Havanese puppies are alert and energetic; they can sometimes be fairly vocal. While they are not like Chihuahuas or Pomeranians, barking at everything they see, they will get yappy when they notice a mailman or a stray squirrel in their yard. Dogs also have unique personalities, so some Havanese pups may be more vocal than others.
If your Havanese dog is a bit too yappy for comfort, here are some ways you can stop them from barking:
Teach them the meaning of “quiet”
Training is the most effective means of getting your dog to settle down. Just as you teach them the meaning of “sit” or “stay,” you should also teach them the meaning of “quiet” or “that’s enough.” Training your pup through positive reinforcement will be a quick and effective way of silencing your pup if they get a bit too excited. You can do this through the following steps:
Step 1: Ignore your pup when they start barking
If your Havanese starts to go crazy over the mailman outside, pay them no mind. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t get into trouble, but don’t yell at them to be quiet.
Step 2: Give them a treat when they stop barking
Eventually your pup will get tired of barking at the mailman. When they finally settle down, praise them and give them a treat. Repeat these two steps for some time to teach your dog that when they’re quiet they get a treat.
Step 3: Use your words
When your dog starts to understand that being quiet means getting a treat, start to introduce the word “quiet” into their vocabulary. Each time they stop barking, give the command “quiet.” Then, praise them and give them a treat as you normally would.
Step 4: Give the command while they’re barking
After some more time has passed, start giving the “quiet” command while your dog is barking, and not after. If they stop barking after hearing the word, give them praise and a treat.
While it may be a long road ahead, with time and dedication, you’ll be able to train your Havanese dog to stop barking. For more tips on how to care for your Havanese pup, read through our blog or contact Family Puppies today.