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How do you deal with "puppy fever"?

I'm deep in the grips of puppy fever and wondering what you guys do if you're ever at this stage - or were at one point?

Now that I've been approved by my preferred breeder, I'm definitely there right now. The puppies are due tomorrow (which means they can come anytime), and while I'm definitely not guaranteed one (since it's all down to temperament), I'm hopeful!

So far to try to keep myself from getting TOO excited, I'm perusing the puppy subreddit and reading about everyone dealing with housebreaking and landshark phases... and my facebook memories lately have just happened to be from when my last dog was a puppy and was up 3-4 times a night. Those things definitely help... and make me second guess everything.. haha!

What did you all do to pass the time?

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What did you all do to pass the time?
The exact same thing!

At least once you know when youíll have your puppy you can start scheduling stuff like socialization play dates.

I read two different training books, one before and one after we brought our puppy home. I liked the second one better and wished I had read it before. So thereís that!
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Exactly.. there'll be lots to do once I know for sure.. (such as buying a new crate, new toys, scheduling vet check, etc etc etc..)

Good call with the books - I did pull out my 3 favourite (Don't Shoot the Dog, Dogs are from Neptune, and Excel-erated Learning)... so I should actually re-read them... hehehe

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EvaE1zabeth said:
"I liked the second one better and wished I had read it before."

What is the name of the book you liked better?

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Hereís a different approach. Take a trip you have always wanted to do because once the puppy arrives, you wonít want to leave him/her! Take puppy pictures with you to gaze at while traveling to help you think about what awaits you. If an away trip is not an option, do things that you might not want to do once the baby arrives, like loud parties or loud music or a day at a museum without having to think about getting home before he/she has an accident!

Seriously, once the puppy does arrive, you will still be able to live your life, but things may become more complicated for the first few months while he/she is a very little, needy baby. Overnights will be particularly challenging because you wonít probably trust anyone other than another family member or a very, very trusted friend or known caregiver to take care of your precious little, charming but mischievous puppy...certainly not a total stranger who hasnít had a full FBI background check and fingerprinting, canine CPR certification, (ok, I am getting a little carried away here, but you get what I mean.).
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Tank up on sleep, lol 😜! Then research: local dog sitters, groomers, puppy training camps (a place to send your pup while youre on vacation, as the good ones book way in advance.) Take care of any outstanding items on the to-do list so you can devote yourself to caring for your pup. I remember having to hover near Bodhi for several weeks while he learned our space and trained me to read his body language for potty. It was a FT job 🤣😅🤣. Worth it though, Havs are the sweetest fur babies EVER!
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Cassandra has a good point about doing things you won't be able to do with a puppy while you still can.

If your mind keeps returning to the puppy, however, there are so many things to read on this forum and beyond . . .

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

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

Also, you should start watching kikopup videos. I have a hard time watching dog training videos with Shama around because she barks like crazy at the dogs on my computer (and TV) screens. She even barks at videos of herself running agility!

Really looking forward to hearing what comes next in your adventure!
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Well the book I liked better was ďTraining the Best Dog Ever.Ē But I donít even think thatís my favorite, i did like it better, I think itís more that I would have been more prepared if I read a few books before we brought our puppy home so that I could pick and choose what clicked with me best from the different books. What I do like about this book is the way the author explains the rationales for positive reinforcement training. In my community most people still use really old fashioned training methods, and it helped me stay confident in my decisions when I received advice that didnít sit well with me later. There are a couple of books recommended in other threads that I found after we brought our puppy home and started to read but never finished, and I wish I would have read all of them earlier.

I completely agree about going on vacation and doing something fun! Such great advice!
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Start buying and gathering and setting up the stuff you're going to need when the baby arrives at home, along with reading. An ex-pen. Potty Tray stuff. Crate. Toys. Gates. Lots of things and rooms to prepare. Check on past links on setting up your home for a puppy.

Get prepared to being "in love", along with being an exhausted puppy mom for about five months or more.

Congrats!!
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It really is almost like having a newborn in the house. If you ever wanted to go on a cruise, now is the time. I can't imagine being on a big ship and wondering how my doggies are doing. LOL
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