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. 

Our Choices

We feed Fromm exclusively. Why? Your pup can eat any Fromm 4 star food switching daily without tummy upsets. Plus our Havanese are worth it!


Doggie go doo doo? Easy open, longer and stronger, OXO-biodegradable and 100% CANADIAN! These bags are the best. Easy to open, doesn't rip and the right size! Get the scoop!

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.

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!

© Content published on this page has been a collaborative effort and provided by, and copyrighted by Darlah Potechin and Nathan Potechin (talemakerhavanese.com). No unauthorized reproduction or re-publication in any medium whatsoever is permitted without prior written permission.