you prefer. Dogs and puppies who use indoor potty training do not have any problem at all going outside, itís just more convenient in the winter, early morning, and when theyíre left home alone.

Schedule as many doggy play dates with friends with healthy dogs and have as many friends over as you can. Itís a great excuse to spend the next few weeks catching up with friends and family before the socialization window begins to close.

In addition, to indoor potty training the number one MUST HAVE is an Ex-Pen. Lots of info on this forum on how to set this up.

Ditto on the indoor potty training. Easiest way to train. My little one was potty trained by 3 months to one area of the house. By 10 months she had free range of the house and goes pee/poo outside as well as indoors when it's more convenient. Two days ago it was cold with heavy rain for 24 hours. No problem... we have a potty tray and she didn't have to venture out. During the summers we move to a condo in the mountains and where we have no yard. We aren't forced to get up at 5 or 6 a.m. to take Patti for walks to do her job. We can leave her for the day and not worry about having to rush back so she can go outside.

Each month there will be a new puppy issue. This forum saved my sanity and got me through all the unexpected puppy dramas. I now have a well mannered dog (for the most part). Kendrall was especially helpful, as well as, many others on this sit.

Getting into puppy training classes is very helpful. I was in a situation where I could not participate for a whole class, but the tips learned from the few classes, plus reading books and tips offered on this blog helped showed me the way.

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congratulations on getting new pet
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Welcome! Two links for you . . .

https://www.havaneseforum.com/8-pupp...resources.html

https://www.havaneseforum.com/8-pupp...our-puppy.html

Also, we recently picked up a mini muffin pan at a garage sale and hide four treats among the 12 cups then cover all the cups with balls and toys so Shama can sniff out her treats. She likes this activity.

Please post some photos, and ask questions anytime!
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