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Reassurance for new owners and puppy owners...

Hi, I'm Riki Tiki Tavi and I'll be six years old on November 2. I started out in the world as a black and white puppy with a little silver around the outside of my eyes that made me look a bit like a raccoon. I was full of energy, scared of big dogs, and did not know how to walk on a leash, stay alone, or use the potty outside. Now I'm silver and white and I can do all sorts of amazing things because my mom got me early training and added a second dog when I was close to a year old.

My owner contacted the local havanese club and got the names of some folks who had havanese to mentor her and also found a group that did havanese training together. We were really lucky. Every week for several years I went to group training where I learned conformation but before that just standard leash walking, sit and stay, come and all the good stuff. I learned agility and rally obedience. And do you know my mom makes me practice tricks every day and still gives me a treat when I go potty outside. I'm not a show dog but I can stack like the best of them, have my teeth looked at, and paws touched. You can ask me to leave it and I'll give you my toy or my food.

My mom also took me to group training with bigger dogs so I could get used to them. They are the same as me only bigger. And I am smarter in my honest opinion, I always get the tricks first! If you get a good trainer, you will do a good job because you like to please!

My mom wouldn't let me off the leash for the first six months until I was potty trained. I was either by her side, in the crate, or outside. She watched me like a hawk, and I got it! I can go anywhere and not pee. Unless there is an intact male dog, and then I have to be watched cuz I just cannot resist marking where someone intact has marked. My mom was very consistent and meant business, the trainer taught her how. At first mom thought she was being mean, but I needed to learn that mom was alpha, not me...and then I could relax. Mom read a lot of books and did a lot of training at home. I liked it because i like to be busy, the only thing I have ever torn up in the house is toilet paper!

I used to be called the energizer bunny by my trainer and I was fiesty. But my mom's dedication and effort worked for me. My mom took me to the elementary school every morning and every afternoon to pick up our daughter so I was very socialized with kids. We still go to parks and I do tricks for little kids and let them "train" me. I think we train the kids more on how to treat a dog.

I also went to a lot of dog shows and the dog park to meet bigger dogs so I could overcome my fear of them. I still only go nuts over dogs that aren't trained, I am fine energetically with those that are. I am warning my owner to be aware! We still practice this on a regular basis so I don't forget.

I've had ear infections, eaten a pillow and got really sick, and got neutered. And went through all of this and got well fast. I am a dog and I don't like to be treated like a toy or a baby, which means I want to stay on the ground. All that cute stuff my mom bought for me was a waste of money.

And for the grooming. Okay I hate it and I try to hide...but I stay on my side because my mom tells me to stay and I do. I don't dare growl or act up cuz I know my mom is the boss. And I get really good treats when I am good. Even chicken sometimes.

So you see, I do prefer to have another dog around, I like to have a job, I like to be a follower, and I like to play. I tell my mom when I need to go outside by scratching on the door, and I do sleep with her.

Things get better. Being a puppy can be rough as you have so much energy and need to learn so much. And hey, we are a companion breed and we like to be with you.

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Riki Tiki Tavi

PS My mom wasn't as strict with our girl havanese, and she doesn't know half of what I do! All she does is roll over and dance. Hah!
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Did I tell you how handsome I am?

Forgot to mention that I am actually quite handsome as well!

Oh yeah, my trainer says a well-trained dog has more freedom. We even learned boundary training so we don't go out of the car, out of the door, or in the street without permission. How cool is that!

Riki and Daisy too

Oh our cat died this week, but we never chased him. We actually shared our bowl and food with him. Daisy actually used to sleep with him, but I don't like to be touched when I am sleeping so I didn't. Our mom says leave it when she wants us to drop something or stop doing something. She only had to say this to us about the cat when he was eating cat treats because we aren't supposed to eat that stuff.
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Get a mentor....

There are lots of lovely people on this list who have really good dogs. Perhaps they will share what worked for them too. Just don't keep changing what you do, find one way to go and keep doing that cuz otherwise we get confused.

I will tell you this, consistency is key! I like it when I know what is going on, and I can read my mom cuz I watch everything she does.

