Hello we are new here.
Our family has a Havanese,( Poochinni ) who is three years old, 14 lbs., happy, extremely healthy, playful, and beautifully house trained uses Pee Pee Pads. We have recently moved, while the house was being prepared to be place on the market, we made thoughtless changes ( moved his bed, closed his Kennel, changed our bedroom) He began to have erections. He also snapped at my husband’s pants leg and bit his finger when he tried to take away a raw hide. He was taken to the vet and we had conversations with the behavior specialist from the University of Penn. They explained the many changes that we had made where confusing to him.
Since then we have moved, he seem to have adjusted well. This past week he began to have erections and on Wednesday while he was lying on the bed I walked passed him then I pet his head and back .He was very still ,when he did not respond with a wag of a tail (as usual) I leaned in and asked him if he was OK? Out of the blue he jumped up and bit my face……………………..This was unexpected and unacceptable behavior. Possibly he believes he is the Alpha. We do not feel we are experienced enough to retrain him. This is NOT a dog for children. We have had him to the vet and they said that he seems to be ok. We need to find placement for him but we are afraid to take him to a shelter. Can anyone advise us on placement options for dogs with this sort of issue, or is there anyone who is experienced with training dogs that would be interested in adopting him. Any advice would be appreciated.
It sounds like he is scared with all the changes and is trying to get some control on the situation. I'm sure you can find help here if you wish. You can also contact a behavioral specialist on your own. Perhaps even speak with someone from HRI (Havanese Rescue). There are options available, don't worry. HRI's website is here http://www.havaneserescue.com/ . We have members here who work in rescue as well. How long has this being going on for? Is your Poochini neutered? Do I understand right that you are in your new home now?
Hi Joann, welcome to the forum. I wish you had found us under happier circumstances. If you do decide to place him up for adoption I am sure people here will have some great ideas and options havanese-rescue.org for one.
But can I ask a few questions? has all this change been really recent? Has Poochini been neutered? Have you had him since he was a puppy? I am not a trainer- and forgive me if I am assuming things you may have already tried. But maybe if you could try to make him feel more secure while also re-asserting yourselves as alpha (your whole family) you can work through this. I think maybe starting new routines with him, walks- feedings-- bed times in his new home may go a long way--- also if he has not been neutered yet -- that may help too.
I am sure others will have a lot of good ideas too. Good luck and keep us posted. Poochini sure is cute and I really love his name.
I'm SO sorry to hear about your Poochini's bad behavior. You are right, his behavior is unacceptable. I think you are making a wise decision to find someone with experience to help retrain him and these issues he is having.
I'm certain Havanese Rescue will be able to help you place him.
Something is in the air this week with all these threads on aggression problems.
I am sorry to hear that things are not going well for you...but I can tell that you want the best for him. I am sure someone here will guide you in the right direction...you have gotten great advice already. Hope things will be better for you and him. Take care...hugs from all of us here!!!
Joanne, I am so sorry for your situation. Biting you is completely unacceptable. I think your assessment of the situation is totally correct… No children and experienced owners. I work with people moving all the time. We change situations for the dogs to make the home more sellable, I help with fencing/leash law issues when they move in. I have never had an owner say this was upsetting, unsettling or noticed a total change in the dog’s personality because of the move, With most dogs as long as their family is around they may become a little more clinging, but they are fine. The Havanese Rescue would be the only way to go.