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Why a Havanese Makes a Great Therapy Dog

Why a Havanese Makes a Great Therapy Dog

Therapy dogs and emotional support animals in general have made great strides in helping people with disabilities, seniors in nursing homes, and many other individuals in need of a little extra love and support. A lot of us may picture a classic Labrador Retriever or German Shepard when we think of a therapy dog; but small dogs make great assistants too!

In fact, more and more people are training Havenese pups to work as therapy dogs and yielding some awesome results. Here are just a few of the reasons the Havanese breed makes an ideal therapy dog:

Why a Havanese Makes a Great Therapy Dog

They’re loving.

The Havanese is a notorious lover. With their small size, they’re practically made to cuddle right up on someone’s lap! They’re a very gentle breed, and they love to please their humans. Havenese have no problem getting up close and personal with kisses and cuddles—which, from animals in particular, have been proven to lower heartrate and blood pressure, as well as anxiety.

They offer companionship and unconditional love to people who may not often see it or may not quite be comfortable with receiving it from their human counterparts. This makes them perfect visitors in nursing homes, disability programs and other rehabilitation centers.

They’re lively.

Havenese are extremely affectionate, but that doesn’t mean all they want to do is lay around and cuddle! Havanese love to play and tend to have clownish personalities that can put a smile on anyone’s face. They exude personality and friendliness in a way that fosters instant connection—so even the most stubborn patient can’t help but crack a smile.

The Havanese is a fun and entertaining breed by nature. They’re always ready and willing to learn new tricks! Their easygoing temperament makes them approachable to patients who might otherwise be frightened by an animal. Watching one of these pooches fool around and playing with them directly, are excellent ways to treat depression and bring comfort to lonely individuals.

They’re practical.

The small size of a Havanese dog makes it naturally easier to manage than some larger breeds. As we mentioned before, they’re the perfect size for curling up on someone’s lap or cuddling up next to them in bed without taking up too much space. Their fur is incredibly soft; and as a big bonus they’re also hypoallergenic!

They’re intelligent.

Havenese dogs are easy to train, and eager to learn. They boast a high level of emotional intelligence, which is particularly important in a therapy dog. They can sense emotion and respond accordingly, making them adaptable to many different environments and situations.

If they’re working with a more apprehensive or low-energy patient, they can read that introversion and deduce that it might be better to hop up on their lap than run at them holding a toy to play with. Maybe they’re visiting a nursing home and can sense the excitement and spirit in the room, so they’ll start showing off some tricks or go in for a game of fetch. Whatever the circumstances, a Havanese therapy dog will show up ready to accommodate and happy to be there!

Lucky for us, all of the things that make Havanese great therapy dogs also make them amazing additions to our own homes! Waste no time and contact Susie’s Quality K9’s to fill your home with some extra love and a lively spirit!

How to Care for Havanese Hot Spots

How to Care for Havanese Hot Spots

Does your Havanese suffer from hot spots? Known medically as pyotraumatic dermatitis or superficial pyoderma, in ordinary terms hot spots are inflamed, infected skin. What causes them in the first place? Hot spots happen when your Havanese’s natural bacteria overpopulate parts of her skin. When your dog’s skin is dirty, damp and warm, this creates… Continue Reading

Havanese Personality

Havanese Personality

One of the many, many reasons why we love Havanese dogs at Susie’s Quality K9s is their wonderful personality. Read on to learn more about the typical Havanese personality: Havanese are particularly known for being funny, outgoing and intelligent. They’ll charm people on the street, guests and the entire family! Havanese are generally friendly to… Continue Reading

Exercising Your Havanese

Exercising Your Havanese

Havanese dogs are outgoing and intelligent dogs who make excellent companions. Their small size makes them ideal even for apartment-dwellers—Havanese weigh just 7 to 13 pounds on average. However, just because they’re small doesn’t mean that Havanese don’t need and enjoy exercise! Here are some tips for exercising your Havanese. Havanese have a medium energy… Continue Reading

Tips for Training Your Havanese Puppy

Tips for Training Your Havanese Puppy

 At Susie’s Quality K9’s, we love breeding Havanese puppies for a number of reasons. They’re so nice and playful and get along extremely well with families who take good care of them. Their coats are non-shedding and hypoallergenic, meaning you can put the lint rollers away. Havanese puppies are also incredibly easy to train. All… Continue Reading

Havanese 101

Havanese 101

If you’re considering what type of dog to get, you may want to consider a Havanese. These sweet little dogs are funny, outgoing and intelligent, and make excellent companions for families with or without children. Their sunny temperaments make them a delight to be around, and their friendly demeanor will win over anyone. Havanese are… Continue Reading