Picnic Photos & Details

The picnic date took place on August 19, 2017 from 12pm to 5pm at Yvonne's place in Brighton. Check out the details here. Photos from the 2017 picnic can be found here. 

Grooming 101

Want to see how I get a smooth coat and what equipment I use? I am continually learning and perfecting but I created this video Windows version) and for you Mac apple folks - here's a conversion. - not a professional one, to help you get a head start and perfect your own skill. Got questions? Ask away.

Want to know how to create a bathing machine that will save you time, product and wash your dog better than ever before? Check out Dick and Irma's instructions on how to create your own machine for a fraction of the cost.

Certified Pet First Aid

Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid is a recognized National Pet First Aid Certificate course for dog and cat professionals and pet owners. Talemaker Havanese now has that certificate having taken and passed the course.

Woofstock 2018

Meet us at Woofstock. Dogs are welcomed. We meet at the restaurant across the street from Woodbine park. Here is the location. Meet up happens on May 28, 2016 at 9:30 to 945am. Rain date is the next day. Look forward to seeing your havanese there and the humans too! Don't have your havanese yet? Well join us anyway!

Our Magazine


Havanese Breed Magazine's 37th issue is available in an electronic version. After numerous requests, a new printed version is also now available. Click here

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Fiona & Abigail EatingBetter Quality Equals Less Mess

To get your dawg the healthiest he can be, consider feeding him a high quality natural dog food that is typically found at a specialty pet store.

Because these foods have less preservatives and fillers, your pet will excrete less waste. That makes clean-up quicker and easier. Your canine will enjoy a healthier, more nutritious diet and you have less mess to deal with!

To find out where your food rates, check these reviews out.

Here are some signs your dog is thriving on well-balanced, nutritious dog food:

1. A shiny coat and healthy skin If your dog has a dull, dry and brittle coat with flaking skin, diet could be to blame. Stress can also be a factor. Look for omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in dog food. Your pet needs these essential fats. Flaky skin could be a sign of a zinc deficiency, a problem with home-cooked diets. Consider adding a bit of wild salmon oil.

2. If your dawg poops more than twice a day, that’s an indication your dawgs food might not contain enough protein in forms it can use.

3. A resilient immune system Vitamin E and antioxidants will help your dog stave off illness, building its immune system. Research has found that a diet rich in antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, improves immune system responses. This is particularly important as your dog ages, since a dog’s ability to fight illnesses weakens as it grows older.

4. Vitamin D makes for strong bones in your dawg, just as they do for you. Dawg owners who simply feed their dawg meat, rather than a well-balanced food, run the risk of their pet suffering soft bones, resulting in fractures, experts say. A well-balanced dawg food will include all such essential nutrients.

5. Your dog’s teeth should be strong and white, with healthy, pink gums covering the roots. If you notice a reddening of the gums, a buildup of tartar on the teeth or bad breath, it can indicate dental problems. Some dry foods and dog treats are designed to slow the progress of dental disease, so look for products that specifically mention dental care or tartar-fighting properties. You should be brushing daily or using a product that helps reduce tartar.

6. Great figures aren’t just for movie stars. Your dog should maintain good muscle tone. Obese dogs have lost the tucked up appearance just after the ribcage, when viewed from the side. You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs but not see them. If your dog is eating a lot but looks too thin, you’re probably not feeding a high-quality dog food.

7. A well-balanced, complete dog food will include protein, calcium, amino acids, fatty acids, potassium and sodium to promote heart health.

Start looking at that label.

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