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What a great little site... havanese and photography! I came across it from the link on the havanese big list with the polar bear pictures! Those are gorgeous Melissa! What a dream vacation. My husband does a bit of photography and he has always wanted to do that!

This year, I decided to really play with digital canon rebel. I still have A LOT to learn! I kind of think of photography is like golf. Just when you think you have it down, you totally mess up and have a lot to learn! I had 2 of my photos chosen for the HEART photo art calendar this year. Carolyn made my photo tries gorgeous! It is really hard to capture the moment perfectly though. Especially when you have a havanese bouncing around! So I hope to learn some good tips here!

About me (for those of you who don't know!) I have one Havanese Dora who turns 2 in January. I also have a 4 year old maltese Isabelle. They are my team mates in the rally and obedience ring and we are currently training in agility. We live in Columbus, OH.

I am also involved with Havanese Rescue. Our first foster little boy came to live with us and went to a great family near by!

Always interested in more Havanese info!
Amanda Brown
 

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Whoops I just saw this. Its taken me a while to get back with reality.
If you have any questions about photography, you can ask me. Ill TRY to answer. I agree its like Golf. And you get the same rush. When you take a great shot, its the same as hitting that same drive!

Im so glad you are invloved in Rescue. I would like to be, Im just not in a situation where I can take in a dog. Trust me I have taken in a few, hehe.
We are about to sell our house so cant abuse it too much.

I admire you for doing obedience and agility, that takes a lot of dedication.
I have seen you post on the big list, welcome to the forum.
 

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Welcome to the forum Amanda! I'm sure we will all enjoy seeing your photos.
What is the "big list"?

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Newbie here too :)

Hello Everyone, as of last Friday we officially received our puppy package in the mail with a copy of the signed contract from our Havanese breeder. We are very excited and look forward to picking up our new family member in mid-January. I read everything cover to cover, in one afternoon - that's how excited I was!!! I have been lurking for the last little while on this really helpful forum for havanese owners, and now that it is official for our family I figured I let out a BIG hello to all of you.

One question I do have is how big of a crate should I purchase before I pick up our pup. I have been to pet smart and they have small, med and large and so on. The small says its for dogs under 10 lbs, but in my puppy package there was some info from a website (not by my breeder), that made suggestions of supplies to have before the puppy comes home. In this case it said for a dog under 20lbs. So for those of you with adult Havanese what is your suggestion for crate size? I really would like to invest in the right sized for our pet. By the time the puppy comes home, he would have been introduced to crate training and I personally would like to continue the crate training. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)

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Welcome !! When I got my first havanese, I got the medium size crate & put a barrier up to make is smaller for when they were puppies - if you leave it big when they are very small, they will sleep one side, & use the other side for potty, and you certainly dont want that. My third is coming this January also and I did buy a very small crate for him for the bedroom. He will eventually outgrow it and then go into a larger one - then I can just donate it to the local rescue groups.
 

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Thanks Laurie for your reply. I guess I can always buy a small one and then donate it to a rescue center. I like that idea .... LOTS..:) This is such an exciting time in our lives, my son is ecstatic! For me personally it has been so long since I had a dog in my life - 10 yrs actually. It was a gratifying experience and I know that my children and husband will love it too. It will be their first experience. ;) I look forward to being part of this wonderful community!
 

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Target sells a small crate for about half the price of the ones at Petsmart. At about 6 or 8 months the pup will be ready for a larger one and then it would be worth it to get a good one. It's better to have small one to start with so that he has enough room to stretch out and sleep comfortably but not enough room for him to potty and be able to get away from it. They naturally have the instinct to not to want to soil their bed so you can use this to help with the training. The one from Target is even a bit too long and when we send those home with new puppies we recommend that a pillow or something be stuffed in the back end to take up a bit of the length. I think it's around $23. We use the 200 Vari-kennels for adults but they're pretty big for a pup.
 

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I GOT A SMALL crate with a bed in it for $25.95 thru petedge.com they have some great prices. Since I was ordering a few other things the shipping was not bad at all. I get all my poop clean up bags, chew toys, etc from there. you should check it out.
 

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Thank you Tom and Laurie for all your helpful suggestions. I am going to check out the website. Unfortunately for me, There is no Target where I am here. Actually I am not sure we even have one in Ontario. I hear its a great place to get great prices.... I guess when it comes to those great american stores we Canadians have to wait a bit. :( Patience really is a virtue.... Hey, maybe Wal-mart might carry them.... Let me go to the website suggested first and check it out. Thank you all again!!:)
 

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I love PetEdge!
Another thing to consider getting, I forgot about this in the other thread, is a Sherpa Bag. I use mine all the time. Its a softsided carrier, and its approved for Airplanes. Its very convienant if you are taking them to a friends house or anywhere outside of the home. When in the car, my guys ride in wire crates just for safety.
 

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Thanks for recommending PetEdge, they have so many supplies its great!!! I will look into how much it will cost for shipping to Canada. The grooming products sound great :)
 

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I am also a new havanese puppy mom! I need help!!

Our family welcomed our first pet into our home 10 days ago. She is a super cute black and white Havanese puppy named Lucy. We LOVE her. She's learning the potty training quite well, the crate training is going quite well, BUT!!!! Help me with the biting! My kids are getting really scared of her because her "nipping" is really intense. She bites at our ankles and grabs onto our pants and growls and of course chews on fingers and toes whenever she can. I've tried the sweet but stearn "no" and giving her a chew toy but with no luck. I've tried a more mean NO! but that makes her really scarey mad. Some folks have told me to flick her in the nose but I don't want to do that. HELP!!! I'll take any advice..Thanks
 

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This stage won't last long. Have a toy handy to divert the attention away from whatever she's biting. Sounds like you have an Alpha there. The teeth are sharp at this stage too. We never yell at or hit a puppy. Just divert the attention to something else. If they get too wound up just put her back in the expen. It's probably hard with kids too as they sometimes tend to get puppies wound up more.
 

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Our family welcomed our first pet into our home 10 days ago. She is a super cute black and white Havanese puppy named Lucy. We LOVE her. She's learning the potty training quite well, the crate training is going quite well, BUT!!!! Help me with the biting! My kids are getting really scared of her because her "nipping" is really intense. She bites at our ankles and grabs onto our pants and growls and of course chews on fingers and toes whenever she can. I've tried the sweet but stearn "no" and giving her a chew toy but with no luck. I've tried a more mean NO! but that makes her really scarey mad. Some folks have told me to flick her in the nose but I don't want to do that. HELP!!! I'll take any advice..Thanks
That is just the puppy play like Tom says. Something that all puppies go through, especially with kids. They seem to really get excited wanting to play when they at a young age.

My little boy Derian who is going on 10 weeks wants to do the same routine of nipping at your hands and latching on to your pants legs wanting to play tug-of-war or if a person has shoe laces on their shoes, He loves to untie the shoes.:)

What I do is give a low stern "No" as I am making eye contact and kind of give a very slight nudge with my hand by his front shoulders or gently place my hand on his muzzle and calmly say "no". Soon as I do this, I do the same thing Tom suggest by redirecting his attention to a little toy that squeaks that he loves to play with.
 
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