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Hi all! I am new to the Hav Forum. I just made the decision to adopt a new Hav Puppy. He was born on 12-1-06. It will be several weeks until he comes home but I am so excited. His name is Dallas.

Couple of questions as a new puppy parent

Are there any things that I should purchase before his arrival other than the things listed on the breeder's sheet (crate, food, water, toy, etc.)

any tips?

I am also considering enrolling my pup in day care - I work during the day and I don't want to leave him alone for too long. The day care will also help in crate potty and obedience training. Is this service worth it or is it better to have someone come by maybe at lunch at allow him to stay at home?

Any advice and tips is greatly appreciated.

thanks.

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Ollie just turned 5 months - my first havanese - what a joy!!

I work out of the home 4 days a week. I beleive you will find a reputable day care will not take a puppy until ALL shots are completed including rabies - so not till 4 months. I crate trained Ollie and he has someone come into the house 2x on Monday - 1/2 hour each time - Tues my mom spends about an hour with him mid day wed someone comes in once as i work from home half day -Thursday mom again and friday someone comes in - He NEVER has had a problem in his crate and is such a well adjusted puppy and so very well behaved except for the puppy chewing! I must admit that I started my in his carry crate at nite on my bed but now he is all snuggled in right beside me and the sleeping crate is in the garage.....FYI his regular crate is in kitchen/family room and when he gets tired he goes into it on his own when the door is open to sleep - too cute!

Congrates on your choice!!

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Also be sure to check the day care out thoroughly. We looked at one in our area and it is all sizes of dogs playing together. This may be fine if the dogs are fully socialized, monitored, trained etc. Unfortunetly, not all of the run as smoothly and sometimes people just drop their dogs off while on vacation, etc. Immediately, I noticed there were hardly any little dogs let alone any in the 5-10lb range that both my girls are in. We found a neighborhood college kid who lives with her parents who will let the girls out when she comes home from lunch and she charges us $5 a day! I use her on days that we know we will be gone for more than 5 hours. Now that both of my girls are older and fully house broken, I leave a crate out but they don't use it (except when they are hiding a bone or toy from each other). Just make sure you trust the facility or the person!

Good luck,
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home aloe

I'm really lucky, or maybe I should say, Kodi is a lucky dog. I own my own business, so when the need arises, comes to work with me. Other days, he stays home with Grandma. I also only work about 5 hrs/day. When I'mdone, we go to the dog park and play, or just toss the frisbee around in the yard. Day care is a good alternative. We have quite a few near my home, as well as people who do doggie day care in their homes. They will only take a small number of dogs at a time, which might be better with a tiny puppy. Good luck and you have made a terrific choice in dogs.
 

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Congrats on your new puppy!!!!
I agree on the Daycare, just go observe what goes on for a while. I wouldnt leave the new puppy there right away either. I would have someone come over, or take a day or two off of work. It will be an adjustment coming home all together.

I would consider the washable potty pads, I LOVE them. And an expen, for when you need him in a confined area. Havs LOVE the toys, my guys cant get enough.

Good Luck and we will be here to help!!!!
 

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Thanks all for the info, I appreciate it. I am planning to take a few days off to help Dallas get adjusted. I may look for someone local who can come by and walk him or puppy sit in their home. The day care I am considering has a puppy nursery as well as seperate large and small dog areas.

About how long does it take a pup to adjust to his new home environment? Are there any special things I can do to make it easier. I've read about a blanket with his mom/litters scent.

Also, I've seen some pics where Havs coats are really wavy and others that are more curly. Is that genetics or is there a way to help it grow in wavy?
 
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Genetics do control coat type. The correct coat is silky, and slightly wavy. A healthy diet is important too!!

Having a blanket or toy with the mother and littermates scents can help with the transition. Also, leaving a light on and keeping their crate close to you. If you have a chair with arms you can put the puppy's crate on a chair next to the bed. You can also try a Sherpa bag in the bed. That way the puppy can see you and you can reach your hand in and comfort them if necessary.
 
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