Puppy kindergarten and/or basic obedience training, always using positive training techniques, is recommended for all youngsters. Havanese require consistency, fairness, and firmness in training. Positive rewards, patient understanding, combined with gentle correction, work far better than harsh discipline. In fact, the breed should never be disciplined harshly, as a harsh punishment is counterproductive to proper training of your Havanese. Most Havanese will do just about anything for food treats. But, because they are smart, they are easily bored with rote obedience work. Training sessions should be kept short and exercises varied to maintain the Havanese’s attention. Above all, have fun and keep your sense of humor.

Like all dogs, Havanese have the capability of learning hundreds of words. Understanding this, refrain from over using the word “No.” Take the time to teach your Havanese the right words for the behavior you want to reinforce, as well as for the activities you want to discourage. It is important to establish good communication with your dog early on.