Telling a puppy "no", "bad girl", or worse, holding her mouth shut are all doomed to failure. She has NO idea what "no" or "bad girl" mean, and holding her mouth shut or talking in a gruff tone of voice is simply scary for her. Think about it... would you do these things to an infant? Because that's what she is right now.
You need to find a POSITIVE trainer to come in, look at the dynamics of what is going on, and help you and especially your wife develop a better relationship with this little girl. It is NOT the puppy's fault at this age. If you feel that you need to send her back to the breeder, so be it, but if so, PLEASE do not get another puppy, because you don't yet have the skill set to raise one properly.
Yes, Havanese, in general have wonderful dispositions. There are exceptions, but if you got this puppy from a good breeder, and especially at the young age you got her, she should be abundantly trainable. But they ARE "soft" dogs, who can be easily intimidated by rough treatment. (even if it is verbal, not physical) Spend some money on working with a good trainer now, and you'll see the pay off in many years of life with a delightful companion!
We recently became proud parents of a Havenese puppy a few weekends ago. She was 9 weeks old when we wound up picking her up from the breeder. Since we've already gained so much knowledge from these forums I was hoping someone could help us out.
Up until the past few days our little pup has been behaving quite well with both myself and my wife. We knew when we looked in to this breed that they were well known for doing well with all people.
However, just recently our puppy has been displaying extremely aggressive / scary behaviors towards my wife. My wife is a teacher so she has had the pleasure of being able to stay home all day with the puppy since she has the summer off. We initially thought she would grow very close with my wife due to the amount of time she'd have with her over myself. Unfortunately, this has turned out to be quite the opposite. Anytime my wife tries to take the pup out for her 'potty time' she winds up attacking her feet / ankles. When she tries to get her to stop with a very firm 'NO' the dog will literally sit down, growl intensely, and bark at her in a very aggressive demeanor. Any attempt from my wife to pick the pup up to take back in is met with even more growling. This just recently started happening and didn't exist a few days ago. Occasionally she'll display this same behavior towards my wife while inside the house.
It's as if something switched on in the pups heads which makes her feel she can act this way towards my wife. It's truly testing our patience and we will attempt some personal training to see if it gets better but we are both close to our breaking point and considering returning her to the breeder.
Has anyone else experienced this? Is there something we can do? Any attempt at "NO" or "BAD GIRL", holding her mouth, etc. fails. She simply will continue to do it.
Please, any help will be greatly appreciated!