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Anyone else feel this way?

I once read that Havs are like big dogs in a small dog's body. Baxter reminds me of the sweet huge lab next door much more than he reminds me of any other small dog I meet. I was at a friend's house last night and her dog barked like crazy when I came to the door and then jumped all over me like crazy.... I was trying to pet her but she wouldn't calm down for a second to let me! It made me think about how many behaviors I just take for granted with Baxter. He does jump up to 'greet' people sometimes (not always) but I decided to allow this since it's more of him standing so to speak, if that makes any sense. He doesn't jump all over the person, just merely makes himself 'taller' so that the person may pet him. It's not annoying in the least (IMO, and I am obviously easily annoyed by bad dog behavior)

At the valley, sometimes we'll see medium sized dogs being walked by their owners, pulling them along so hard that they barely can breathe---panting, choking, etc. Walking Baxter is relaxing and fun--I can't imagine it being like that. So many of my children's friends mention that they wish they had a dog like Baxter.... doesn't go crazy all the time. Are hav's just laid back by nature? He loves to play---it's not that he acts like an old dog who hangs back and doesn't join in.... to the contrary. He's just not annoyingly hyper.

Anyone else feel the same way?
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I just think they're wonderful! Never had another dog so I can't compare to anything other than friend's dogs and I will say I wouldn't want any other dog. They're playful and so sweet but also love to have quiet time and cuddle. What could be better??? And they're small enough that we can take them with us almost anywhere.

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Most Havs will jump up on guests more than Baxter does and even some well-behaved Havs will pull on leashes on walks.
My dogs are Therapy dogs and AKC Good Citizens, but can be very annoying to guests (for 2 minutes of so) and Cali sometimes acts like an attack dog on leash, while we are out on walks.
We obviously haven't trained them completely LOL.

(I think many folks on here will say the same things about their dogs.)

However, we love our Havs insanely and they are perfect in every other way. Both are laid-back and have no other annoying issues.They are playful and happpy, were relatively easy to house-train, and other than a few tissues, they have never destroyed a thing.

Count your blessings with Baxter!

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Most Havs will jump up on guests more than Baxter does and even some well-behaved Havs will pull on leashes on walks.
My dogs are Therapy dogs and AKC Good Citizens, but can be very annoying to guests (for 2 minutes of so) and Cali sometimes acts like an attack dog on leash, while we are out on walks.
We obviously haven't trained them completely LOL.

(I think many folks on here will say the same things about their dogs.)

However, we love our Havs insanely and they are perfect in every other way. Both are laid-back and have no other annoying issues.They are playful and happpy, were relatively easy to house-train, and other than a few tissues, they have never destroyed a thing.

Count your blessings with Baxter!
DITTO!!!! My dogs definitely aren't the best behaved or best trained dogs I've met and a lot of people make excuses for them because they're so cute.

Jill - Tess & Cody's mom
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Both my boys are calm, easy going, playful, loving, sweet tempered and FUN!! They are great watch dogs...but not yappy....they love people and other dogs.
They love having little jobs to do around the house....like seeing who can pull the laundry out of the washer and into the dryer faster than I can...
In no way are these guys 'girlie dogs'. They don't prance around...they strut!
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Mine jump on people when they come in, including us, and I know that if they were bigger I wouldn't allow it but I love it! Nothing sweeter than being greeted by them when they're so happy to see us.

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Most Havs will jump up on guests more than Baxter does and even some well-behaved Havs will pull on leashes on walks.
My dogs are Therapy dogs and AKC Good Citizens, but can be very annoying to guests (for 2 minutes of so)
Whew! That's nice to know, Nan, that even with those high marks that they still do the two minute frenzied greeting! I always say that Jackson thinks everyone who comes to our house is coming only to see him. We are working on it, but I usually just pick him up as he goes so berserk when someone rings the bell.

After raising labs who could knock down an adult with their friendly slobbering behavior, I am happy that Jackson is so little and cute. He is great on a walk, while my current lab always hated walks . . . would start trembling and freak out for some reason. My first lab had the headstrong pulling problem and, while training her in a park one time, literally took off after another dog and yanked me to the ground. I must have looked like the Flying Nun LOL. She was a very stocky built dog and strong as an ox, so she was a challenge to train. It's nice that Jackson is so well behaved on walks and easy to manage, plus he loves to walk.

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I once read that Havs are like big dogs in a small dog's body. Baxter reminds me of the sweet huge lab next door much more than he reminds me of any other small dog I meet. I was at a friend's house last night and her dog barked like crazy when I came to the door and then jumped all over me like crazy.... I was trying to pet her but she wouldn't calm down for a second to let me! It made me think about how many behaviors I just take for granted with Baxter. He does jump up to 'greet' people sometimes (not always) but I decided to allow this since it's more of him standing so to speak, if that makes any sense. He doesn't jump all over the person, just merely makes himself 'taller' so that the person may pet him. It's not annoying in the least (IMO, and I am obviously easily annoyed by bad dog behavior)

At the valley, sometimes we'll see medium sized dogs being walked by their owners, pulling them along so hard that they barely can breathe---panting, choking, etc. Walking Baxter is relaxing and fun--I can't imagine it being like that. So many of my children's friends mention that they wish they had a dog like Baxter.... doesn't go crazy all the time. Are hav's just laid back by nature? He loves to play---it's not that he acts like an old dog who hangs back and doesn't join in.... to the contrary. He's just not annoyingly hyper.

Anyone else feel the same way?
I agree about the jumping up.........they do make themselves taller, because Dexter no longer jumps on the side of my leg. Dexter stays down and shakes and wiggles so much, I think something should fall off when he greets me.

As for walking...I use an extend leash because I want Dexter to run and smell stuff. When he does start pulling, I call Dexter. Then say "Come" and he starts toward me and then I have enough room to start walking again.

Sometimes Dexter will take off and wait for me in a play position and I call him and he comes running, then I call him again and he is running again...this is how we tire him out and this is how he starts his RLH

Now...............if I had a BIG dog, they would not be allowed to jump up at a person no matter what....and I would train him to sit to get a greeting. But, Hav's are so little, Dexter gets away with a lot of stuff that I would not tolerate with a bigger dog.



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Todd was really well behaved (mostly anyway) but lately he's going through a barky, jumping, crazy, out of control stage that is driving me, my family and friends insane!
I chalk it up to boredom on his part and so he's acting out...or something like that???
I've redoubled our training and as soon as the rain stops he'll be getting out of the house more and getting the exercise that he so desperately needs...for my sanity..lol

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Todd was really well behaved (mostly anyway) but lately he's going through a barky, jumping, crazy, out of control stage that is driving me, my family and friends insane!
I chalk it up to boredom on his part and so he's acting out...or something like that???
I've redoubled our training and as soon as the rain stops he'll be getting out of the house more and getting the exercise that he so desperately needs...for my sanity..lol

Dexter will drive me and my dh insane if we do not get him outside to release the energy to tire him out.....then Dexter is the sweetest thing in the world!



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