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How to Train a Havanese Puppy

 

 

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Havanese Training

Havanese training doesn’t have to be a difficult process because the Havanese Puppy learns quickly.  That said, just because they are clever and have an aptitude for learning doesn’t mean that you can teach them using any technique or without a plan. They are smart and will sometimes outsmart you! Persistance and rewards are key.

Four Things You Must Know For Easy Training

Steps for successful Havanese training:

  • Socialize your puppy – Although they are naturally social animals who tend to like everyone, if they are not properly introduced to people or other pets when a puppy, they can develop a timid personality that may make them standoffish or suspicious of strangers.  Therefore, they should be provided with different experiences including meeting visitors in your home, strangers in public, children, other dogs, etc.

  • Firm, gentle commands – Havanese training needs to be done with a calm and positive approach.  Yelling or thundering at your pet will only deter him from learning and cause him to fear or resent being taught.  When you give commands, keep your voice firm and steady, do not scold him if he doesn’t perform as you want and be sure to praise him enthusiastically when he follows through!

  • Remain constant in your technique – Regardless of the commands or tricks you teach, if you want training of your Havanese to run smoothly you need to instruct him using the same steb-by-step approach.  This includes using the same verbal commands and hand signals and making certain others do as well.

  • Don’t give a command unless you mean it – If you give your puppy an order, make sure he does it.  If he doesn’t, you need to correct him right away by physically making him obey.  For instance, if you tell him to sit and he does not within a few seconds, take your hand and gently push his bottom to the floor while repeating the command. The give a reward. Repeating the command over and over and/or allowing him to ignore you gives him the message that you’re not serious and he can do what he wants.  Your goal is to make him respond every time you tell him.

Another Havanese Helpful Hint:

You may be tempted to 'baby' your puppy, by always holding him in your arms when he demands your attention.  Yes, he is small and yes he is cute but if you want havanese training to work to your benefit you don’t ever want him to develop aggressive or possessive behaviour traits or feel that he has control over you. This can lead to negative consequences making him feel he is above your authority. Remember, if don't demand respect, he won’t listen and you will lose control.

Other than these simple techniques, training can be fun. Setaside a paritcular time each day for training. When your puppy appears that he is losing your attention, stop for the day.

Have fun and you will have love and respect for each other.

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