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Hi All. Does anyone know why my good boy suddenly turns into a terrorist when he goes in his crate? If I gut my hand in it to pet him or take his leash off or anything he goes crazy by growling and biting. He drew blood yesterday. Crazy!
He is 6+ months old and will be getting fixed in a week. Is this behavior just driven by hormones or nesting instinct?
Thanks for any insight you might forward.
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Drawing blood is very serious. I would take him to the vet and make sure nothing is wrong with his health right away before the neuter. Ask for a recommendation of a behaviorist too. That sounds very dangerous and not normal havanese behavior. Have you talked to your breeder?

My 6 month old puppy loves his crate and I couldn't imagine him ever bitting me at all, let alone when I put my hand in it- that is usually when i am licked like crazy.

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I do know that some dogs are very protective of their "dens". I'd start making it a fun place - take the leash off before he goes in - don't reach in to take him out - leave the door open - feed him in there - kong toys filled with treats. Most of all, do not let him get away with this behavior. I hope you yelled OUCH very loud.

I agree with Amanda that you have your vet check him out - but it does sound like a fear problem and I'd invest in a qualified trainer. Also your breeder should be able to help (if you got him from a good one).

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I also think that is unusual for a Havanese to act that way. Mine is a real licker and never has shown one second of being ill. I agree with Lisa -- make it a fun 'den'. Put everything in beforehand and all you need to do is put him in and shut the door. Don't reach in and give him the choice to bite. Hope this gets better in a couple of days.

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Either he is not feeling well, or you have to ignore him and help him understand this is not acceptable.
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