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I am the lady from almost a year ago that got a 5 1/5 month old pup shipped to seattle from vegas. She was a fearful dog and screamed and barked from night one. I was so upset because my previous havanese did not bark and this breeder assured me that the new pup was not a barker. I almost returned her but the breeder was too difficult, I figured I could make it work. Long story short, at the time I got great advice from you all and we have limped through. But...i am so depressed. This dog is still so difficult. She barks and cries and complains all day long! I work mostly from home and I can not get any work done. I am to the point where I really don't even like her. I have tried everything. We do tricks, and ball and run and loves and games and toys and treats to chew. I even got a vibrating bark collar. (Not shock collar). I found out the pup was not socialized so she fears everyone and every little noise sets her off. I don't know what to do. She is soooooooo loving and darling to me. But my life is a wreck. I have to leave the house just to get away from her. Please.....any ideas. PS tomorrow I take her to daycare for the first time because I have workers at my house tomorrow and she will go crazy. But......I have concerns about the day care because she has bitten b4 as well. Help!
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Wow, what a dilemma. I dont know what to say. I do know that something needs to be done, you cant live your life miserable. Hopefully, you can find a way that will be better for you. Good luck.
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If it's in your budget, I think you would benefit from a trainer. Did you go to puppy classes? Those might help with socialization problems.


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I am the lady from almost a year ago that got a 5 1/5 month old pup shipped to seattle from vegas. She was a fearful dog and screamed and barked from night one. I was so upset because my previous havanese did not bark and this breeder assured me that the new pup was not a barker. I almost returned her but the breeder was too difficult, I figured I could make it work. Long story short, at the time I got great advice from you all and we have limped through. But...i am so depressed. This dog is still so difficult. She barks and cries and complains all day long! I work mostly from home and I can not get any work done. I am to the point where I really don't even like her. I have tried everything. We do tricks, and ball and run and loves and games and toys and treats to chew. I even got a vibrating bark collar. (Not shock collar). I found out the pup was not socialized so she fears everyone and every little noise sets her off. I don't know what to do. She is soooooooo loving and darling to me. But my life is a wreck. I have to leave the house just to get away from her. Please.....any ideas. PS tomorrow I take her to daycare for the first time because I have workers at my house tomorrow and she will go crazy. But......I have concerns about the day care because she has bitten b4 as well. Help!
Oh you poor thing. I can relate to lots of barking! Biying is another thing. What does the vet say? I agree with irnfit re training, but the vet may find...allergy, earinfection, reaction to flea/tick? If I lived near you I would babysit her for a while...so you could breath a little while.:

We have a barker too. (one of three) She wants attention continuiously. We put her in her crate for a rest. Not an angry thing, just a rest, sometimes with a Bullystick or a huge raw lamb bone. (I buy the Primal brand.) Also I have a top cover on the crate to have her feel more secure.
We dont isolate her, just contain and distract.

If she goes to bed at nite too late, she doesnt get enough sleep, and this too makes her more barky! She sleeps in a crate all cushied up, right next to my bed...actually all three sleep in there crates right next to my bed. It calms them and they dont bark. We may "pay" for this at some point if we need to leave them at home with a sitter!?

We use Compose,from the vet, in July(fireworks) and bad weather conditions.
Also Benedryl has worked for my 4th dog who is very old.

Don't mix or give Benedryl and/or Compose without talking to your vet.

Hope something helps. Keep us posted.

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If you live in Seattle, try to find homeopat vet! I know one similar case here. After she (jack russel) was put on homeopatic medicines she changed totally and completely! No agression, no barking, no biting... It is worth trying!
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it sounds as if you got your pup from a questionable breeder and then shipped the puppy... poor little thing was probably deeply traumatized during his very sensitive formative weeks. Not sure what to tell you, but I hope others read your post and realize what can happen when a pup doesn't come from a good place.
def. get a trainer in, should have done that a LONG time ago...
Sorry for the painful honesty here.

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More painful honesty here. If you are truly beginng to dislike the pup, and have to leave your own home just to get away from her, the best thing for both of you might be to contact Havanese Rescue. A foster home might have better luck with her. It sounds like you have tried everything and that is very admirable. If however, you have come to the end of your rope, PLEASE contact HRI. Believe me, the dog can sense your stress and unhappiness and is reacting to it. Muddling through may not make it better.
Turning her over to HRI does not mean failure. It simply means despite everything you have done, it's just not the right fit for either of you. She could go to a foster home and you would accomplish two things. 1. you would have less stress in your life allowing you to get your work done and in your spare time research a really great breeder with a puppy that IS a good fit for you and 2. your current pup would be given a chance to find a home that is just right for her. A win/win all the way around.
Good luck to you both.

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I agree with Susan. I had a little dog that didn't make it and it went to a good home in Huntsville. then I had a protection dog that didn't like children, I sent him back. Dogs are really not like children, you can re-home dogs, you just wish you could your children, especially the teenagers.

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I have to agree and a situation where you dislike your dog can only go from bad to worse, unless you have the desire to seek out professional training (one on one) with a trainer that really knows what they are doing, not some hoke from Craigslist that claims to be an expert, but really isn't.

What exactly is triggering the barking? Have you had him see a vet to make sure there isn't any illness, pain, infection?..

If you do decide to rehome, contact Havanese Rescue, they will see that he is trained and rehomed in a home that is well suited for his personality.

Sadly, not all breeds or personalities are compatible with all individuals.ALl you can do is do the right thing for him and yourself, which may mean calling Rescue.

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I agree with Susan. I had a little dog that didn't make it and it went to a good home in Huntsville. then I had a protection dog that didn't like children, I sent him back. Dogs are really not like children, you can re-home dogs, you just wish you could your children, especially the teenagers.

LOL. I find the middle school years to be the most challenging, the teens..not as bad as the pre-teens in my house.

I have known people who have had to rehome dogs, mostly for biting and aggression around children, but ultimately, the dogs found a home where they thrived and did well.
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