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My new hava doggie she does something different than I have ever seen before. when a neighbor or friend of mine sees her...they will put their hand out for her to sniff...in a friendly way...but my hava will back away and hides right behind me. My dog is very attached to me...I love it. But is this a trait of the havanese to not friendly up with strangers?

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My new hava doggie she does something different than I have ever seen before. when a neighbor or friend of mine sees her...they will put their hand out for her to sniff...in a friendly way...but my hava will back away and hides right behind me. My dog is very attached to me...I love it. But is this a trait of the havanese to not friendly up with strangers?
No, it is not. But your little dog was not raised by you, and she may not have been properly socialized by her previous owners. Respect the fact that she is fearful of strangers, and ask them NOT to reach toward her. If you know the people, and can trust them to follow your direction, instead, tell them not to talk to her or look at her, but to toss small treats (that you provide) in her direction, while they converse with you, and studiously IGNORE her.

Eventually, she may start to view strangers in a more positive light, at least within a controlled environment. But you need to be her advocate in public, and stop strangers (to her... even if they are people YOU know) from trying to push themselves on her.

I know how hard this can be... everyone wants to make friends with the "cute little dog". But she needs you to be her advocate right now. I think the fact that she bonded to you so quickly is a good sign that she may become more outgoing with time, but if you allow people to push it, she could go in the other direction and become even shyer.


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what a great idea!

I have to agree with you on things & your advise is super great thank you

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Hola, Rick Ricardo here. I love almost all peoples and doggies. But when I meet a new people, I am cautious and I like to investigate them for a minute or so before I give them the BIG Havanese welcome - jumping around, crouching on my front paws, and then stand on my hind legs so they will pick me up and I can give them besos on their faces.

I was socialized at an early age, so I feel comfortable around peoples and other doggies and lots of distractions. Loud noises don't bother me. I LOVE riding in the shopping cart at Home Depot, Petco, and Petsmart. I stand at the front of the cart, like the captain of my ship, and greet everyone who passes by. Everybody wants to know, "THAT is a cute dog , what kind is he? Can I pet him?" And I lick their hand to say "Si, senor!" This big, bearded, tattooed, motorcycle guy in leather asked if he could pick me up and Popi said, "sure." He picked me up so gentle and held me against his face and I gave him besos. He had fur on his face just like mine....kewl.....and had some delicious smelling leftover on it! Guy said to Popi, "can I buy him?" Popi said, "No way, Jose." Muchas gracias, Popi !!!!!!!

I think your doggie will be fine with continued socialization in public places, patience, and maybe an occasional stay at a doggie day care. But all doggies are different and maybe your doggie just wants to be with you more than anyone else.

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Karen you are right as I rescued her, she was in a cage all day at prior owner. I have been trying to take good care of her. I got her groomed & her nails done & I did order her a cc comb! Next will be her dental care. My vet is very happy she is not with the prior owner. The prior owner gave her to me. I have been taking her for walks about 4 times a day. Today was the first time she actually went up to someone I know that wanted to say hi to her. I had her on a leash & she always looks back at me to make sure it is ok. I just love how she is in tune with me. Havaneses are such sweet & adorable, gentle dogs. Yes I have told people she will not want to smell your hand so please just don't put your hand out to her. A few people took offense...but I just ignore it...most others understand & back off. Just like you say then I have been doing the right thing & I need to keep it up. She is small & I like her just the way she is. Thanks again.


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