Are Havanese Puppies Easily Trained? The Havanese is a wonderful breed with a rich history, but trainability can be subjective. Different training methods and styles
Clicker training is a form of operant conditioning, which itself is a type of learning process where behaviors are reinforced or discouraged through punishment or reinforcement. An example of operant conditioning would be a child touching a hot stove. The pain inflicted by the heat discourages them from performing the behavior again. Likewise, giving a child an allowance for doing chores encourages them to do their chores unasked next time.
Recall is an oft overlooked but very important skill for any dog to learn, including a Havanese! Whether you’re just calling your dog from across the house or you’re calling them off chasing a car down the street, recall is a vital skill for your Havanese to know for both their safety as well as your sanity.
You should not introduce your new puppy in surroundings where your current dog may be territorial or possessive. While introducing two dogs to each other for the first time, a neutral area outside of the home is ideal, but puppies cannot be on the ground in public places until their vaccinations at 16 weeks old. A friend’s home or your front yard can work as safe substitutes, but if those aren’t possible then choose somewhere indoors that your current dog doesn’t frequent.
While the Havanese is a gentle breed, as puppies they can be just as nippy and mouthy as any other breed! Absent their mother and littermates, any puppy will quickly fall back into a pattern of nipping. You want to stop this behavior young before your Havanese grows and their teeth become larger!
Although Havanese are a naturally friendly and sociable breed, good socialization is still important to help your puppy grow into a well-rounded adult dog! Your Havanese breeder will start this socialization process when your puppy is only a few days old, but it’s up to you to continue it once your puppy has come home!
Havanese are very affectionate and people-driven, and want to spend all their time with their person or people! Because of that, they can be prone to developing separation anxiety. If you have a Havanese puppy, then it’s wise to be preemptive and take steps to avoid them developing separation anxiety. If you have an adult Havanese who has already developed separation anxiety, then it’s never too late to start fixing it!
You should restrict your Havanese’s movement until they are reliably urinating and defecating outside again. An exercise pen is a good way to do this without fully crating them. Dogs will potty where they have pottied in the past, so you should make sure to clean up any past spots very thoroughly. If you have carpets, there are specially made cleaners to accomplish this.
Dogs pull on the leash to get to something they find interesting, and by giving into it and allowing them to pull you toward their spot or object of interest, they learn that pulling gets them what they want. So to fix leash pulling, you have to teach your Havanese that pulling won’t get them what they want!