Training Problems With Havanese

by Fiona Kelly

When bringing a fun-loving puppy into the household many people do not understand that the dog was not born knowing right from wrong. Additionally, what may be acceptable behavior in one household may not be welcome in another environment. As the new Havanese is brought into a home it needs to understand what behaviors will please its owner as well as what behaviors will place it at the center of attention. Once it understands what makes the owner happy, it will begin to repeat the behavior.

The new puppy is not going to know what is expected of it and Havanese training may seem a little exasperating at times. Although fiercely loyal to their human families, Havanese puppies also have a loyalty to be fun-loving and mischievous. They may want to play instead of learn a new behavior, but patience and guidance will put them back on the right learning track.

How the owner goes about teaching the dog new behaviors will determine their success. Havanese training requires a lot of patience and consistency as well as an established schedule. If a person is unable or unwilling to devote the necessary time to teach their dog obedience training as well as some basic rules of the house, they may want to consider outside help for obedience. Rules of the home, on the other hand, will have to be discussed between the dog and the owner.

Positive reinforcement is the best method of training these toy dogs as they are willing to please their owners. When the owner reacts positively with praise, the animal is more likely to respond willingly to the commands. The Havanese is a smart breed and they can quickly detect the words as well as the tone in their owner’s voice. Most veterinarians do not recommend dog treats for rewards as they can be overused, causing the animal to gain weight.

Overall, the Havanese can be a loyal and fun companion. Their playful spirit is delightful for all ages and they typically get along well with children. These toy dogs are small enough not to be intimidating to younger family members, but their heart is so large as to not be intimidate by strangers.

However, they are quickly appeased in the presence to a new person or animal in the house and once they have been properly introduced, they will try to form a bond.

Their ability to learn through positive feedback makes Havanese training easier than many other breeds and once they understand what their owners have in mind, they are usually more than willing to comply.

It takes time and patience to train a young Havanese but the effort is worth it once the animal begins to display their affection for all members in the household.

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