Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oakland, CA
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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.