Things you wish you knew before getting your havanese. - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
 157Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 03:30 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Nirzhar Kar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 33
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
Things you wish you knew before getting your havanese.

What are some things you learned throughout the years that you wish you knew when you got your havanese? Could be any general things like temperament/personality To anything with training or raising them. Basicallly tips for the new owner or people thinking about getting a havanese.
smemft likes this.
Nirzhar Kar is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 05:17 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 111
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 4 Times in 4 Posts
I previously did not have a Havanese. What i discovered over time that they can be overly dependent sometimes. They are people oriented and do not like to be left alone for long periods of time. I love how Sammy will follow me around and how it always wants to lie on my laps. He's great with everyone but can be a bit conservative with strangers. I would love to hear of other people's experiences.
Annabellam is offline  
post #3 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 06:26 AM
Senior Member
 
boomana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: S. Florida
Posts: 1,404
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 36 Times in 36 Posts
Crate train immediately, and practice leaving your dog alone for short periods, starting with a couple minutes, from Day 1.
Also start brushing and combing your dog from the first day whether they need it or not. Not breed specific, but a tip I wish I remembered a little more often: if you use commercial poo bags on walks, get them open BEFORE you leave the house.....especially if it's dark....or raining...or you're in a hurry....or if you have more than one dog with you, barking, while you take friggen forever to get one open when they're ready to move on, and you end up dropping your phone you were using as a flashlight in the poo, and still can't get the stupid bag open............ just sayin'
Sheri, krandall, Kirby and 18 others like this.

boomana is offline  
The Following User Nominates boomana Great Photo:
newbie17 (02-25-2017)
 
post #4 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 08:12 AM
Metrowest, MA
 
krandall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 20,801
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 208 Times in 207 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by boomana View Post
Crate train immediately, and practice leaving your dog alone for short periods, starting with a couple minutes, from Day 1.
Also start brushing and combing your dog from the first day whether they need it or not. Not breed specific, but a tip I wish I remembered a little more often: if you use commercial poo bags on walks, get them open BEFORE you leave the house.....especially if it's dark....or raining...or you're in a hurry....or if you have more than one dog with you, barking, while you take friggen forever to get one open when they're ready to move on, and you end up dropping your phone you were using as a flashlight in the poo, and still can't get the stupid bag open............ just sayin'
This definitely sounds like experience talking!!!
Heather Glen, boomana and April R like this.


Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
(ARCHMX Starborn Kodak Moment BN, PCD, NA, NAJ, CDX-CCH, RE, RL1X3, RL2X4, RL3X3...
plus Starborn's Picture Perfect & Nauti Herd Compact Flash CGC)






krandall is online now  
post #5 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 08:20 AM
Metrowest, MA
 
krandall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 20,801
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 208 Times in 207 Posts
I think I was pretty prepared when I got Kodi. But the one thing I would have done differently (and HAVE with my girls) would have been to foster more independence. Not that I don't want a love bug of a dog... I adore that about him. But I inadvertently allowed him to become a demand barker, which can be annoying. I also "helped" him too often, and taught him not to try for himself. For instance, he won't jump up on the bed if we are with home, even though we KNOW he can and does when he's playing. Another example is, if a toy slides under a piece of furniture, the girls will try REALLY HARD to get it out on their own, often succeeding. Kodi just stands there and barks, expecting me to fish it out for him. It's my fault, because as my "first born", I spoiled him rotten... every wish was my command. He never learned frustration tolerance or had to problem solve for himself. (Other than in a training setting)


Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
(ARCHMX Starborn Kodak Moment BN, PCD, NA, NAJ, CDX-CCH, RE, RL1X3, RL2X4, RL3X3...
plus Starborn's Picture Perfect & Nauti Herd Compact Flash CGC)






krandall is online now  
post #6 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 09:41 AM
Arf! Arf!
 
Ricky Ricardo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Southern California & Baja California
Posts: 1,348
Submit Photo: 3
Photo Submissions 24 Times in 24 Posts
Momi and I have talked about 'what we wish we knew before Ricky came to live with us.' The most important thing is, we had no idea how dependent WE would become on him and how WE suffer from separation anxiety when he is not with us.

Ricky's Popi

Tigerlily's Welcome to the Jungle (Ricky Ricardo) (AKC titles) CGC, BN

Ricky Ricardo is offline  
The Following User Nominates Ricky Ricardo Great Photo:
Jonisj (01-21-2017)
post #7 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 12:20 PM
Senior Member
 
Cassandra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Posts: 200
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 10 Times in 10 Posts
One thing I knew from my research, but didn't truly "know" is that Havanese were bred to be companion dogs and that is what they want to be. You can do various things to avoid problems like separation anxiety ( lots of good tips on the forum) but deep down, they want to be with their humans. I had Shelties and Golden retrievers and my family has had generations of dachshunds as well as beagles but none had anything like this "companionship" goal of a Havanese.

I wouldn't describe it as "needy" but a deep desire to be around you, which I didn't encounter in other breeds, who all liked their people, but went off more frequently to do their dog things.

The other surprise was grooming..again, my research told me Havanese needed lots of grooming, but had no idea that this really requires daily combing, even with short cut, to avoid those little mats from growing. It is getting a liitle better but if I don't keep at it, they sneak back. On the other hand, no shedding compared to my shelties and golden.

If you are never home or work 12 hours a day somewhere else, even with a dog walker etc, this is not the best breed. I worked long hours with other dogs, with kids or housekeeper or dog walker to breakup the dogs' daytimes, and never worried but I can not imagine Cassie thriving with that kind of life.
Cassandra is offline  
The Following User Nominates Cassandra Great Photo:
newbie17 (02-25-2017)
post #8 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 01:18 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 22
Submit Photo: 15
Photo Submissions 3 Times in 3 Posts
I don't have anything to add. But considering I am couple of months away from getting one, this is so useful for me. Thanks to OP and all posters

a Havanese Wanna Be...
Tweety is offline  
post #9 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 06:48 PM
LINDA
 
lfung5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: PA
Posts: 6,496
Submit Photo: 3
Photo Submissions 34 Times in 31 Posts
I wish I knew about titer testing before I got my guys. I learned about it early on but I wish I knew earlier because my guys got some unnecessary vaccines....
Sheri and smemft like this.





lfung5 is offline  
post #10 of 65 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 08:02 PM
Jacqueline
 
sprorchid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 1,079
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 13 Times in 13 Posts
I knew they were smart before I got the pup. But they are REALLY smart, which to me, translated to more difficult to potty train, and harder to train with tricks. It's more like my Ollie trained me, on which treats he would work for. To me smart dogs have more personality, which I like. He is independent around the house, but out and about he is a true velcro dog, and would prefer to be with me all the time if he can, but not in my lap, just near enough to keep an eye on me.

Yes, separation anxiety can be an issue, but I do have another dog, so he isn't alone. when he comes to school with me, he does better with another heart beat, if I have a meeting, I will leave him in a classroom (with students), or with a colleague in my hallway. He is still not happy, but if I leave him ALL alone, then he becomes incontinent and is VERY upset when I return, about 30 minutes is his max. as a pup it was like 2 minutes, and he would vomit as well.

I will always have a havanese in my life, and yes, I am more attached to my half hav than he is to me, pretty sure about that.
Heather Glen likes this.
sprorchid is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome