Our family is getting our first Havanese in a week or so. We're very excited, but we have a couple questions and would be very grateful if any experienced owners could answer them. We previously had a Border Collie, but have had no experience with small dogs.
-Do Havanese often develop Small Dog Syndrome
? If so, what are some good strategies for avoiding it?
-Are there any great tricks that you've taught your Havanese?
-Do you have any crate-training or training-the-dog-to-go-outside-through-the-doggie-door-to-do-his/her-business tips?
-Are there any special supplies we need?
-We have two rabbits, and we aren't sure how to introduce the dog to the rabbbits. Does anyone here know the best way to introduce the dogs and rabbits? Both rabbits are very sweet, one is a neutered male and another is an unspayed female. We plan on neutering our puppy.
-Can Havanese learn toy names, so that they can fetch a toy if you tell them to fetch it?
-Do Havanese tend to stick close to home, or do they run out onto the street if they get out of the house?
-Will chicken wire around the yard be sufficient to keep the dog from escaping the yard?
-A friend of ours had a Havanese who was well-behaved for 3 years, then became a growly, grumpy, unfriendly dog, who she ended up giving away. Do you know why this might have happened, and if so, how we could prevent this happening with our Havanese?
-I'm considering showing in agility - do you have any suggestions/websites on agility training?
-I've heard of a dog training place called Dog Squad - have you heard if they're any good? Yelp reviews say they're great, but I wanted to get some feedback from Havanese owners.
-Do you have any dog name suggestions? Here's
a picture. He's a male dog. We're considering these names currently: