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

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Friends & Associates

Training Builds ConfidenceTraining Builds Confidence

If a dog is using growling, snapping or even biting the air or contact, your dawg most likely lacks confidence. He needs to be confident enough to know you can and will handle any unforeseen circumstances.

A dog that is trained is welcomed in many environments. This allows you greater freedom for both of you.

Education is key but instead of spending all your time fixing what is wrong, be sure to set your dawg up to achieve. It's simply not fair to correct a dawg unless he's learned what is right. Balance is key. In example do not leave food out on the table unless you are willing to train him to 'leave it.' The answer is to educate him in what you expect and reward, reward and reward when he does. Always try to end a training session with a positive that he can reach and leave something he didn't achieve till the next day to try it again.

If a dawg keeps doing something, it means he finds it rewarding in some way.

Don't make lessons harder till easier stages are mastered. It is usually easier to do training in steps.

Why train? Your dawg is what you put into it. You can have an amazing dawg. It just takes time and reinforcement and what you get with training is a well behaved dawg that everyone loves.

It's worth the effort...believe me!

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