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It's been two weeks since Bailey came to live with me. It has been exciting to say the least. I am now more calm and not afraid that she will break if disciplined. (I thought I outgrew that with my first child). She now has an expen which I do use. I felt guilty using it at first, but geesch I wasn't able to get anything done. I was following her around all the time seeing what she was into. She has a potty box in my master bathroom (which is big) and in the ex pen. She uses both. She did really well this week-end and only had one accident. I think that she just didn't want to leave me, so that is where she did it, right there on the rug beside me. My back was turned to the computer. She is so funny though, she know when she does something 'bad', and runs to the leather chair and wants up on it. She will get under the quilt and stay there for a long time. I do have to discipline her because if I don't she will become the alpha and I will have problems later on.

The most endearing thing she does when she wants me to pet her is that she jumps on my leg and wraps her little legs around my leg. We are working on 'off', stand and stay. I realize that she is just a little thing, but teaching good habits now will pay off later in dividends.

We are still working on the car issue. She gets sick in the car. I have been giving her a little honey as instructed by Heather and she does better. I have been taking her on little trips because as soon as we get into the car she starts shaking besides getting sick.

I found that I got too many toys (is there a word(s) as too many?) because when I was cleaning out some boxes in the basement, I found a few little stuffed animals my daughters left and those have become her favs. go figure. She loved being in the basement. There were so many places to explore and there was nothing she could get into that she could hurt or vice versa. She was very good at finding little things though and, oh yes, we are working on 'leave it'. 95% of the time she will drop it and the other 5%, she says, catch me if you can.
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Well Susan. now sounds nice. Bailey seems to be as cute on the inside as she's on the outside. You seem to be doing a great job with training her. But the hugging your leg sounds more like what Pablo does: I love it too, but they're just trying to dominate us not hug us LOL. So you do it right, by telling her 'off', I unfortunately have to say 'off' too, but I love his pseudo-hugs.

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Hi Susan I was wondering if you would like to read a couple of articles on dominance. A lot of people are being misled by some old disproven ideas about it . Here are two . I could show you more . The second one is a lengthy one but worth while reading. For the first one google IPDTA and read the article about dominance and for the second article google nonlinear dogs We have to realize that most of todays modern professionals including Dr. Ian Dunbar are refudiating these old ideas . Believe me your Havanese is not trying to dominate you. People are watching too much o f Cesar Millan who is probably "the" most controversial dog people around. You can find that out with a little research on the web.. These articles are very important if you really want to understand your dog. Thanks for listening. Dave Oh yeah here is another article I almost forgot. google Nichole Wilde Dog Star Alpha Roll

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I was just curious Dave if you get a kick back or commission for Ian Dunbar referrals/books/articles? Is he related to you?

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Susie, I hadn't heard the honey trick before. Is it working?
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Dave. Thank you for the information. I did take the time to read lots of articles based on your google suggestions. It definitely gives me a lot of food for thought. I know that mindsets are made throughout the years and sometimes changes to thoughts can be hard to digest. I still work on discipline, like not jumping up, but I have been paying particiular attention and have found sometimes she will hug on my arm when I am petting her. I don't think it is to dominate me, but she is trying to hold on while I am giving her attention. I guess thinking about it, I could equate it to hugging someone while being kissed, or hearing sweet words.
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I'd like to know about the honey also. My trainer said to give jelly beans. Something about the sugar calming the stomach. Mine spit the jelly beans out.

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I don't know how exactly Bailey hugs you, but I'm talking about the very tight hug, where you can feel the dew claw in your arm. If she just rests her arms around you, then this is most likely just a nice gesture.

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I put a little bit of honey on my finger and let her lick it off right before we leave in the car. It is working. My daughter used to wrap a tums in a bit of peanut butter to give to one of her dogs when it was a puppy. Her dog Riley now likes the taste of tums and will eat them right down.

When Bailey puts her legs around my arm, and I have been discouraging it because of previous comments (I am hardly the expert and do listen to experience) it isn't tight and her legs don't overlap. I truly think she just wants to be able to stay in a position to be petted. However, I will monitor it and will continue to discourage it. She actually doesn't do it too much. Since we have been working on the command 'off' , she doesn't jump up as much and if she does, she will get down as soon as I say 'off'. Then I give her plenty of praise and loving. (not that I don't love her all the time because I do- She is just too hard to resist when she cocks her head and sits patiently or impatiently waiting for more attention.)
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