Breeders, keepers, importers and lovers of Havanese dogs
If you are dealing with a Havanese puppy, then the chewing might be a sign that he is teething. Chewing is the puppy’s way to numb the pain and to help get the teeth to push through. You can help him with this by allowing him to chew on chew toys made for dogs.
One way to have them chew the right thing is to catch them in the act of chewing an object they are not supposed to and immediately bring over a toy that they can chew. Then praise them when they switch over to chewing the object you give them. This will enforce the behavior that it is ok to chew certain things.
When you first bring your Havanese Puppy home he might feel confused by his new surroundings and it may cause him some stress. Allow the puppy a day or two to get accustomed to you and his new environment before you introduce him to friends and neighbours.
If this is the puppy’s first trip in a car, the strange sights, sounds, and smells can be frightening. Take some time to let your new puppy get his bearings before you head for home.
Cover your lap and upholstery with a towel or sheet. Even after you’ve taken every precaution, puppies can get carsick so be prepared.
If your puppy whines or cries, don’t punish him or be overly affectionate. The later will only reinforce the behaviour. Pet him softly and let the situation diffuse itself. If your puppy gets too noisy or unruly, set him in the floor at your feet. This area is den-like and the vibrations from the road may soothe him.
As soon as you bring puppy home, take him to the area you’ve established for bathroom breaks. He’ll probably need to go after the car ride. If he does eliminate, praise him to start the housetraining process on a good note.
When you bring your puppy indoors, let him explore on his own for a while. If you’ve taken the time to puppy proof your home, he should be safe but keep an eye out. If your puppy gets into something he shouldn’t or chews on an object that’s off-limits, don’t punish him. Simply exchange the object for something you’ve designated as chewable, such as a rawhide or nylon bone.
Whenever your puppy focuses his attention on you, either by looking up at you or following you, say his name cheerfully. This connects his name to paying attention to you and marks you as pack leader, which is extremely important for obedience training.
Leaving its mother and littermates will probably bring about some form of separation anxiety. However, this can be greatly diminished if you plan your schedules so you are with the puppy constantly for the first 3 to 4 days. Some authors suggest leaving the puppy alone and give it time to itself to adjust to the new surroundings. We disagree.
In our homes, we plan for this introductory period by keeping the puppy involved with plenty of attention from children and other family members through every one of its waking moments. When we aren’t with the puppy, she is eating, sleeping or going to the bathroom. You’ll be amazed how time spent in this manner will speed up the housebreaking process. If the children are young or are not familiar with how to handle puppies, you should spend some time with them during these first few days explaining common sense rules on how to play with the pup.
One thing to bear in mind is that most pups go through a ‘mouthy’ stage. This is perfectly normal and is simply an extension of the puppy learning about his environment. It doesn’t mean you have chosen a vicious dog. It is especially important that you teach children how to deal with a mouthy pup in a positive manner and not a punitive one.
Take up any food or water after six or seven o’clock to make sure your puppy is running on empty when it’s time to sleep. Otherwise, you’ll be making trips to the bathroom all night, or worse, your puppy will eliminate in the house.
Shortly before you go to bed, spend some time playing with your puppy. You want him to be tired enough to sleep soundly. Definitely don’t let him nap within an hour or two of bedtime or else your puppy will be ready to play when you’re ready to sleep.
Just before bed, take your puppy outside to his soiling area and wait for him to go. When he does praise him and bring him back inside. This reinforces good behaviour and begins the house training process.
If possible, you should let your puppy sleep in your bedroom to reduce the chances of whining or crying at night. Also, the constant contact throughout the night will help your puppy adjust to you and establish you as pack leader.
Get up right away and take your puppy outside to his soiling area. Carry him. Don’t let him walk there or he may be tempted to go before he gets outside. Let him empty everything out, and praise him when he’s finished.
As with any new baby, you may not get much sleep the first night with puppy. If you’re patient and understanding, your puppy will learn what you expect of him when it’s time to sleep. You both should wake up rested and ready for the day after a few nights together.