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She is extremely agile and can leap so high from a sitting position. Her head and upper chest reaches over counter height! It’s a bit disconcerting that she may yet be able to jump up on the counter.
These Havanese are amazing!

I always hide Ricky's food bowl when time to eat so he can play the "find it" game which he loves. Yesterday I hid in a chair and pushed the front of the chair against the wall. Well, when people go low, Ricky goes high! He was able to find the food bowl by air scenting but the entrance to the bowl was blocked. So he jumped straight up vertically to clear the arm of the chair without any of his four paws touching the arm and made a soft landing in the cushion on the other side and was rewarded with his find. He is familiar with that chair and knew there was a cushion and likely food on the other side of the arm. I have seen Ricky do a lot of amazingly agile things but this made me go "WOW!" I measured the height of the arm and it is 24" off the ground. Ricky is an 11" tall dog and weighs 15 pounds and he cleared that 24" height without a running start with no problems, from a standing position straight up.

I caught Ricky on the kitchen counter once. He had jumped onto the seat of a barstool and then up to the kitchen counter. EASY PEASY. We now are very careful about where we leave the barstools!

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That would have been fun to watch!!

I am very careful about picking Zumba up and taking her down from high places because I did not want to have to worry about her jumping too high before her plates closed. However, through her plays with the cats, I have found her in some surprising places. Yesterday, I inadvertently left the door to the guest room open, and Zumba and the cat were on top of the mattress playing. That is a 28” from the floor pillow top mattress set! I made a mental note to self that that door must stay closed when not in use! I’m not ready for her to be jumping too much - not for another year!
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Pixel is my "high flier". The others can jump, but not like her. She's another one who can get on the kitchen counter if the bar stools are left pulled out. The idea of what could happen to her little bird bones if she then jumped down onto the tile floor horrifies me, though, so we are REALLY careful to keep them tucked in. Mostly she wants to jump up to be cuddled, though, so I don't THINK she's get up on the counter without us present.
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Jessie is definitely a “high jumper”, but is smart so she uses props when available. We have to keep our chairs at the table pushed in, or she is perusing whatever is left on the table. We don’t keep stools by the counter, so hasn’t mastered a jump to the counter. But she can jump and grab anything close to the edge. We are careful, but she always discovers whenever we mess up and forget to move something. She has to keep us on our toes! It was suggested I look into agility training...don’t know what that would be like??
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I guess I’m lucky, because my Hav will try to jump off of things, but he definitely needs a good running start to jump up so I can control the environment pretty well.

He does this super funny little hop when he’s trying to get up on the sofa, it’s like stretch-stretch-UP! more like a hybrid climb-jump. He’s definitely a climber, though. He’s also climbed the barstools but then he was stranded on the counter and cried for help. I think we’re lucky he hasn’t figured out how to climb the ex-pen, and I’m pretty sure the only reason he hasn’t is because it’s free standing and he’s afraid of it tipping over. I set it up so he can’t knock it over, but he hates the sound it makes and runs from it when we’re moving it around.

I had to move my daytime ex-pen setup because he figured out how to escape by jumping from one sofa to the other and climbing to the back of the arm where he can jump off the back. The first time he did it he came and found me so proud and happy, and I couldn’t figure out how he got out for the longest time!

I’m still trying to figure out a better way to gate the area to give him more space, since he’s a year old and pretty reliable, but I want to keep him out of the kitchen. I knew there was a reason I didn’t want an open floor plan - It’s for the sake of our dog, it has nothing at all to do with messy kitchens

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However, through her plays with the cats, I have found her in some surprising places.
We don't have cats, I am allergic to them, but Ricky can behave very cat-like. He frequently will walk along a 5 feet long, 3 inch wide, 3 feet off the ground window sill to get from one chair to another. He is a big, bulky Havanese and really can't center himself on the sill because of the window on one side. He has incredible balance. He also likes to lay on the cofeve table under the front picture window in the sun and take a nap, curled around the vase of flowers there. Neighbors see him there and have asked, "did you get a cat?"

Now that I have lost some significant weight through Weight Watchers, (you wouldn't recognize me Karen), I am looking for a local trainer to coach Ricky and me for agility competition.

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I’m going to play “hide and seek dinner” tonight, it sounds fun!
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Jessie is definitely a “high jumper”, but is smart so she uses props when available. We have to keep our chairs at the table pushed in, or she is perusing whatever is left on the table. We don’t keep stools by the counter, so hasn’t mastered a jump to the counter. But she can jump and grab anything close to the edge. We are careful, but she always discovers whenever we mess up and forget to move something. She has to keep us on our toes! It was suggested I look into agility training...don’t know what that would be like??
They really don't have to jump very high to do agility... Most Havanese jump 8" in Agility. the really tall ones jump 12". So any sound dog can play the game. The dogs who do well in agility are those who want to run and work with their owner!


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I am looking for a local trainer to coach Ricky and me for agility competition.

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Our Birdy is not named that without good reason. Her registered name is First In Flight, also not without good reason. I think she was 14 weeks when she was jumping onto, and off of the sofa. Her jumps off the sofa were not always only from the seat either. Sometimes she would fly off the arm, landing at least 5 feet away, going into the kitchen.

We tried keeping her from jumping off of high things, but it was hopeless trying to. She's nothing like a heavy boned, or tall for a Havanese either.

Our house has 2' baby gates blocking various rooms. Birdy sails over them like it's almost no effort, and goes where she pleases. She jumps them either from a standstill, or in stride. She doesn't even have to think about it.

We have several who can jump head, and shoulders above counters, and one, Dapper, who can pull stuff off a counter if it's left too close to the edge.

Posh was the first with such breakout, athletic movement, and he has passed it on.
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