Out and about
A few basic safety rules:
Do NOT use an extendable lead anywhere near traffic- terrible accidents have happened.
Do NOT let an unsupervised child walk the dog. Ever. They won't know what to do in case of an attempted theft or dog attack, or they may let the dog off the lead inappropriately, meaning well.
Do NOT leave your dog tied up outside a shop. It is absolute madness. If the dog can't come in, leave it at home.
When travelling by car, your dog should be restrained, just like a child would. You can use a harness with a travel seat or seat belt adapter, or you can use a travel crate.
Do not leave the dog the car in warm weather. It doesn't even need to be particularly hot for the temperatures inside of the car to endanger the dog.
In and around the home
Your Havanese puppy is lively, inquisitive and an accomplished escape artist. It is also vulnerable, and fully reliant on you as a responsible adult to keep it safe. Accidents may always happen, even if you are well prepared, but it's worth taking a few precautions to minimise the risks.
There are a number of things you can do to keep the puppy safe in and outside your home. Some are quite obvious, like removing small object and cables (and any items you wouldn't leave within the reach of a toddler) from the puppy's reach, and only leaving chew toys accessible. We find that it works best to have the puppy in a play pen (or crated) when not directly supervised. It helps with toilet training, as well as keeping the puppy out of harm's way.
It is useful to limit the puppy's living space to smaller areas initially, at least until you are satisfied that the puppy is adequately toilet and chew trained. You should consider fitting child gates and stair gates where appropriate. It is useful to have a barrier between the puppy's area and the front door- it will allow you to train the puppy to greet visitors appropriately and NOT escape through the door. This is particularly important if you live near a busy road.
When it comes to outside space, you need to consider various escape routes- check that your fencing is secure, and ensure that the entire family (and visitors) know to securely close any gates.
Supervise your puppy in the garden- injuries are not uncommon, and a third of all dogs that are stolen are taken from the garden.
Cover any ponds or water features. Sadly, stories of drowning puppies are all too common.
Finally, the Big Day is here, and you are collecting your new puppy.
You will need to set aside sufficient time for a 'handover', so that all important information can be explained fully.
You will receive a 'Puppy Pack' with all relevant papers, guides, contact numbers etc, as well as a starter pack with essential supplies that will help your puppy transition to life without his Mummy and siblings.
You and your family will be naturally very excited over the arrival of your new Havanese puppy.
But please, take into account that this little baby has just been taken away from its mother, siblings, and everything in has ever known in its young life.
GIVE THE PUPPY TIME TO SETTLE IN.
Please DO NOT invite all your family and friends to meet the new puppy straight away.
We would suggest giving the puppy two or three days with just your household, and then maybe inviting family and friends in small groups, gradually increasing numbers over a matter of a few weeks.
We DO want your puppy to be socialised, and to be used to large gatherings, just do it gently.
Young puppies need lots of rest. If you have children, please set some boundaries. This also applies to overly excited visiting children, who have come to see the puppy. For every 20 minutes play, the puppy should have 40 minutes rest. The puppy should NOT be disturbed once it's asleep.
There are lists of plants that are toxic to dogs.
The dogs in the garden website provides a lot of useful information on how to keep your puppy safe in your garden.
Your puppy will need to travel to its new home properly secured in your car. We will not allow a puppy leave here roaming free in the car, nor just held on someone's lap. You wouldn't do it with a baby, and the safety concerns are just the same with a puppy.
You may transport your puppy in a transport crate, in a car seat with a secure harness, or wearing a harness with a seat belt attachment. We strongly suggest a transport crate for the journey home, in case the puppy is unsettled and 'fidgets'.
AVIDOG have an excellent free guide to driving or flying home with your puppy. If you visit their website and register, you may then download the e-book on travelling with your puppy. We have listed the links to the right of this section.
Please note that currently it is not possible to leave the UK by plane with a puppy in the cabin, with the exception of a very few airlines, such as FinnAir. Please check with the relevant airline well in advance to avoid disappointment.