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Adding a Hav to our home with an already-fearful Hav?
We got a male Havanese about a month ago (formerly Larry, now Scout). He is 9 months old. He definitely has fear issues. He is afraid of my husband and doesn't seem to be improving in that regard even though DH has been making every effort to befriend him. DH talks sweet to him, always bends down when speaking to him, gives him treats, puts him on his lap and pets him. Scout is still afraid of him and won't go to him. He runs away every time my husband calls to him. Scout is also afraid/skittish about other people and things. Example: The other night we ordered take-out and I placed the paper shopping bag of food on the kitchen counter. Scout was very hesitant about walking past the kitchen counter. He would look up at the bag and SLOWLY and cautiously walk past the counter. He seems to be afraid of his own shadow. When we met Scout at the breeder's house, surrounded by several other dogs, he seemed fine. In fact, the breeder allowed us to bring Scout's litter-brother home with us on Saturday for a playdate. Scout was more playful. And whenever his brother ran to my husband to be petted, Scout would run over to be petted too (although still a little cautious). But he seemed more outgoing.
Now to the second part of the tale: I've always felt that Scout would do better with another dog. This is one of the reasons I arranged a play date with his brother. (And he did seem to do better.) I also spoke to someone on Friday who is trying to re-home her two female Havanese babies. (A thread about this is posted on this forum.) She won't consider our family because she says that adding another dog to our home while Scout is having fear issues would not be a good idea.
I'm really interested in getting other people's opinions on this. Especially anyone that has owned a fearful dog. Scout is not aggressive at all. He is very sweet. Would adding another dog to our home be a mistake, or would it benefit Scout?
Yolanda (Scout's mom)