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How to deal with Havanese aggressive behavior


How to deal with Havanese aggressive behavior.pngIf you own a Havanese you’ve certainly noticed that he has cheerful and outgoing temperament. This spirited pup can adapt to any circumstance if he stays in the company of his owner.  He loves to make you laugh and is very happy when he is the center of your attention. Havanese is a very clever, agile and easily trained breed that you can teach lot of entertaining tricks. He learns very quickly and is very energetic. He loves his owner very much and is known for being people-oriented and are extremely happy when he spends time with his owner. He is sturdy little pup that generally lives between 14 to 16 years, more than a usual dog. He has wavy and silky coat that protects him against hot climate.


     Well, you probably know that this breed is usually used in therapy because of his cheerful and social temperament. The interaction with this breed has proven beneficial effects on the physical and mental health of the people. 

     He is a very good watchdog as he has the tendency to bark at the slightest sound and he should be learned to stop barking when he is told to. He tends to bark when someone is coming and suddenly become friendly and welcome the visitor enthusiastically.

     You probably found out that Havanese can become nervous and shy if he doesn’t have the opportunity to meet other dogs and people during his puppyhood. He doesn’t like to stay alone and being neglected by his owner. If he is left alone for too long, he becomes lonely and bored and will dig, bark and chew different things. You shouldn’t overprotect him by another dogs and also pet him excessively.

     Usually, a Havanese doesn’t have major health problems. The Havanese dog breed has to live in a home, not outdoors. He requires lots of exercise because of his vitality and restlessness and he loves being carried and caressed. He will become shy and unable to get along with other dogs.

     He wants to be in your company and is not a possessive pup and he doesn’t suffer jealousy towards other dogs, pets or humans.

     He should be socialized with all kinds of people and environment since an early age. If he doesn’t socialize he can become shy around strangers. The owner should never treat him like babies and giving into all his wishes because he can develop unwanted behaviors.

Aggression behaviors

      Although he has many qualities, the Havanese can become aggressive and bark growl or attack his owner or other people or pets. These reactions have some hidden reasons: dominance, fear, defense of territory, pain, frustration or even overly enthusiastic play.
     You should know that the safest and most effective way to deal with the aggression consists of behavior modification under the guidance of a specialist. There are severe forms of aggression that have a hereditary cause and they are pathological, but rare.

     Aggression on dogs usually exhibit progressively in behaviors like:

- Becoming still and rigid
- Barking
- Mouthing a person or another animal in order to obtain control on him
- Growling
- Showing teeth
- Snarling, combining growling and showing teeth
- Snapping the mouth
- Nipping quickly without leaving a mark
- Biting – in various ways.

     Havanese pup can use several behaviors simultaneously and the owner doesn’t recognize the warning signs before the bite. Do you think your pup has suddenly become aggressive for no reason? You should know that a dog rarely bite without warning.

     Types of aggression


     The specialist identified many types of aggression that can help to a better understanding of the problem. The most common are:


- Dominance aggression occurs when a dog threatens or attacks people for correcting their behavior. It usually happen when they feel physical restraint or control of food.
- Fear aggression occurs when the dog is afraid. He often urinate or defecate during this situation. Although initially he is passive, he becomes aggressive if he notice he cannot avoid the frightening situation.
- Pain aggression is a protective reaction when a dog is in pain and he is touched or moved.
- Play aggression usually happens when he is playing.
- Possessive aggression occurs when a pup thinks that a person or animal may try to take him a nonfood object.
- Territorial aggression occurs when a dog protects a place from another person or animal.

     What has to be done

      You should think about the methods you can apply in order to change your pup’s aggressive behavior. Well, you can treat it if you didn’t manage to prevent it. Behavior modification therapy is the most common and successful method, but it can be made only by a behavior specialist. Never punish the aggression.

     As Havanese pup is small sized he is not frightening and he can’t inflict significant damages. Furthermore, if the pup is young you can easily treat him of aggression. But, pups that have already bitten present a higher risk and an insurance liability than those that do not bite which are safer.

     You should become aware of the fact that the ability to manage and treat your dog’s aggression can be affected by how often the dog is exposed to his target of aggression. Also, if you can find the triggers that cause dog’s aggression you can easily manage them. You should also pay attention to how easy is to motivate the pup during the training. You should involve rewards for good behavior.

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