Picnic Photos & Details

The picnic date took place on August 19, 2017 from 12pm to 5pm at Yvonne's place in Brighton. Check out the details here. Photos from the 2017 picnic can be found here. 

Grooming 101

Want to see how I get a smooth coat and what equipment I use? I am continually learning and perfecting but I created this video Windows version) and for you Mac apple folks - here's a conversion. - not a professional one, to help you get a head start and perfect your own skill. Got questions? Ask away.

Want to know how to create a bathing machine that will save you time, product and wash your dog better than ever before? Check out Dick and Irma's instructions on how to create your own machine for a fraction of the cost.

Certified Pet First Aid

Walks 'N' Wags Pet First Aid is a recognized National Pet First Aid Certificate course for dog and cat professionals and pet owners. Talemaker Havanese now has that certificate having taken and passed the course.

Woofstock 2018

Meet us at Woofstock. Dogs are welcomed. We meet at the restaurant across the street from Woodbine park. Here is the location. Meet up happens on May 28, 2016 at 9:30 to 945am. Rain date is the next day. Look forward to seeing your havanese there and the humans too! Don't have your havanese yet? Well join us anyway!

Our Magazine


Havanese Breed Magazine's 37th issue is available in an electronic version. After numerous requests, a new printed version is also now available. Click here

Award Photos
Friends & Associates

Building Trust

If you want your dawg to behave appropriately, you must define what is appropriate not your dawg.

That sounds like a lot of mumbo jumbo but it isn't.

Think of it this way. You like your dawg to jump up on you. Then suddenly you put a dress on with nylons and that cutie pie jumps on you and rips your nylons. It's your last pair of nylons and you have an important interview.

Suddenly it's not so cute any longer.

To be fair, your dawg can't distinguish between your grungy pants and your nylons. You are still you and you allowed it YESTERDAY.

You need to teach your dawg to jump up on invitation not when he decides to. This way when Aunt Myrtle comes over and she isn't crazy about dawgs, yours will act appropriately.

Rules, Boundaries and Limitations...

Be consistent always. Protect your dawg from unsafe situations. Do not coddle or you will reinforce their fears. But instead be there to redirect. Build his confidence from slow conditioning. It works..really!

Give him the tools to help him deal with the world. You will be glad you did!

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