Activities For Crested Havaneses

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Introduction

Many times, when breeders develop what is known as a designer dog, part of the fun is seeing the offspring of an unlikely pair of pet parents. With the Crested Havanese, the pet parents could not be more different! The Chinese Crested is a very small, sleek pooch while the Havanese is larger and much more fluffy, if you will. The offspring is a mixture of the best of both personalities - outgoing, energetic, and eager to please their humans. They will require a moderate amount of exercise to be happy, partially due to the high energy level of the breed. Rather small in stature, you'll want to plan activities which can be carried out indoors or out.

Clicker Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
clicker training device
treats as a reward
Activity description
Proponents of clicker training believe that this form of training actually enhances the owner - dog relationship. Also known as operant conditioning, clicker training provides a positive reinforcement for good behavior and utilizes gentle methods for any negative behavior. Clicker training involves using something to reinforce the positive behavior that does not involve making the dog work for something (say, a treat). The clicker sound is faster than saying "good boy," and the consistency of the clicker sound does not become confusing as words might to a dog's ears. Pair the clicker sound with a treat, and you will find training becomes much easier.
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Getting started
First, you need to get your Crested Havanese to associate receiving a treat with the sound of the click. Next, pair the clicker with basic training. When you are teaching your dog to sit or lie down, use the clicker in a "click and treat" method of rewarding behavior. When training your dog to shake hands or another behavior that is not natural to them, utilize the clicker as well. Touch a treat to your dog's nose and click. Soon, they will associate the sound with receiving a treat.
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Keep practicing
As you work with your dog, you can continue to apply clicker training to more learned behavior (as opposed to natural behaviors such as sitting). This includes learning to shake, play dead, and more. Again, you'll need to click and treat as the behavior happens. The clicker reinforces what you want the dog to do, and they associate the clicker sound with receiving a treat. Therefore, they will work to behave the way you wish.
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Clicker tips
The key to clicker training is to make sure that you click during the behavior. Click, then treat. It is important that your dog associate what they are doing during the time you click with being a desired behavior. Again, click when the dog does something you want them to do naturally (sitting or coming to you when called). You can even apply clicker training to housebreaking!
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Dog Camp

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Any Day
Moderate
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2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
leash and harness
Activity description
As a young child, did you ever attend a summer camp? You may have learned some special skills, and you had the opportunity to make new friends. Now, consider dog camps which provide the same opportunities as summer camp affords young children. Some dog camps are specialized - for the dog who is learning to participate in Earthdog trials or tracking. Other camps are similar to day camps for kids - they provide activities for dogs while their owners are at work, and they allow for dogs to interact under trained supervision. Some dog camps actually allow for you to stay with Fido, like a mini-vacation for the both of you!
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The right camp for you
Although there are great places to board your pooch, most owners truly do not like leaving their dogs should they need to go out of town. In this case, a doggy camp just might be the answer! However, you may be training your canine companion for competition in a specialized sport, such as tracking. In this case, you'll want to enroll your furry pal in a day camp which you can attend as well. Do some research and ask for referrals. Then make an informed choice about the right place for your furry friend.
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Attending camp
If your pup is rather young, say under two years, and you are still working on training, a camp that allows for you to "vacation" together can not only assist you in completing training exercises, but also promote the relationship between the two of you. You may experience activities in lure coursing or tracking, or you may take classes in regular obedience skills. Speak at length with camp leaders about activities you believe will benefit both you and your canine companion.
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Vacation camps
Some owners don't want to necessarily send their Crested Havanese to an overnight obedience camp. Nor do they wish to participate in strictly training camps for owners and dogs. Maybe you want to make a vacation out of a dog camp experience. Camp Winnaribbun is located in Lake Tahoe, and both you and Fido can participate in activities from massage therapy to obedience classes (your choice of activities, of course). Camp Barking Hills in New Jersey offers opportunities for both learning and for play These are only a couple of dog and owner vacation camps across the United States.
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Outdoor Play

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
tennis ball
rope toy
flirt pole
Activity description
Because this designer dog breed is so energetic, it is very important for you to provide at least an hour daily of some type of exercise. There are many things you can do right in your own backyard. There are also those who take the Havanese parent breed hiking, and so you may also plan a hike - if nowhere else but on your own property, provided you have the room - when weather is permissible. The Crested Havanese will enjoy playing fetch (although some owners remind us that they don't always like to retrieve the ball for you), and you will also find that they may enjoy utilizing a flirt pole for fun.
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Preparing the area
Because the Crested Havanese is a small dog, you won't want to just allow them to run freely in the backyard. However, if you have a fenced in area, you can allow Fido to go out and play while you supervise from indoors or while you work outside. Remember that the Crested Havanese does like to play fetch or simply run around and investigate what is outside without structure. Some individuals install a doggy door so that their dog can exercise whenever they please (providing the yard is very secure).
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Fun games
As previously mentioned, fetch is always fun for the Crested Havanese. Some Havanese owners chuckle and state that their pups don't always want to bring the ball back, so you may want to use this as a training opportunity. You can also use a doggy disc to play Frisbee (the doggy disc does not hurt the pup's mouth). You can also utilize a flirt pole to keep Fido jumping (and you may get a little exercise yourself running and jumping as the two of you play).
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Hiking fun
Do you have a place on your own property that is safe for a short hike? If not, do you live near a park? The Crested Havanese loves to walk, and, when you are properly prepared, you can go on an afternoon excursion (extended walk or hike). Be sure to take a small first aid kit and plenty of water. Allow Fido to rest periodically if need be. Just have fun and allow your furry pal to work off all the excess energy.
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Dog Park

When the weather is permitting, and you want to socialize your pooch, the dog park offers many opportunities for exercise and canine interaction.

Learn a Few Tricks

Once clicker training has been achieved, you can teach your dog a few tricks. This highly intelligent pup can learn some of the most complicated tricks, from rolling over to picking up their toys or even learning how to open the fridge and retrieve something inside.

Conclusion

The Crested Havanese is a joyful little pooch, and they enjoy being rather active. You can plan indoor activities, such as clicker training. This activity helps you to bond with your dog as well as positively reinforcing good behavior. Next, you can plan to go outdoors in your backyard (a fenced in area is a great way to allow them to exercise while you work outdoors). You may also plan a hike, as the Crested Havanese loves to go on extended walks. Dog camps also provide great fun and learning opportunities for the designer breed as well, and you may even enjoy "vacationing" with your little traveller at one of the many camps across the US.