Breeders, keepers, importers and lovers of Havanese dogs
Training your Havanese is an important part of pet ownership. The Havanese is both trainable and very intelligent with a sweet, non-quarrelsome disposition. Havanese training will be as simple and enjoyable as you make it to be. This is a breed that learns quickly and is eager to please you. Thus, you can use their cleverness to your advantage and help them develop into the model companion you want him to be.
Motivation is perhaps the most important factor in successful positive reinforcement training. Because you are not forcing your dog to learn, you have to find a way to help her want to learn, by using motivators, or rewards. Fortunately, most dogs are willing to work for a reward, so finding motivators that work is usually fairly easy
Food is a primary motivator for most animals, including dogs. It works well for training, (especially for teaching new behaviours) because many dogs are strongly motivated by it, you can use small pieces that are quickly eaten so the dog can get back to the task at hand, and because you can link food to a "bridge" or "marker". Praise, both voice praise and patting, can be good rewards that work well once the dog has learned the new behaviour. Looking at your dog is also a reward for a dog has learned that eye contact is positive attention.
Timing is an important key to success in training with positive reinforcement techniques. It is important to reward the dog (with a Click! or "Yes!") at the exact moment she is doing something right, then follow quickly (or a little later, for a more advanced dog) with a food reward. The better your timing, the more it will all make sense to your dog, and the more quickly she will learn. It is astounding how quickly a motivated dog can learn with a human who has good timing.
Name Response - your dog's name does not mean come. It simply means “Look at me and wait for further instructions. While your dog is looking at you, say her name and offer a treat. Crick! or say "Yes!" as she looks at you. Do this several times to "condition", the dog to the reward marker and the treat when you say her name. When you think the dog is conditioned, wait until she looks away and say her name. If she looks back at you right away, click! or say “Yes!” and give a treat. If she doesn't look at you, spend more time conditioning her to her name. When she will look at you on cue, click! and reward ,several times at random intervals while she is looking at you to teach her that is rewarding to keep looking at you.
Below are some training guidelines to teach your Havanese some important commands and behaviours: