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Are many of you training obedience, agility or some other dog sport with your havanese? It would be interesting and fun to hear about your experiences

I took a couple of obedience classes with Isak when he was younger. He did really well, but unfortunately it was difficult for me to continue taking classes (I won't bore you with the details). He was really motivated and It would have been fun to compete with him to see how far he could get. Now we're doing obedience exercises and tricks just for fun. He still loves it. Theo is not as into it as Isak, but he think it is fun anyway. I got Theo when he was three, while I had been training Isak since he was a puppy. I guess that explains the difference between them.

I believe that the havanese has a lot of potential. When I took classes with Isak, even instructors from other classes came to me and told me that they were impressed and they said they didn't know that "those breeds had it in them".
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-18-2007, 11:43 AM
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I do not have that offered here,but I know others on this forum do agility/rally etc.
They will see this I'm sure and "chat" with you about it.
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Dusty's breeder does Rally obedience with her dogs. We've just taken one obedience class with Dusty, but she was great and loved it. Amanda on this forum does a lot with her dogs and can tell you all about it I'm sure. I'd love to do more, but time's the issue right now!
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A lot of people in performance are always shocked at how much the havanese breed can not only learn (a lot of toy dogs can do this) but also have that willing to please attitude (which can make or break a dog! This is where my maltese becomes my pain in the training ring!). Dora is currently competing in rally and obedience and we are training in agility. She is 2 years old and has 3 Rally titles, working on her 4th and 5th titles (one more rally and her first obedience-she has 4/10 legs and 1/3 legs). We train all the time and she loves it. She still gets excited when we pull up to the training club. She is my novice A dog which means I started everything with her. We started out taking a puppy class almost 2 years ago because Dora wasn't walking correctly on a leash and we got most improved award and then the bug bit me. I had so much fun teaching her things and spending time with her. I signed up for the next class and then we got her CGC certificate and the rest is history. We train all the time now and learn new things together!

The show ring can stress them out a bit but you practice and get them used to it so they know what to expect when there is suddenly no cookies and no talking. This has probably been the biggest step because I didn't know what competition or dog shows would be like. My first show, some havanese friends just competed in the breed ring. I let Dora play and have fun- she was only a year. Then we had to go inside the show ring. Dora totally had no clue why some lady without a dog was following us around, why all her friends were outside the ring watching and not coming to play <BG> I learned a lot that day of what I wasnt prepared for!

I had my first real agiltiy run thru last weekend on saturday and my trainer said Dora would have Q'ed (qualified) so I am hopeful we will be competing in that venue soon too.

There are some very titles havanese out there especially for it being a new breed!

Good luck but I recommend everyone give it a try! Rally is a great introduciton too
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That is great, Amanda! Keep up the good work

Rally seems fun, but I don't know that much about it yet. I would be interesting to learn more. Are there any informative websites about rally?
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Elin,
There are a few venues that do rally but I only compete in AKC for now. Not enough of the other shows in my area to make it worth while to register.

I know Rally is really taking off in Canada too. Not sure if the signs match the AKC ones but it is a lot of fun and something you can train a lot for at home (unlike agility!)

http://www.akc.org/events/rally/index.cfm

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Sam and I are doing Rally O too. It is alot of fun, much more fun the the strict regular obedience. You can talk and encourage your dog through out the course. I'll have to have a look at the AKC signs to see if they are the same as the CKC. Rally just started this year in Canada and this past weekend 2 Havanese's got their first titles.

Just looked at the AKC signs and they are the same as the CKC.

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I know I will probably be having a lot of questions on this soon.

Monte’s obedience class starts tonight actually he stays home for first night more like mom starts tonight..
I have also requested a private evaluation with a trainer for Riley. When I first decided to get a Havanese I was thinking CGC/Therapy and then Riley came home. We started our obedience classes and I realized this little guy has way too much energy & excitement to pass the CGC. Riley is also not a lap dog so after talking to several people and his breeder we have decided to look into a sport that he can go all out in. We will see how his eval goes, I would really like to do agility or flyball but will take the trainers advice.

Monte is my lover and I think he would be a good therapy dog. We will see how he does with his obedience classes and then make a decision on what his job will be after that.

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We do rally o just for fun, agility and a lot of tricks... Banzei likes all of it! He likes to work and please :-)

I had some of these comments, too. First they look with pity at my furry, furry dog and then they can't close their mouth when they see that he's better than their working dog.... hehehehe...
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Monte might make a great therapy dog after he grows up a bit more and calms down. Dora has the certificates but we don't do it except the nursing homes where a group of people go. She doesn't really like all the one on one therapy stuff. She is fine if I have the maltese there but she doesnt understand all the strangers wanting to love all over her. She is 2 1/2 so I am thinking maybe when she gets older ,if not, that is okay too.

There is a great book I recommend for Obedience. It is like the obedience bible for small dogs.



(By the way, you can find it for about $25 other places!) It goes through all the competitive obedience things trainers teach you (most of which have big dogs!) and modifies them for you. I was just reading through it again today. My copy is all bent up and not looking good because I read it and use it quite often.

There are tons of things to try. I recommend taking classes at first because trainers and everyone who has a dog is a wealth of information!

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