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Are Havs stub... I mean determined?

Hi Nikey is 10 weeks old. If I call him, he'll go in the opposite direction. When on a leash, if I do a gentle pull to let him know where we need to go, then he feels an immediate urge to go on the opposite direction. It's almost like trying to play opposite psychology to get him go where I go. He is developing quite a determined character. Is that usual from havanese?

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Sounds like normal puppy getting used to a leash behavior to me. I'm sure someone will chime in with links to articles about loose leash walking, which should be helpful. Havanese are known for their willingness to please their people, so I wouldn't necessarily think that stubbornness is a trait. Good luck!

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has his hearing been checked out by a vet or his breeder?

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Hi Nikey is 10 weeks old. If I call him, he'll go in the opposite direction. When on a leash, if I do a gentle pull to let him know where we need to go, then he feels an immediate urge to go on the opposite direction. It's almost like trying to play opposite psychology to get him go where I go. He is developing quite a determined character. Is that usual from havanese?

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Ellie thinks the best game in the world is to play fetch with me by setting me up in a certain position to be ready to take the toy as she's bring it back to me....and then....at the very last possible minute, she side-swipes me, runs right past me and goes as far away as possible - toy still in mouth. As soon as I go to do something else, the "game" begins again.

I've not had any leash problems as far as pulling in the opposite direction, but she does do everything she can to make it hard for me to put her collar on even though she is dying to go outside. Once I got so annoyed I just put my coat on, put the leash back on the counter and actually left the house without her. She wailed on the other side of the door and I didn't come back for a few minutes. It's been a little better since then.

But she does want to please me no matter what. And in the areas where I use a serious tone of voice and in some way convince her this can't be about play, she is extremely cooperative.
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I bet if you called him with a tiny slice of a hot dog, he'd get the hang of it right away. Recall with her name is the very first thing I taught Gracie, over and over, slowly increasing the distance. She has very good recall. Even now when I take her outside, I reward recall with a treat. Not every time, but enough to keep her guessing.

You can use treats to teach him how to walk nicely on the leash too.

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Hi Nikey is 10 weeks old. If I call him, he'll go in the opposite direction. When on a leash, if I do a gentle pull to let him know where we need to go, then he feels an immediate urge to go on the opposite direction. It's almost like trying to play opposite psychology to get him go where I go. He is developing quite a determined character. Is that usual from havanese?

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There was a thread recently where krandall was giving a tutorial regarding recall and some other training techniques in response to questions from TilliesMom. You might find it an interesting and helpful read. I will see if I can link it on here.

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=15580

And then Karen started a new thread with a continuation.

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=15622

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and Tillie totally has "give me 5" DOWN! thanks to Karen's tutorial!! Although sometimes she gets too excited and gives me 10! LOL

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There was a thread recently where krandall was giving a tutorial regarding recall and some other training techniques in response to questions from TilliesMom. You might find it an interesting and helpful read. I will see if I can link it on here.

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=15580

And then Karen started a new thread with a continuation.

http://www.havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=15622
Oh yes, those are good ones from Karen. Sure is quiet around here with her gone. Hope she gets back soon, I got some big agility stuff coming up I'll need to share with her.

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Thank you all for your replies. BTW, here is Nikey at 8 weeks. He has grown quite a bit in the last two weeks.
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wow, how stinkin' cute is that little boo!

My ollie, is the only dog I've had that pulls like a mac truck on leash. I attribute it all to myself and lack of good, consistient training. That and he REALLY likes to mark.

I will say, he walks at a perfect heal off leash, 80% of the time. if he strays a little, if I say his name he comes right back.

sounds like typical leash training stuff, hang in there and be consistent.
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