Havanese Training Guide

Havanese Training Guide


 Havanese Training Guide Information: Carrying a happy and easy-going demeanor this little dog is intelligent and willing to learn, which makes them easy to train. They enjoy showing off and will even compete in agility, obedience, or be trained as terrific therapy dogs. They are easy to train, but are sensitive to harsh vocal tones, follow the instructions inside this guide and you will have a great companion. Beware of small dog syndrome by remaining in charge and enforcing the rules. This breed enjoys performing and is sturdier and tougher than they appear. Provide them with plenty of opportunities to play and entertain.

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To begin training your havanese dog, using your Havanese Training Guide , establish your alpha position from the moment you bring home your new dog or puppy, then slowly begin training the basics around six weeks to eight weeks age. Once your puppy realizes that you control schedules, toys, mealtimes and all the things he or she cherishes, he or she will respect you as the alpha in the family hierarchy.

Remember that all family members are above your dog. Leading as the alpha assists in working together with your dog towards the goal of understanding the rules of conduct and obedience. Your dog will be at ease when the rules are understood. Put your puppy on a schedule for feeding, potty times, walks and more. Be in control of toys and play time so that your Havanese understands that you control all good things. This is important, because if your puppy doesn’t have this structure early he or she will grow up thinking that they can do as they wish. No matter how wonderful and easy- going your little Havanese seems now, most likely that will change with age.

Begin gradually socializing your puppy from the time you bring him or her home. Proper early socialization that continues throughout your puppy’s lifetime will provide you with a well-adjusted dog that is able to handle almost any situation in a calm manner. Early, thorough, and continual socialization is important for your Havanese. You do not want your dog being territorial and wary of strangers, so it is important to expose them early to a variety of situations, animals, people, and places.

Socialization benefits you and your dog by providing you with a peace of mind and that you can expose your Havanese to different situations with the assurance that he or she will look to you for guidance in rules of etiquette for the indoor and outdoor world. Socialization is a foundation for all dogs throughout their lifetimes.

How to Train Your Havanese Puppy

Training should always be an enjoyable bonding time between you and your dog. Remember that all dogs are different, and that there is no set time limit for when your dog should learn, understand, and properly obey commands. Always have fun during training, remembering to keep your training sessions short and stop if either of you are tired or distracted. I always suggest beginning training new tricks or commands in an area of least distraction. I promote starting with rewards based clicker training and ending with vocal and or physical cues for your dog to follow.

If you notice any negative behavioral issues and are not quite sure if you are offering your dog the proper socialization and training necessary, do not hesitate to enter your puppy into a puppy kindergarten class to assist you with your training and socialization. The time to enroll your puppy is usually around eight to ten weeks of age and after their first round of shots, although some kindergarten classes will not accept puppies until they are three to four months of age.

Reward good behaviors, but do not reward for being cute, sweet, loveable, or huggable. If you wish to reward your dog, always reward after you issue a command and your dog obeys the command. During your training sessions, be sure to mix it up, add a variety of toys and treats, and do not forget to have fun. Remember to provide them with ample daily exercise to keep them fit, healthy, and to keep behavioral problems at bay. Provide consistent structure, firm authority, rule enforcement, love and affection, and you will have one heck of a dog for you and your family.
Enjoy your Havanese dog!

Havanese Facts:


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Country of Origin:Cuba
Other Names: Bichon Havanais, Havana Silk Dog, Bichon Havanese, Spanish Silk Poodle
Nicknames: Hav
Group: Toy, Toys, Companion

Size: Small
Height: 8.5-11.5 in (22-29cm)
Weight: 10-16lb (4.5-7.3kg)
Lifespan: 14-16yrs

Colors: Solid, pied, or brindle in almost all colors.
Coat: Long, soft and wavy. Long coats requiring brushing at a minimum of twice a week, many dog owners keep it clipped short, some owners also cord the coat, coat will mat without human grooming
Shedding: Little to none.
Apartment: Yes

Temperament: Gentle, affectionate, great companions, sociable, get along well with other animals.

Exercise: Average, daily walks and play, long daily walks are paramount for health.

Training: Easy to train, but they are sensitive to harsh vocal tones, follow the instructions inside this Havanese Training guide and you will have a great companion, beware of small dog syndrome -remain in charge and enforce the rules. This breed enjoys performing and is sturdier and tougher than they appear. Establish yourself in your alpha role as the controller of all things. Toys, schedules, play, and feeding are all controlled by you. Once you establish that you are capable of providing and leading, you are establishing your position. From here forward, be firm but fair, and consistent in your training. Always try to have some darn fun. If you or your dog becomes tired, quit and start another day, leave on a high note with praise and nice vocal tones.

Havanese Rescue

Havaneses are often acquired without any clear understanding of what goes into owning one, and these dogs regularly end up in the care of rescue groups, and are badly in need of adoption or fostering. If you are interested in adopting a Havanese, a rescue group is a good place to start. I have listed a few below. If you have the facilities and ability please rescue a dog and enjoy the rewarding experience that it offers both of you.


Animal Shelters

Havanese Rescue

Rescue Havanese Resource

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