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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-31-2012, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Havanese Scared of EVERYTHHING!!

I have a 9 month old little baby at home. Her name is Aria. She is great with random kids but is scared of everything and everyone. I wanted to know how to train her to overcome all her fears and become an outgoing havanese like all the others I see. It seems dreadful if we have someone come over because she wont stop barking or growling when guests come over. I know havanese are natural watchdogs but does she have to constantly bark and growl for 2 hours straight! Thanks so much for all the comments I really want her not to be scared of everything.
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wow, sounds like you need to get a trainer in asap!!
How long have you had her? Was she a rescue? If from a breeder, did you MEET the breeder, the dogs? See where the puppies were raised?
IF Havanese come from loving, safe breeders they will typically become the happy, 'outgoing havanese like all the others' you see. HOWEVER alot can happen when the pup is young that can set her up for life time fears, happy, outgoing puppies don't just 'happen' they are MADE!! ... you really need a trainer at this point to help you help your puppy!! Hopfully Dave will chime in soon!!!

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Yikes.. I see a trainer in your future. Choose one that will come to your home.

After the trainer gives you some guidelines, bribe your dog-savvy friends to come over and help introduce her to the niceness of strangers. (Approved strangers have treats!! ) Just make sure your friends understand the rules.

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wow, sounds like you need to get a trainer in asap!!
How long have you had her? Was she a rescue? If from a breeder, did you MEET the breeder, the dogs? See where the puppies were raised?
IF Havanese come from loving, safe breeders they will typically become the happy, 'outgoing havanese like all the others' you see. HOWEVER alot can happen when the pup is young that can set her up for life time fears, happy, outgoing puppies don't just 'happen' they are MADE!! ... you really need a trainer at this point to help you help your puppy!! Hopfully Dave will chime in soon!!!
Well we had her since 8 weeks, the breeder was very nice. My hav came from a healthy litter and she was in a pretty big group when we met her and all the other dogs (including the mom) I don't know why she is scared!!! So the breeder WAS breeding very healthy pups our vet has said the breeders puppies were very healthy. So I know the breeder is very reliable. Aria was raised in her house in a big Ex-Pen with her brothers and sisters around 5 other dogs and 2 from another litter and she didn't seem scared... I'm really confused on this and I will start looking into a trainer VERY SOON! Thanks so much!
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Yikes.. I see a trainer in your future. Choose one that will come to your home.

After the trainer gives you some guidelines, bribe your dog-savvy friends to come over and help introduce her to the niceness of strangers. (Approved strangers have treats!! ) Just make sure your friends understand the rules.
Thanks for the help I really hope she doesn't stay like this forever because I want another dog but I want to wait till little Aria wont be scared.
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interesting, was she timid as a tiny puppy?? did anything happen that could have scared her?

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I agree, training right away. Ted (14 weeks) started class last night and hid behind my legs for about 5 minutes. He hadn't really been around any dogs before this because he hadn't had his shots. Just that 5 minutes did it and his shyness was gone. Our first class the trainer, didnt want physical contact between them because she wanted all the pups just to enjoy seeing each other and seeing that there was no threat. I believe pups should go into training as soon as possible when you get them. Just like kids, they soak up the learning like a sponge!

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Just thought, another thing that helps is to bring your pup out in public. Everyone wants to pet Havanese pups and will ask. With your direction and assurance, let them pet Aria. When she reacts well, reward her with a treat. These little guys will do anything for a treat. I find just take little steps to get up to the big steps. Reward a calm pup when a stranger comes in. Give the strangers treats to give Aria so that she sees strangers are a good thing. Havanese are smart, she will catch on.

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Where did I read that someone took their pup to Home Depot and just walked around with the puppy in the baby part of the cart and let the pup see all the action and people and if someone wanted to pet them, to let them. After a few visits, the dog actually was wagging his tail to go in the store. I think that's a great, easy idea for socialization in the beginning with numerous strangers.
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I went to a touristy town near my house and every second person wanted to pet him or acknowledged him. When I first put him down on the side walk he cowered but I kept bribing him to walk with treats and before you knew it he was walking along happily smelling everything and wagging his little tail. They just need to see that we have showed them that its ok!

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