Worry makes me and your dog nervous. Enjoy puppyhood, it goes by so fast. Havanese are little but sturdy, we aren't toys...we are DOGS!

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Riki you are very wise and too cute!

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That was so cute and so touching...and so isn't Riki. I think that is how my Bentley will end up looking eventually and I would love it if he does. He silvers every time I look at him and he just melts my heart.

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Daisy Lu's rebuttal...

Oh brother Riki, like a man, it's all about you and what you can do!

Well, I started out black and white and I STAYED black and white! I am faster at running than you and way, way calmer. I never bark hardly cuz you do enough for the both of us even though you stop when mommy tells you too.

I am way more petite, and I eat and drink much more dainty. I take my food across the room and eat it a piece at a time. And I am a lap dog which people really like! So I don't do all the tricks you do because I am scared of those agility heights, but I can jump up on the kitchen table which you cannot do. I can jump up on the couch when there is only a tiny spot to land as I am more agile.

And hey, I was spayed, and I turned out fine...and that was way more serious than a simple neuter. So there. I don't like to be without you Riki as you have always been my toy. I don't have toys like you do, just you.

I was sweeter to the cat and did enjoy sleeping next to him. I also don't steal your bones or toys like you do to me! And Riki do you have to pee every twenty feet? I just go once and I am done, you just pee and pee and pee and pee on our walks even if nothing comes out. So Riki, really quit bragging.

Our mom loves me too, and yes, I have had a pee accident or two as mom wasn't as stict with me although I have a feeling she wishes she was. I was just so petite, and adorable.

Not that you aren't adorable Riki, cuz I love you dearly. Just wanted people to know that I am trained too!
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Love your posts!

Bella has been going to dog school since she was a puppy. She is now two and still goes because she loves it so much! Bella's best friend is the trainer's Rottweiler - she loves him and he loves her. He tries to sneak off his bed whenever she comes in.

Bella prefers Big dogs to small dogs. I'm not sure why unless she doesn't like the competition.

Bella sounds a bit like Riki if she comes across a dog that isn't as balanced as she thinks he should be she tries to take control - we are working on this too. Bella also hates to be groomed! I also wasted a lot of money on clothes for her too. She prefers to just be a cute dog. She especially hated the ducky bathrobe and slippers.

For all the new puppy owners it does get easier. Just keep up the training and be consistent.

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Well said Maria...

For all the new puppy owners it does get easier. Just keep up the training and be consistent.


Even if you aren't a dog!
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The day we both came home...

Both of us were 11 weeks old when we came to our new home. Our doggy mom had taught us about bite inhibition and some other good stuff before we left our brothers and sisters. We did cry a bit the first night, but our mom put our crate right next to and level with her bed, so we were okay after that. We only cried after that to tell her we needed to pee. We had tiny bladders, so we couldn't hold it all day or all night like we can now.

But the older dogs in our havanese group put us in our place. At first our mom thought that they were being mean, but they had to teach us not to jump up on them or try to dominate them. That is sort of how we would learn in a pack.

When we play, we sound like we are fighting, but we aren't. As soon as one of us yelps, we stop.

Just like when we were with our mommy, our hu-mom learned to make a sound or yelp if we pinched her with our tiny, sharp teeth. So we learned it hurt her and we stopped!

See we learn fast if you learn our language! And remember in doggy language putting an arm over or hugging in a sign of aggression. When your human kids do this, it scares us as we cannot read them well, and they move too fast. We would prefer if they sit on the ground and call us to them, that is the way we like it. We don't particularly like to be picked up and carried, especially by little kids. They are just too inconsistent! Sometimes we growl, we aren't being mean, just telling them we don't like it!

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Riki, I wished my Mommy knew about that kid thing! Kids are always coming up to me and trying to pet my head and I am not real sure about that, because I always turn my head up to see what is going on!

Little kids just make me nervous! I think if I could come to the little kids when they called me, I just might get better being around them! Thanks Riki for letting my Mom know this!

Oh! I am real feisty too!

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