Separation Anxiety in your Havanese

Published: 23rd May 2011
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Havanese dogs have extremely pleasant personalities. They are friendly, energetic, but above all, loyal animals. Thus, it is no wonder that as companion dogs, Havanese dogs grow to be highly dependent on their masters. This is the main reason why dogs of this breed are prone to separation anxiety. For the most part, a desire to go wherever their owner goes builds within their consciousness.

But since it isnít always possible to take our dogs with us wherever we go, this little trait of theirs may prove to be a problem. Due to the distress of being away from you for long periods of time, you may find your Havanese resorting to various destructive behaviors such as excessive barking, having uncharacteristic accidents such as peeing, and chewing on home furniture.

Before anything else, it is important to understand what is causing this destructive behavior. As part of their natural instinct, dogs find being a part of a pack as their norm. Once they are separated from their "pack," they feel stressed or agitated. To a certain extent, they feel a sense of detachment or abandonment whenever you leave them alone for long periods of time. As a result, they struggle to cope with these feelings by turning to destructive behavior.

Lucky for you, there are a few ways to keep this anxiety problem in check. Havanese dogs are quite clever in a sense that they pick up on certain acts that pertain to the source of their agitation. For example, it may be part of your routine to pick up your keys right before leaving. As soon as your Havanese hears your keys clanking, it may begin to bark or howl. As such try to change up your routine to get around things.

Do not give your Havanese extra attention before leaving. Try to act as neutral as possible before leaving and once you return. Giving them extra attention during these times may encourage their undesirable behavior. Acting as neutral as possible will help them adjust to the situation better.

Try to get your Havanese used to the situation gradually. If he/she starts to bark the moment you leave, try to come back after a certain amount of time. Repeat this method and go for longer periods of time, gradually. This will change your Havís expectations on how long you will be gone and will eventually get him/her used to you being away for longer periods of time. As a rule, try not to come back in the room until it stops barking so as not to encourage that behavior.

Let your Havanese know that it wonít get what it wants by whining. Separation anxiety is a common problem among all dogs. So long as you start training early, preferably as a puppy, helping them get over this trait shouldnít be a problem. All your dogs really need from you is a little patience and understanding, two things that are nothing compared to the unconditional love that they give us.

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Camille Goldin, talks about why a Havanese suffers from separation anxiety and how to control this. provides information on finding a good breeder and a Puppy .

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