But what is YOUR Responsibility in Buying and Owning a Havanese
- Choose the breed that is best for your family, home and needs. Investigate thoroughly before selecting a puppy. Avoid impulse buying or breed selection based on size, price, colour or location. Be fully aware of the grooming needs of your puppy before committing to a Havanese.
- Choose a breeder who is experienced and knowledgeable of the breed, as well as knowledgeable about and committed to the effective rearing, socialisation and training of puppies. The breeder should be available to each buyer throughout the puppy’s life for advice and support.
- Be honest with the breeder about your dog experience, your lifestyle, your family and your expectations of a new puppy. Trust the breeder to choose the best puppy for your needs.
- Buy a puppy when you have the time, money and commitment to spend the next 2+ years raising, training and socialising the puppy. Attend quality puppy classes and other training classes; consult your breeder and other experts if problems arise.
- Follow through with your promises to the breeder in respect to health checks, training, desexing etc.
- Understand the importance of the various critical learning periods and the impact you can make in each one to maximize the potential of your puppy. Your breeder can advise you on books that will assist you with this and should also provide you with reading material within the Puppy Pack you get with your puppy. Learn as much as you can about the breed and the dog activities that are available or that you are interested in.
Once you get a puppy only YOU can make that puppy into the best it can be, even if simply a wonderful companion for years to come.
Taken from “another piece of the puzzle: Puppy Development” Pat Hastings and Erin Ann Rouse