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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-12-2013, 07:50 AM
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I do the same thing with the Kong whenever I leave the house. Because I work from home, I have to make a point of going out every day to leave Q by himself for a while. He doesn't have separation anxiety, but I think the Kong is also a preventative. He now associates me leaving with getting something yummy
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I'm new here and am thinking about getting a Hav. I'd like to know if separation anxiety is prevalent in the Hav Breed? Could this be prevented if the puppies were left with the mother longer - say until 12-14 weeks old?
I'm interested in learning all I can about Hav's.
I personally don't think it's any more prevalent in Havs than any other dogs. My son's lab has it REAL bad, to the point of not being able to calm himself even someone is in the house. If my son isn't there, the dog is crazy.

I do think that because our breed is so very companion oriented, that it could turn into a problem if you don't take steps to prevent it right from the beginning.
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I must have bought the wrong kind of kong because the sisters couldn't get anything out of it. Then I didn't like the mess cleaning it out.
Someone posted this great video a few months ago and it really helped us teach Zelda how to use a kong:

She just barked at the kong the first time we gave it to her, then she started figuring it out if we kept it easy. We didn't leave them at home with her until she mastered it and stopped barking. After a month of practice she became a complete pro and can get anything out, no matter how frozen solid. Sort of funny that the toy designed to keep a dog quiet just made her noisy!
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I'm new here and am thinking about getting a Hav. I'd like to know if separation anxiety is prevalent in the Hav Breed? Could this be prevented if the puppies were left with the mother longer - say until 12-14 weeks old?
I'm interested in learning all I can about Hav's.
I do think it is way more prevalent for the breed. Havanese fall in the "companion" dog category based on characteristics just like a Hound dog has characteristics to hunt, just like Bird dogs have the intrinsic desire to hunt birds, some breeds are more intrinsic herders, etc.. Alot of the toy breeds are wired to be companions and Havanese take that job very seriously! I have a companion every time I go to the bathroom.. LOL.. But with that said, there are quite a few members here who manage to work and successfully raise a hav, there are quite a few other members who end up getting TWO havs to keep each other company while they are at work, that seems to help in some situations but I know that isn't a practical solution for everyone.

My dog has very serious separation anxiety, I had to leave for 36 hours on Monday and according to my family, she slept at the front door the whole time (even at night) my husband tried to bring her up to bed a few times and she kept running to the door to sit and watch for me She is almost 7, so she is pretty set in her ways and since Im' fortunate enough to work from home some days and then take her to work with me on other days, she spends very little time away from me, but I know how it feels to see them so upset I think there are quite a few success stories on here regarding working homes, but they really do prefer to be with their human companion or around others.
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Well, today I did everything the same *except* that I did not feed Sheldon breakfast before I left. Instead, I put kibble in a variety of kongs, toilet paper rolls, etc. I also put a high value stinky treat in each one. (have you ever smelled freeze dried white fish?&#128561

All day long, when I monitored him via the webcam, he was either crying and trying to get out of the ex-pen (maybe 75% of the time) or sleeping. He did not eat, play with toys, etc.

However, when I got home, I noticed that all the kongs were empty. So some time during all the plaintive crying he did take a break to eat.

Someone recommended trying him in a crate instead of ex-pen. I hate to do that, but will try anything.
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If you decide to crate him I would try some "crate games" exercises first. I did the crate games class with my hav and he loves his crate. Now in my situation he is not crated during the day because I home office, but he is crated at night and when we are gone. I dont use an ex-pen. If you work all day and crate you'll have to get a dog walker.

The exercises we did with the crate are food related and you never give commands, or at least not at first. The dog learns to choose to go into the crate (because cool things happen there). Eventually you can say "crate" and your dog will take off and run in with tail wagging. Everyone loved to watch our hav puppy run to his crate, he was so funny! They are such quick learners.

Do a search on the forum if you havent already. When I first got my puppy I read a lot of threads about this. There's a dog called Hobbes - his owner posts on here and she had some challenges with him while she was gone and I believe she tackled the problem. You will get through it!

PS - my dog was the same the first few weeks in that he wouldnt eat a bone while we were gone. They do get over it. But I do think they remain sensitive!

Something else - there is a toy called Busy Dog Ball - my hav loves it - might be worth a try too.
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