For those of you who are experienced dog owners, the term “one person dog” shouldn’t be anything new to you. But for those that who don’t already know the meaning, I am going to define it in a short and clear way just in a moment. Not only is the definition of such term kind of interesting, I find it a fascination topic to talk about. For those of you have are potential future Havanese owners, you may want to know the answer of the following common question. Are Havanese one person dogs? Why does that matter? Let’s cut to the chase right now.
What are One Person Dogs
A one-person dog is a dog that only attaches to one person. It is actually very common for a dog to be overly attached to one specific member of the whole family. For example, your dog may be very attached to you but not as much to your husband and kids. That has a lot to do with who spend the most time with him, with playtime counting double roughly speaking. There are of course some exceptions. A dog can be attached to someone that doesn’t spend that much time with him. That’s actually very similar to us as human. When we are see a person a lot and spend a lot of time with him or her, we usually get quite attached to the person. But there are also times that we can be attached to someone we see only briefly, like a few times a day. Having a crush on someone is an example of being emotionally attached to someone that you may not spend that much time with. Anyway, back to dogs, if the attachment to one specific person is so obvious and so severe that he is whining when the person is not around, we call this dog a one-person dog.
Havanese Don’t Let to be Alone but They are Not One Person Dogs
Havanese is not super independent like other dog breeds. They are considered as dogs that don’t like being alone. In other words, they like to people play or exercise with them. On the other hand, they are not as picky as what the typical one person dogs. What I mean is that they usually would be as happy playing with you as playing with your spouse or kids. At least it is not so obvious that they will whine when their favorite person is not around. So, just to be clear, don’t confuse a one-person dog with a dog that like to be around with people. But keep in mind that there is always exception. If your Havanese happens to be one that is considered as a one-person dog, it may take some training to reduce that over attachment.
The Great Thing about Havanese Not Being a One Person Dog
There are huge benefits that come with the fact that Havanese is not a one-person dog. Let’s first consider what it is like to take care of a one-person dog. Let’s assume that you like with your spouse and your kids and you have a busy job. If your dog is overly attached to you and you only, that means that you have to be the one that take your dog to a walk, say a 45-minute walk even if you are already exhausted. Let’s now assume the opposite. Assume that your dog is a Havanese, not a one-person dog, you can easily have your kids and your spouse play with your Havanese when you are having a busy or even rough work day. I am not saying that it is not fun to play with Havanese after a busy day, but it is certain a luxury to make this optional and that, at the same time, you are sure that your beloved Havanese is still having a lot of fun.
Things Don’t Matter as Much if You Live Alone. Or is it?
Although I have mentioned that it is nice to have your other family members to share the job of playing and exercising with your Havanese, it doesn’t really seem to matter if you live by yourself. In fact, a lot of Havanese owners live by themselves and they are perfectly fine and fit being the one that walk and play with their Havanese regardless of having a tired day or not. But there is a also a reality that they are ignoring. I would roughly bet that, without detailed research, about half of the people who live alone now would no longer live alone in three years, so you have to grateful that Havanese is not really a one-person dog so he will adapt to your future other half pretty smoothly.
How to Train Your Havanese to Be Less Attached to You If He is an Exception
If your Havanese happens to be an exception that he is indeed a one-person dog, don’t worry too much as some training can help. Indeed, I won’t even call that training as it has more to do with arrangement of how you and your other family member shares the duty of taking care of your Havanese. Here are some quick tips for you.
Sharing Chores with Your Family Members Would Gain Them Some Love
Let’s say you live with your spouse. It is advisable if you share the chores like feeding your Havanese, cleaning up for your Havanese, etc. It is very interesting that your Havanese can actually kind of observe and evaluate who spends more effort and your Havanese would return some love to the person. It may sound very magical, but it is actually quite natural and logical. If a co-worker of yours spend more time teaching you stuff, you would very likely like him or her more than the co-worker that spends very little time with you.
Sharing the Training Duties
Sharing the training duties have different effects from sharing the cores. Sharing the cores is about showing your Havanese some love while sharing the training duties allow the Havanese to know who is the boss. If you and your spouse split the training duties, both are considered as the bosses. In the world of dogs, Havanese and other dogs like to follow their bosses. That may be the opposite case when it comes to human and their bosses.