There is a general believe that Havanese is prone to separation anxiety. If I have to make it sound less fancy, that basically means that Havanese hate to be alone or hate to be separated from their owners. In this blog post, I am going to explore with you on how serious is that separation anxiety and what you need to do to make things better.
Are Havanese Prone to Separation Anxiety?
Yes, Havanese are prone to separation anxiety. They simply don’t like to be alone. It isn’t very easy illustrate the level of anxiety they have without examples, so let me provide you with some. They can bark like crazy and they may even bite or injure themselves when they experience a high level of separation anxiety. That’s how serious it can can. But don’t worry about it, it don’t really get that serious with every Havanese and things are much better if you know how to handle the issue.
Reducing Your Havanese’s Separation Anxiety Takes Time
Havanese is just a breed that hates to be alone. To prevent your Havanese to develop a high level of separation anxiety. I would suggest that you provide your Havanese with the right training from day one. You will have to be patient because the way to reduce his anxiety is to let him get used to the alone time and the environment he’s in. I will explain in more detail on what you should do to reduce his anxiety.
Gradually Increase Your Havanese’s Alone Time
I know that there is a good chance that many of you have a 9 to 5 job and you also may want to save up your annual leaves for nice vacations. But to allow your Havanese, especially puppy, to get used to the new life, you would want to take at least a week off to accompany your new Havanese. I am not saying that you would want to be with your Havanese 24 hours a day. I am suggesting that you leave your Havanese alone every now and then to observe how anxious your Havanese can get. Make the alone time very short at the beginning and then gradually increase the length and the frequency of the alone time. This is a very good way to let them get used to being alone. Just make sure that you are not really far away from him and it is even better if you have a web-based video camera monitoring his action. That way, you can allow your Havanese to practice being alone while reducing the risk of him hurting himself or messing up your home too seriously.
What You Must Not Do
Since I have suggested that you to take a few days off to accompany your Havanese when he first come home, I feel that it is a must to point out that you must not use those free days to be with him 24 hours a day. If you are doing that, that’s even worse than not taking days off. You must strategically create alone times and gradually make the alone times long enough to simulate a regular work day before you actually go to work.
Observe Carefully & See How Bad is Your Havanese’s Separation Anxiety
The first day your Havanese come to you home is when you should start observing the severity of his separation anxiety. The severity is partially caused by luck (gene) and partially caused by his past. If he comes form an animal shelter, he would have a higher tendency to have separation anxiety. Anyway, record your Havanese’s behaviors when he is alone. Messing your home up a little is considered normal while destroying your house, intense barking and tendency to injure himself are all signs of having separation anxiety. If you find out that your Havanese has serious separation anxiety. Just don’t get too anxious yourself. It simply means that you will have to spend some effort dealing with your Havanese. You should already know that owning a dog does require you to spend effort and hard work.
There are Ways to Train Your Havanese to be More Comfortable Alone at Home
Don’t give up if your Havanese has a high level of separation anxiety. There are a few basic trainings or tricks that can help. No, they can fix things in a week or two but they will make things a little better every time you do it. Eventually, with enough patience, you will have a day that you no longer see your Havanese peeing all over the places when you come back home from a busy work day.
Tip #1: Some Exercise Time with Your Havanese Before Leaving Home
If you can spend a little bit of time to exercise or walk with your Havanese before you go to work, that can help your Havanese in two ways. First, the exercise helps your Havanese to reduce stress, which also reduces the chance of triggering separation anxiety. Second, the exercise helps release some energy from your Havanese, which reduces the possible injuring himself and destroying your home.
Tip #2: You Should Always Leave Your Home Calmly
If you alway rush and look super busy and nervous when you leave home, it makes it too obvious for your Havanese to realize that you are leaving home. Start practicing to leave home very casually and calmly so that it seems almost like you are just picking up your mail downstairs. Rushing to work is not a good habit for yourself anyway. Let’s go to work with a calm and casual way and see how that works out for you and your Havanese.
Tip #3: Train Your Havanese to Understand “See You”
There is a nice little trick you can try to train your dog to understand that he will for sure see you again every time you leave. The training goes like this. You say “see you” to your dog. Go outside and close the door. A few seconds later, come back. That allows your Havanese to learn that “see you” means that he will actually see you again.