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So Lola, whom I've had for two months now, is my first Havanese and my second dog ever, and most likely last (I'm 55). I got my first dog less than two years ago so it's all been a big learning experience for me. I made a lot of mistakes with my first (wish I knew then what I know now) that I'm having to backtrack and correct. Since I'm not an experienced dog owner, I'm looking to you here for suggestion and/or comments on some things.

Lola has zero interest in toys. I've tried to engage her multiple times with every kinda of everything, but other than a one-time short-lived romp with a ball, she'll just smell it, and if it doesn't have a food smell, she'll walk away. She does play with my other dog, Watson, non-stop. He loves all toys, but she'll just watch him. Obviously, this isn't a huge concern, but I don't know if any one else has this experience. She's five months old, and has never played with anything other than a paper bag or hair brush. She also has never messed with anything in the house, so I should count my blessings here.

Alerting to potty. Any tips? I tried the bells, but the cat thought they were way too much fun to bat around all hours of the day and night, defeating the purpose. She's only had two pee accidents in the past two weeks, and one was definitely my fault in that I'd fallen asleep and didn't know I was napping. The other was when we'd just come in from outside. I'd love to train her to let me know, but I don't know how.

Vocalizing. OMG! She's non-stop! It's hilarious, but it sounds like a cross between singing and growling and crazy, not-of-this-world noises. I've taken her to day care a couple times to give Watson a break and introduce her to new dogs and people on her own, and when I picked her up, the owner was like...."uh...she has some....er....interesting noises...what's that about?" She also tries to sass me when told "no" or physically removed from someplace like the cat litter box when she WANTS it. I'm nipping that one in the bud, but she's a feisty, bossy little girl that has no problem telling anyone anything, including the cat. Is this a breed thing? I've been treating her when calm and quiet, and she seems to be getting it, but I've never heard anything like it before.

Transporting in a car. Maybe I'm a bad momma, but I've always just put my other in the car seat next to me, and he's never budged except to look out the window. She's now just in the seat with him, and they're fine. I am starting to think I should consider other options, but what to you do?

That's it for now. She's been a little star in puppy class, picked up on everything super fast and does wait and stay better than my two-year-old dog. She starts Canine Good Citizens class in a couple hours, and I need to get a bow on her head. Wish me luck


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That's interesting about the vocalizations. Willow does a lot of deep growling to get our attention. Almost sounds like she's moaning. Other than that, she does just the normal sounds - nothing unusual. (Now my corgi and all sorts of sounds. Almost sounded like Chewbacca on the old Star Wars.) Willow will also sass me when I try to tell her "no". She kind of scowls at me and will bark and growl! I'm hoping it's just the adolescence in her and that she'll grow out of it.

As far as transporting, it is much safer for the dog (and you) if she is in a crate or something like that. Think about what could happen to her if you were in an auto accident. Maybe a window would break open or a door pop open. You don't want to lose her plus a crate would help restrain her in an accident.

I can't help you with the toys. Willow loves all toys and will make a toy out of whatever she finds lying around (dirty socks, TV remote, water bottle)!



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My boys make noises that are very different, although both are Havanese. The Bandit does a "bow-wow-wow" kind of bark, while the Ninja is more of a "Ruff-ruff" but it is really cute. The Ninja is more of a watch dog and protects the exterior of our house fearlessly from toads. He is not mean to them, he just barks at them and likes to see them hop. He pokes them with his big nose and tries to force them to hop away. Usually they stand their ground because although he thinks he is terrifying, they think he is a harmless little teddy bear. My little guys' personalities are completely different, but they are so cute and funny. They love one another very much and enjoy a good running game mixed with some MMA battling. Potty training was difficult and my guys just sit at the door and I have to watch for them because they don't usually make noises when they have to go out. They expect me to just know.

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I think Lola and Truffles must be related! Scout has always been very quiet and only occasionally barks. That's a regular dog bark. Truffles has been growling since she was a puppy. I was concerned at first, but realized it was how she communicated. She would pick up a toy and run around growling. When I arrive home she will growl and pick up a toy. Then she continues to growl with the toy in mouth and jumps until I pick her up. When she gets very excited she makes a yipping sound. It is so funny! I have to admit that I taught her to howl. It's pretty cute because she throws her head back and has a very high pitched howl. She is definitely the boss around here!

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is my first Havanese and my second dog ever, and most likely last (I'm 55).
I predict there is at least one, maybe two more Havanese in your future!
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Lola has zero interest in toys.
Ricky has his own toy basket. He chooses whatever toy he is interested at the time. Sometimes he is not interested at all in toys. Sometimes he just wants to engage and play with his Momi and Popi, like tickle me, chase me, "find it" game, or whatever. It all varies from day to day.
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She's five months old, and has never played with anything other than a paper bag or hair brush. She also has never messed with anything in the house, so I should count my blessings here.
Ricky has a fetish for women's underwear! He likes to wrap himself in them. I think we need to take him to a psychiatrist! Your Havadoggie sounds completely normal.

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Alerting to potty. Any tips?
Ricky just sits facing the door and looks back at us over his shoulder. That is his cue. But most of the time we just take him out to the yard every once in a while - at least every four hours.
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Vocalizing. OMG! She's non-stop! It's hilarious, but it sounds like a cross between singing and growling and crazy, not-of-this-world noises.
Ricky has a big vocabulary - from barks, arfs, yowls, howls, yips, yaps, gurgles, chortles, moans, groans, and growls. He doesn't do this all the time, just when he has something to communicate to us. And he has been very successful teaching us his vocabulary!
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She also tries to sass me when told "no" or physically removed from someplace like the cat litter box when she WANTS it.
Remember the song, "Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets!". Ricky will "sass" whenever his routine is disrupted and he doesn't mind lettings us know how upset this makes him. We avoid telling him "no." Instead we distract him with something positive - game, toy, encouragement, picking him up and cuddling, or just leaving him alone. Your Lola sounds like an "alpha female" and there is nothing wrong with that. Our daughter's Aussie is an alpha female and she is just like her Moma!
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PUT HER IN A HARNESS CONNECTED TO A SEATBELT! Sorry for shouting.
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She's been a little star in puppy class, picked up on everything super fast and does wait and stay better than my two-year-old dog.
Your Lola sounds like a typical Havanese! Enjoy her and all the love, comfort, and, enjoyment she is going to bring to your life!

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Molly started off by sitting quietly by the door when she had to go out. This sign was not very helpful to me if I didn't happen to notice her sitting there! Lucky for me she changed her cue. If I am sitting she will jump up on my lap and start bobbing her little head in my face. If I am standing she will stand up on my legs to let me know. With a younger dog I wouldn't expect a sign and I definitely would not wait for one. Just take them out every couple of hours when you are home with them. Hopefully the sign you want will come in time.



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