I haven't posted much, but when I joined I told you all about my rescue, Reilly, who had been abused and had a broken leg when we got him. Well, he is now 100%, no limp, which the vet thought he might have.At his first year checkup, the vet was amazed at how healthy he was and how well he was behaving and told me whatever I was doing, keep it up. Well, I learned a lot about the havanese from this forum, so I thank each and every one of you for the posts you place which helped me and Reilly immensely. We are just thrilled with him and so happy to have him. He is now happy, well adjusted and at 3 years old a bit devilish too! Love it. On this forum, I learned so much about feeding, grooming, temperament, problem solving, just everything to help out rehabilitate Reilly. Kudos to all. Now, I have read several posts about barking. I came across a new item to help stop excess barking. It is as small as a small flashlite and emits a silent sound, from First Alert called First Alert Bark alarm,which believe it or not, does work. The barking stops. I used it on a walk when a dog started barking at Reilly and he started to bark back, I just pressed it One second_and both dogs stopped and looked around immediately. We just continued on our way. It also has helped stop him from continual barking when someone rings the doorbell. He now barks as a warning to us and then stops when I tell him its ok. You can read and see all about this item at http:www.onlynaturalpet.com
Just a suggestion if anyone is interested. When I called the trainer we had used for my dog that he now barks when other dogs bark at him and jump at him, she wanted us to use an e-collar, but we refused. If I see another dog coming, I usually put Reilly on the side of me away from the dog and continue on past. I didn't want to subject him to shocks after what he had been through in his short life. This battery operated silent sound from First Alert Bark Alarm is a perfect tool for the barking I think. If anyone else has tried it, let me know if it works for you too. I found it most helpful on walks as a preventative of another dog as they jump up and bark at Reilly. One second touch and the other dog stops his jumping and barking and we continue on our way. I think it avoids problems with other dogs and although Reilly has learned to
avoid them and is friendly with other dogs, you only need one to start an upset. Some people do not care and have their dogs on those long retractable leashes so they
have more freedom I want to protect my dog from these unnecessary dog interferences on his walks, so I found this helpful.