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Shy Havanese

Hello Everyone,
I wanted to ask your opinions. Is a shy Havanese OK? Still a good dog? Can they outgrow it?

I am looking for an older female, at an affordable price, and I am talking to a breeder who says this 9 month old girl is super sweet but shy. She need to come to you.

Oscar is so outgoing will go up to anyone and lick them and jump up (we are working on this). Can she out grow this?

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-13-2007, 03:22 PM
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I'll give my opinion. We've observed some shyness with Dusty that we didn't even pick up on when we visited her before deciding to bring her home (age 7 months). She will approach people, but will not allow them to pet her right away, especially on the head(dominance thing??). This is worse and lasts longer with men, and is better with children. We were concerned at first because we had wanted a dog that would like our friends. As it has turned out, she loves a party! She may be slow to let people pet her, but she loves the crowd. The shyness confuses people who are used to dogs coming right up for attention (especially on walks and at the dog park), but it keeps Dusty from being annoying to people as well. We've had some repairmen around lately, and she generally follows them around sniffing at their feet. She doesn't hide under a chair. She will jump away if they reach for her. We do have a fair amount of company (usually the same people) and she has gotten more and more enthusiastically friendly with the people she has already met. She is also not afraid to be petted if she is being held, and can be handed to a stranger without any problem. It's been interesting. Our last dog had to be dragged away from anyone that came in the door. We've found the little bit of shyness to be easier to deal with than that!
We start training classes next week, so we'll see how that goes. They are supposed to cover shyness stuff in the class.

If I were you, I'd ask more questions to find out how this dog's shyness manifests itself, figure it can be improved somewhat, and think about whether this dog will fit into your lifestyle or not.

On a side note, when we were visiting Dusty, the breeder had two other dogs that she said had been very shy since birth. Of the several havanese we met that day, they were the slowest to approach(others were in our laps right away), but they did, and one of them was accepting lots of love from our nine-year old before the visit was done. I'll try and post a picture...

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In our case Oreo is shy with other dogs, but LOVES people. I sincerely hope he does grow out of it. There are so many dogs in our community but he loves to bark and growl at them.... sigh
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Hello Carla, nice to 'meet' you.

I didn't want a shy dog either, but I like Dusty's mom's comments and think that some shyness can actually be a good thing! lol I agree that you might want to ask the breeder what he/she constitues as shyness, is it geared towards other animals, children, only men, anyone at all? and why? Was it one bad experience, or was she always like that?

Of course 'shy' dogs are still 'good' dogs! It really depends on your lifestyle which character suits you best. We are quite social and are 5 in the house here. We also want to bring our dog to lots of places, so shyness wasn't a good trait in my opinion, BUT I didn't want TOO Alpha a dog. The first one we looked at at the breeders' was very strong-minded and a barker. That one would require a little more handling, more patience and training. I choose another, our Ricky.

Often barking and/or growling is a sign of fear, so maybe Oreo is trying to sound tough by doing this when he spots other dogs. I would totally make light of it and try to keep him trained on you during the time other dogs are around. Treat him, reward him for being quiet and focused on you, his leader. If you ever show tension, fear or console him too much when he growls/barks at others, it will only reinforce that behavior.




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Hi Carla,

Are you going to be able to visit this puppy? If so, it would be a great idea. You might also want to bring Oscar along. Most breeders will let you bring your dog as well as other family memebers. I am not sure if she will be able to completely outgrow her shyness, but socialization - meeting as many other dogs and people would be a good way to work on this problem.

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I just think Havs are so sensitive. Kodi is a little on the shy side. He approaches most people with no problem, bouncing and jumping. He is also vocal with people he especially likes, and gives out these funny little barks. But with others he will just hold back a little. Shelby loves everyone.

Kodi is the same way with dogs. He doesn't like dogs to run up to him first. When we go to the dog park, he will usually hang back and size everyone up first and then pick out who he wants to play with. Shelby had her first experience at the park today and did very well.

I don't think a little shyness is a bad thing. If it is being caused by fear, then you have to be more cautious. Just introduce the dog to new things slowly. Puppy classes are great for this. Also, just take the puppy to as many different places as possible to expose it to everything.
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Murphy is on the shy side and we had hopes for him to be a therapy dog. It's been hard in the winter months to get him outside and be around all the sounds of life in a neighborhood. He is really a rather mellow puppy and doesn't bark too much. We are hoping with his training he will build up confidence, too.
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Cosmo was shy and he could be a little aloof .A lot of it is fear based I think . Since his buddy Ahnold arrived he is better - Cosmo does remember people and he is now more friendly towards them .
I socialized him a lot w2when he was a little guy and exposed him to a lot of different situations and this was hard as he would get so carsick . I exposed him to other dogs as well . Cats he does not know at all . I sometimes wondered if the socialization worked but now I see he is better and now he likes to go out for an outing .. He still does not like the car but the carsickness is improving we still drool and get a litttle upset but he he is better with his buddy right beside him
Ahnold is not as shy - he will come right up to you - no problem he loves to be on your lap and to have a nice snuggle . He likes to go out on walks as well . He does bark at other dogs which Cosmo does not do - if the dog is too big he just avoids it or he sits down and he will not move ..
It is still a work in progress ...
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Max is anything but shy. Be it other dogs, friends, or strangers....he's ready and eager to get attention....He only is leary of big strange objects....like a big box on the sidewalk, or a real estate board...but other than that he's like a greeter at Wal-Mart.
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Max is anything but shy. Be it other dogs, friends, or strangers....he's ready and eager to get attention....He only is leary of big strange objects....like a big box on the sidewalk, or a real estate board...but other than that he's like a greeter at Wal-Mart.
Rick - I could have written your post. Are you sure out puppies aren't related. We call Bugsy the embassador of good will.

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