Having a dog as cute and playful as the havanese will surely bring lots of excitement and fun to your household. But having a dog such as the havanese is more than just excitement and fun. Along with being a dog owner is a number of responsibilites that must be carried out in order to have healthy and happy four-legged member of the family. One of the responsibilities is training, specifically havanese training for your havanese.
Though the havanese is considered to have high degree of intelligence, that does not necessarily mean that training is not needed anymore. Regardless of the breed’s intelligence, training is always an important part of a dog’s life. It is best to start your havanese training the moment you bring Fido home. Start off with introduction and familiarization. The new family member must be introduced to other members of the family including other pets if there is any.
In order to make training less difficult, understand communication from your pet. A confused, stressed, nervous, distracted or excited dog is not able to learn efficiently so it helps if you understand the signals he is trying to show. A dog may also show signals such as sniffing, circling or squatting every time he needs to urinate or defecate. Understanding these signals is helpful during potty training.
Breeders should have already socialized the puppies before sending them to their permanent homes. But if that is not the case, it is not yet late to socialize your pup. Social investigation and playful fighting must be allowed during this period so as to help them develop social relationships.
Regardless of the training technique used, it must be known that physical punishment should not be used as a mean to train a dog. Hitting the dog or rubbing his nose in the spot where he committed accident will only result to behavior problems such as aggression.