Training your Havanese is an important part of pet ownership. You don’t want an ill-mannered pooch, or one that keeps having accidents in your home, so in the two articles that follow we discuss Havanese obedience training and Havanese potty training (teaching your dog to ride a skateboard like that bulldog on the Internet goes beyond the scope of this article so you’re on your own with that).
Sit! Stay! Good Dog!
Having an obedient animal will not only make your life with your pet more satisfying but it provides benefits for him as well. Dogs need to know who’s in charge; when that’s unclear that often assume the leadership role (something you don’t want). Also, dogs have certain habits that need to be curtailed in a human environment. For example, you don’t want your dog jumping all over people who visit your home. Proper Havanese obedience training can help eliminate behaviors like this.
Some people prefer to say toilet training (I guess potty training sounds too childish to them?); but, since there’s no toilet involved in the process of teaching your dog where to go when they have to go, toilet training sounds a little weird. So, if you’re looking for information on how to train your Havanese to use a toilet, you’ve come to the wrong place. But, if you want information on how to best go about potty training your Havanese then you’re in the right place.
I’ve Got Some Good News And Some Bad News…
Which do you want first? Let’s go with the good news: obedience training your Havanese is likely to be a snap since they are highly intelligent and eager to please their owners. They also like to have attention centered on them and don’t mind doing tricks.
The bad news (and it’s not really bad) is that Havanese potty training typically takes a little longer as compared to other breeds. It can take a year or more to fully potty train your Havanese. They are smart dogs, but little dogs with little bladders and this can extend potty training time. Also, if you have a Havanese Rescue then your success will depend other factors such as how well your new dog was trained in the previous home.
As a Havanese owner it’s important to know when to start setting ground rules for your pet. No time like the present to start thinking about the rules.