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Nanu Nanu

Well my wife and I are excited to announce we will be joining the Havanese owners rank and file with our new puppy in two weeks time. My wife has a tradition of using Robin Williams and his characters as inspiration for naming her dogs thus "Nanu Nanu." From what I have learned these little dogs they can be quite the comics. We hope that's what we will end up with cause we could sure use some laughs.
We have been dog owners for ages but for the first time in many years we don't have one. We just had to put down our 14 year old Boston Terrorist. We miss him!
My question for the forum is there anything in particular to the first weeks and months ownership of a Havanese we ought to be aware of? Are there any special needs?

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I am so sorry about the recent loss of your Boston Terrier. I previously had a Bichon and I think the biggest surprise for me with my Havanese was grooming. It takes a lot more combing, brushing, and bathing to keep her coat mat free than I expected. Get your puppy used to being combed and brushed from the start and it will make your life easier down the road.
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We plan on keeping him in a puppy cut. How much grooming should we expect to do then?
Also some folks discourage using a slicker brush. What do you recommend?
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We plan on keeping him in a puppy cut. How much grooming should we expect to do then?
Also some folks discourage using a slicker brush. What do you recommend?
Mine has been kept in a puppy cut also. She gets a full grooming every six weeks at the groomer and I bathe her in between. Your number one grooming tool should be a comb so you can get right down to the skin. If you just brush you will miss the tiny mats near the skin and end up with a real mess on your hands. I have many different types of grooming tools that I use at different times. I have a slicker brush and pin brushes with both metal and wooden tips. My girl is small so I use a feet and face comb a lot, even on her body. I also use a staggered tooth comb which is larger. Many Havanese owners love the buttercombs but it was a little large for my girl. Even with a puppy cut you will need to comb and brush on a weekly basis. Some coats mat easier than others. On my girl, her white fur is more cottony and easier to mat than her black fur. When your puppy blows coat you will need to comb multiple times per day! Getting your puppy used to this grooming at a young age will help. Keep the sessions short at first and give treats! They should be able to stand for you to do this as well as lying down. A wiggly puppy may easiest be groomed in your lap at first.
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Welcome Nanu Nanu & Family
For the first few weeks, keep an eye on him, place him into the ex-pen when you can not, the pup will get into everything.
Make sure he gets a lot of naps, and keep him on a routine.
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Thank you folks. I'm getting great information from you! We've ordered a butter brush and we have a pen on the way as well.
We're also looking around for a local kindergarten. I want to get off to the best start possible. We'll all be happier.
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Very sorry to hear about your Boston Terrier.

Welcome to the forum! I love your dog's name! Before opening the thread, I pointed to the subject line and asked DH, "Do you think someone named their dog Mork?"

I wish Shama and Molly could get together . . . We also use a face comb for the whole body!

Post 25 in the following thread shows a great grooming table:

https://www.havaneseforum.com/6-gene...-bugger-3.html

Here's Shama's Pupperton pen:

https://www.havaneseforum.com/8-pupp...er-ex-pen.html

Great resources:

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

Great toy:

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

Ask any question, and people will try to help you. (I use Google to search the forum; I don't use the forum search feature.)

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Welcome Nanu family! I'm very sorry to hear that you recently lost your Boston Terrier.
You can expect to do brushing and combing daily.😊 A puppy cut will really helps. I use a slicker brush daily. Chris Christensen's butter combs are the best! I second everything Molly mentioned. I really like the face and feet comb too. My two get groomed every four weeks. Sometimes they need a bath in between. I would buy a grooming table. The puppy will need to learn to stand for the groomer. Looking forward to lot's of Nanu pictures!

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The way our little one turns out will not suffer from a lack of really good information! I'm grateful for this resources, thank you again!
I do need some more advice this time a lot more personal. I wonder if my wife and I are making a good decision in getting a puppy at all. The breeder has met us. She happens to be a Veterinarian. We have had a chance to meet her and visit her kennel. We had a great time. We met the puppies their parents. It was just beautiful!
My wife suffers from migraines almost daily. I have mobility issues related to a neurological conditions. We are both retired and stay home almost all tgeLike I said the breeder has met us and has reasured me when a we asked if getting a puppy was wise. She said we would be just fine. But still I have doubts and need to run this by the forum. Is it a good idea for us to take take this on?
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We do happen to have a grooming table. I've owned Shih Tzu's, Westies and Cavaliers but this will be my first Havanese. I will get my puppy familiar with the table but someone else is going to do the bulk of the grooming this time around 😊
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