This is a must have for all dog owners. When you can't be there watching your new puppy, he/she should be placed in here for his/her own safety and your peace of mind. If left alone, he/she will learn bad habits that are both hard to break and annoying. For instance, puppies will learn to run behind the couch and go potty if you aren't watching, or chew on paper, plastic, books, cords, shoes or anything he/she can pick up! So when you aren't specifically playing with your puppy, place him/her in the pen. He/she may whine at first, but will quickly get used to it and call it his special place!
Puppies like the extra small and small Kong plush toys as well as the extra small balls. I suggest getting more than one because they are small and may get lost. They also like the stuffing free toys that they can tug on.
Your puppy will need things to chew on. They need to be given choices of chews and you should encourage him/her to chew to keep teeth clean. My dogs and puppies have access to Himalayan chews, bully sticks, cheek chips (not to be confused with rawhide. Rawhide should never be given.), baked knee cap as well as an occasional appropriate raw bone. When feeding the knee cap, I would suggest removing some of the outside by rubbing it with your hand. It might be too greasy for a young pup. With these chews, throw them out when they are small enough to be considered choke-able.
Grooming is an important part of owning a Havanese. I would suggest that you purchase 2 combs--an Andis 7.5 inch and a small metal one to gently clean by his eyes. I use a cat nail clippers (don't tell the dog) because they are small and easy to use. You will also need shampoo plus a gentle shampoo to use by the eyes. Having a grooming table is very convenient. Your puppy will get used to standing still for combing easier with one.
Here is what we do: Only Natural Pet tags. These tags easily attach to your dog's collar and work with the animal's natural energy field to create a barrier from insects. Give garlic every day. We use Springtime granulated garlic (not the stuff we eat). There is info out there that garlic is toxic. That is only when given in huge amounts. See this article for more info: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/garlic-for-dogs-poison-or-medicine/
I brush my dogs teeth 3-4 times a week. It only takes a minute and they do get used to it. Small dogs can get tartar and plaque build up so this will definitely help if you are consistent. I use a small child’s toothbrush and rotate between using this gel and using coconut oil with baking soda. The dental chews I give are Whimzees. These shouldn't be used until 6 months.
I am a member of Natural Rearing Breeder Connection. The late Dr. Jeannie Thomason has been a huge inspiration to many and her paving the way for others to follow natural rearing for raising their dogs is the catalyst of this group. This site is a place for breeders and buyers to have the ability to find one another. There is also referrals and resources to help dog owners find natural modalities for their pet. Tap the member badge to go to the site.
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