Preparing to Bring Home a Dog: Helpful Hints for a New Puppy Buyerby Mary Fincher on 02/17/23
So, you finally decided to get that purebred Havanese you've
always wanted to have! What an exciting time! Not only that you're about to
make your household livelier with your new puppy, but you're also embarking on
an exciting journey with your new family member.
But before you get too excited, a few things need to be done to ensure your pup's transition into its new home is as seamless as possible. Here are our tips to help you prepare and get off on the right paw.
More Safety Tips
Do not let your puppy climb the stairs either, as they could stumble and fall down. Once your puppy is about 6-10 months old, their legs and knees are stronger and will learn how to walk up and down stairs and get off furniture.
Moreover, don’t run or chase your puppy and have them come to you instead. Call their name once, and when they come, highly reward them. If chased they will think it’s a game, and this could lead to an unfavorable behavior.
Using Leashes and Collars
Remember that puppies, such as a Havanese, don’t have regular dog fur. They have a double coat, with the undercoat keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the cold. This coat will start matting when the second coat comes in around 10 to 12 months of age, so regular brushing and grooming is important. Keep in mind it is important not to shave dogs with double coats, but your dog’s hair can be cut short.
Your puppy can be bathed as much as once a week, but it is recommended to do it every 2 weeks, unless they get really dirty.
Remember the more they get used to be groomed as a puppy, the easier it is for you when they are grown.
Aside from dog food, you could also have treats on hand to reward your pup's good behavior.
Feeding Your Pup
Remember, when it comes to feeding a puppy, less is more. If you’re giving them good-quality dog food, then your puppy doesn’t need as much. You can start by giving them 1/8 cup per feeding. As they grow, you can gradually increase it to ¼ cup. To give you an idea, I feed my adult dogs 1/3 cup twice a day.
Moreover, do not change food brands or feed different types of food. Your puppy will get the idea to wait on something different and may become a picky eater.
Once you bring them home, establish a routine and start by introducing them to their designated bathroom spot outside or on puppy pads inside. Then, praise and reward your pup when they use the right spot, and don't forget to be patient—it won't happen overnight!
As for Havanese puppies, they’re very easy to potty train as long as you are consistent. Some even learn to ring a bell before going out.
At the beginning, you’ll need to take your puppy to the potty area often (every two hours), which can be after they eat and wake up. However, don’t feed them 2 hours before bed and 1 hour before bed for water. Remember that this breed loves paper (especially as a puppy) so take caution on paper training. You could use washable pads for this purpose.
If you have to take your puppy out to potty, you can also use an outdoor exercise pen. Even if you have a fence around your yard, this pen makes outdoor potty training easier, as you don’t have to go all over the place to try and find where they pooped.
Most importantly, please do not use electric fences, they can be extremely dangerous especially to little dogs!
• Learn how to teach a dog to sleep at night.
You can have your pup sleep in his crate in your room, so they’ll hear you and will know they’re not alone. If you have a stool or chair next to your bed, it would be best to put the crate on it.
Puppies would also cry if they think they’re alone, and if this happens, you can tell them they’re okay and place your hand in front of the crate. If they wake up in the middle of the night and will not settle, take them to the potty area. Be sure to put them back to bed right after he goes potty (no food, treats or playing). Remember—don’t leave them for long periods outside, the more they’ll likely cry.
You can start training your puppy as soon as you get them home. However, they’ll need to get their vaccines first, as they’ll be with other dogs during their sessions.
Recommendations on Vaccines and Flea and Tick Preventions
Vaccinations are always recommended for dogs, but it’s also important to remember that some pups might have some allergic reactions to certain vaccines.
With the Havanese breed, we have found the Leptospirosis vaccine to be the one that’s most likely to cause a reaction. This is an optional vaccine to protect your dog from a virus they get out of drinking standing outside water where other wild animals go. If you choose to have them receive this vaccine, just be sure they are of the right age. And, always remember to consult your veterinarian on all vaccines.
Living with a Havanese or any other puppy can be fun and rewarding, but only if you are prepared. So, take some time and follow these tips to ensure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.
I hope this guide helps, and please, you are welcome to contact me with any questions you may have. I also recommend you talking with your veterinarian with any concerns.
Good luck on this wonderful journey!