Patience Needed For Havanese Training

by Fiona Kelly

The Havanese breed of small dogs is possibly one of the most fun breeds to train, provided the right approach is used. They are a playful animal and if training begins while they are puppies it can go quick and easy. Consider the puppy like a small child learning what the owner expects and despite a couple of Havanese problem behaviors is willing to learn and please their owner. However, time and patience can do wonders in its training.

While Havanese puppies love attention, they thoroughly enjoy being the center of attention and if performing some tricks for their owner provides that attention, then they are willing to learn them. They are highly intelligent animals and quick to remember simple commands such as sit, stay and down and with the correct reinforcement of commands are more than willing to go along with directions. Once the chain of command has been established, Havanese training should be quick and painless.

Just as people are not born with the natural ability to be a dog trainer, Havanese pups are not born to be obedient. Some of the Havanese problem behaviors are not necessarily because they want to be contrary, but because they do not know any better. Many Havanese pups are prone to have accidents and may be difficult to train, even when using a littler box. However, consistency and understanding can have them having fewer accidents over time.

Instead of using cat litter, which the small dog can eat, veterinarians and trainers recommend using the paper pellet litter to attract the puppy to use the litter box regularly. Not using the floor as a bathroom is simply a behavior that will need modified as this little pup also has a small bladder. It may be playing and simply forget until it is too late and by using positive reinforcement, its memory to use the box can be improved.

The Havanese breed may also be somewhat playful, almost teasing during training sessions and the owner will need to make sure the dog knows who is in charge. If the owner cannot be around to train the animal while they are pups, it could lead to the animal becoming lonely and bored.

When this happens they may expend their energy in destructive, yet playful ways. Owners can also help their new puppy work through Havanese problem behaviors by allowing them time to be puppies.

It will take time for the Havanese puppy to realize this one behavior is essential, probably because of their small bladder and inability to hold it for very long.

While the owner will need to express displeasure when the pup has an accident, they must also offer praise when they go in their litter box or outside on a scheduled walk.

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