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An update on my problem pup!

So, I can not find my original post but to sum up I was having real trouble with my havanese rescue of over a year. I have since changed his whole routine. He now sleeps in a crate at night, every night, and goes to the crate on command. He eats everyday at 2 p.m. and knows when it is coming. He has had no accidents in the house since we started the rehabilitation of Milo. I have him rolling over, sitting, waiting, staying, dancing, etc. all on command which has helped us to bond. It has also helped Milo with coming when called which still remains a thorn in my side. I groom him everyday which goes to strengthening our bond. When he escapes from our house out the front door it is very easy to retrieve him. He now enjoys a structured life and knows how his day will go. He is still independent of the family. He does not curl up in laps or follow from room to room. He leaves the room most times when people come in to be in the same room. But I see progress. I see real, true, honest to God progress. So, for anyone who was wondering Milo and I are on our way!
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I'm so happy to hear this! Milo just needed someone special to take care of him and you were the one.
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I am happy to hear Milo's progress. Good luck!

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Way to go, Milo!

My Cooper is a havanese rescue, too, and I've had him just a little over a year. He has come so far, but he still remains his distance from strangers or family members that only visit occasionally. He finally does climb in our lap for head scratches when my husband and I are alone.

My grandaughter (8) is visiting us this week. It has been so hard on her to have Cooper run from her because she is so sweet and loving to dogs. Today, I put a leash on him and we sat in the floor with treats. Haley held the leash so Cooper couldn't run from her. She sat quietly and rewarded him with treats when he relaxed. That's as far as we got today. The most important discovery for Cooper was that Haley pet him and nothing bad happened!

Good luck with your Milo.


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Excellent news. Congratulations to you and to Milo. All of your work together is paying off. He may never be cuddly, but that's okay, isn't it? My McKenna isn't terribly cuddly but we adore her just the same.


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good for you and Milo.

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Sounds like you have worked really hard, now you have a great balance and Milo must be much happier, and you too. Great job!

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Congratulations!! It is so nice to hear about such loving and dedicated mommy's like you. You sound like you have made such great progress, with your love and patience you will continue to see progress. Milo is a very lucky guy!!!!
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Good news. I hope Milo continues to improve. It can be so hard not knowing what these little guys have been through. Mostly they just need time to trust and feel safe.

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sounds like the training has really made you bonded- great job


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