I love all peoples and other animals. However, when I meet new peoples or new doggies in a public place, I don't bark but I am reserved and it takes me two or three minutes to size them up and then I want to play with them.
Now at mi casa, that is a different story! When a stranger (peoples or doggies) "invades" my personal territory, like even outside the front door, I alert my Momi and Popi with some loud barking. I don't know who it is out there and it could be danger. I have learned when Momi or Popi says "okay", I stop barking immediately and they have now taken charge of the situation, but I still keep a watchful eye on everything. If it is someone I already know, as soon as I recognize them, I give them the grand welcome and lot's of besos.
I have different kinds of barks to communicate. A high pitched "yip, yip" means I want my Momi and Popi's attention (let me out to potty, let me back in, I'm hungry and you are late with my meal, etc.). A long bark/howling means I am under stress and very concerned about something (strangers in my territory). A "yap, yap, yap" means I am happy to see you, let's play (like when I go on a play date with Lucy or my cousin doggies visit me or when I meet a new doggie while taking my Popi for a walk). I have more different barks but sometimes peoples are slow in picking up what they mean
. Peoples have to listen carefully.
It is my job to protect my Momi and Popi in our casa and I take my job seriously. You know that we Havanese were traditionally used as guard dogs and it is in our genes to protect our casas and familias.
Your doggie is just behaving according to instinct and is showing you he loves you and will protect you. With the right training, you can use his barking to your advantage to determine what your doggie is telling you. He can be trained to control his barking through patience and practice and the right response from you.
besos, Ricky Ricardo