As you can see from the Havanese puppy development stages shown above, proper treatment of the Havanese puppy is critical at each stage of the Havanese puppy's development to ensure that you receive the best Havanese companion available. Proper socialization of the Havanese puppy cannot occur when the puppy is raised outside of the breeders home in a kennel. That is why it is of upmost importance that you ensure that your Havanese puppy has been raised inside of the Havanese breeders home as we raise them.
9-10 week old Havanese puppy. This is the fear-imprinting period. Any traumatic experience such as lack of proper socialization may have a lasting effect on the Havanese puppy. New experiences must be non-fear producing for the Havanese puppy. Proper training of the Havanese puppy and socialization should continue.
5-7 week old Havanese puppy. They need its mother and litter-mates. Havanese puppies removed from the litter at this period tend to be unable to socialize with other dogs, may fight and refuse to breed. Contact with humans and gentle training is beneficial for the Havanese puppy and helps the Havanese puppy to set the stage for more intense contact with humans later on.
8 week old Havanese puppy. This is the ideal time for the Havanese puppy to transfer his loyalty to his new owner. Mentally the Havanese puppy is able to learn whatever any adult Havanese can learn. However the Havanese puppy cannot physically complete the tasks of an adult Havanese. Socialization and training should continue on a regular basis. Bonds formed by the Havanese puppy at this time are extremely strong.
4 week old Havanese puppy. They need its mother most at this time. It is a period of rapid sensory development. The Havanese puppy's brain is suddenly able to receive messages, weaning should not take place at this time, the Havanese puppy is extremely vulnerable.
1-3 week old Havanese puppy. They need warmth, food, sleep and his mother. The Havanese puppy responds by reflex and is essentially unable to learn.
11-16 week old Havanese puppy. The Havanese puppy continues to learn from his experiences. If left only with other Havanese, he may become imprinted only to Havanese, taking his leadership from fellow Havanese and never develop a strong relationship with human beings. Lack of socialization of the Havanese puppy with humans will result in shy behavior of a wild animal. Lack of being exposed to additional environments and lack of exploration by the Havanese puppy may result in "Kennel Syndrome" where the Havanese puppy is unable to cope with any change from his routine environment.