Diva has been with us for 3 weeks and we are having an awesome time! She is 16 weeks and weighs 6 pounds. She is extremely playful and active and very loving. I love how happy she is to see me and how she follows me around. I am a first time dog owner and I have done a lot of reading and looking around this forum
I thought I would make a thread to post pictures of her and updates about our training process to see if anyone has any advice
Currently I am trying to keep her from jumping up on me, my girlfriend, strangers, anyone she meets. I will turn away from her when I come in the door and not give her attention until she calms down, then she can sit and get petted. She is learning this for me but she still jumps up at first. She has also detected that other people think it's adorable when she jumps on them.
She also sometimes barks to try to boss me around- she's not allowed on the sofa unless she wants to sit quietly- no playing up there or chewing the sofa buttons. So if she gets kicked off the sofa for being too rowdy she will bark angrily to try to get me to let her back up. I don't reward her for this but I'm not sure what I should do in this situation- stay sitting there and let her bark forever? I can distract her with a toy, but then I'm rewarding her for barking by playing with her. Does anyone have any tips on this?
As far as jumping is concerned, it is VERY tough to get a handle on this when other people give her positive feedback for it. You really have to decide how important it is to you. Obviously she has already started learning that YOU wont tolerate it, so she has differentiated her behavior greeting you or other people. If it's important to you that she not jump on other people, you will have to take the extra time to secure her, either on leash or in her ex-pen or crate. Then you will have to be REALLY firm with the PEOPLE that they can't interact with her AT ALL until she stops jumping up.
A trainer I worked with in a seminar over the weekend also suggested throwing a handful of kibble or small treats on the floor to occupy the dog BEFORE they get ramped up and start jumping on people. She said that often, this, combined with no positive reinforcement from the visitors is enough to stop the behavior.
Demand barking seems to definitely be a "thing" with many Havanese puppies. They are smart enough that they will train YOU, if they can!
If you have set criteria for her being on the sofa, and are VERY consistent about reinforcing them, (which probably means limiting her access to it when you aren't present to reinforce the desired behavior) you should remove her from the couch when she behaves inappropriately. Definitely do NOT "distract" her with toys. Being removed from the couch is a punishment. It's a very mild one... as it should be with a puppy. But you want her to make the connection. If she barks at you, turn your head completely away. If that's not enough, get up and walk away from her. If she either jumps back on the couch OR follows you and barks, pick her up gently and put her in her pen or crate for a couple of minutes.
Demand barking can be very frustrating. Believe me, I know. Kodi was a TERRIBLE demand barker as an adolescent. But age and CONSISTENTLY proving to them that it doesn't get them any where will eventually get you though the problem!