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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.
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!
I didn't just get havanese, I got a lifestyle!
Loving Havanese since 2003