There are many reasons why someone might choose to rehome a Havanese dog. Perhaps they can no longer keep their pet due to a change in personal circumstances, or they may feel that rehoming is a more responsible option than buying a dog from a breeder or pet store. Whatever the reason, there are pros and cons to consider when adopting a rehomed Havanese dog.
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- Pros and Cons of Taking in a Rehomed Havanese
While we all want to save every animal who comes into our lives — and we do our best to do that — there are some dogs out there who need our help and deserve it more than others. Some dogs are just too old or too sick to get better, while others need special care because they have been abused in the past.
To make the choice between taking in a dog who needs help and one whose good home is waiting for some uncertain future is not easy. There are advantages and disadvantages for each choice:
Advantages (Pros) of Rehoming a Havanese
On the plus side, adopting a Havanese who has been rehomed can provide many benefits. These include getting a dog who is already housetrained, knows basic commands, and is likely to be sociable with people and other animals.
Additionally, given that Havanese dogs obtained from breeders costs several thousand dollars obtaining a rehomed Havanese dog can save you substantial expense.
Additionally, adopting a dog who has been through a rehoming process often means that there is already a good relationship in place between the dog and the adopter. This can make the transition to a new home much smoother for both the dog and the adopter.
Disadvantages (Cons) of Rehoming a Havanese Dog
There are also some potential downsides to adopting a rehomed dog. One is that it can be difficult to know the dog’s history or temperament, as this is often not disclosed by the previous owner. Additionally, the prior owner may not have the veterinarian records of the dog which may cause problems when applying for pet insurance as the insurer will not be able to determine if a medical issue was a pre-existing condition.
Additionally, some rehomed dogs may have behavioral issues that need to be addressed. For example, when my wife and I rehomed a two year old Havanese, Sammy, he was living with a a single women who acquired him from an Amish puppy mill that mistreated its dogs. As a result, this dog was fearful and suspicious of most men.
Prior to rehoming him we did a test weekend where we took Sammy into our home with our other two havanese dogs (one male and one female) and there were no problems.
We also had several visits with Sammy at the local dog park with his owner.
But within about a week our two of our taking him in he began to become overly protective of my wife and would growl at our other male Havanese and they would sometimes fight.
Things came to a head when I would walk into the bedroom (with the other male dog who tends to follow me around) and come close to him and my wife. He would growl loudly at me and bear his teeth and being about 15 pounds in weight at the time (now almost 20) he was very intimidating.
And if he was sitting on the bed with my wife, only she could safely take him off the bed. This pattern of aggressive conduct continued for many months and I was at the point of looking into expensive training, a shock collar and other drastic measures.
Fortunately, I finally learned that I could break this behavior if I made it clear to him that he could not dominate or intimidate me. A break through finally happened almost a year later. One night in response to his habitual growling and baring his teeth at me I became so frustrated that I yelled at him to get in his crate while pointing to the crate. To my surprise he ran right into his crate and calmed down (he likes his crate). After that night he gradually began to calm down, to respect my authority and to become less protective of my wife.
Almost two years later, the aggressive behavior is gone and he is calm and affectionate with me. Of course, if a package is delivered or a stranger comes to the door his protective instincts will kick in and he will run to the door and growl loud enough to scare anyone.
The lesson to be learned is that if you are not fortunate to be able to resolve behavior problems yourself it is important to be prepared for this before adopting a rehomed dog and to seek professional help if necessary.