Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Daisy’s New Water Signal :)

When Daisy wants something, everyone knows it.

From the first day we brought her home, Daisy made it perfectly clear when she wanted something she couldn’t get for herself.

If she wanted attention, she’d pull her Brat Yap on us – that shrill, bratty-sounding repetitive yap that pierces right through your eardrums. (Thanks to Jan Fennell’s book, we put a quick end to that…)

If she wanted to play, she’d race to find just the right toy and race back to us with it, play-growling up a pint-sized storm, thrusting it into our hand and pulling it away again. (She still does that!)

If she wanted to go for a ride, she’d sit by her travel crate and whine, staring holes in us. (She doesn’t even fit in the travel crate anymore!)

But when it came to wanting water, her signals have changed 3 times in 10 months. First she started a life-or-death barking campaign, but since she just bounced around the floor while she was barking, we never knew what she wanted!

Eventually someone will notice I'm standing here.... Hellooo-ooo!

She then revised that signal and started scratching madly at the bottom of her water bowl as if she would strike a gusher at any moment. That was a GREAT signal – we always knew what she wanted. Trouble was, she abused it and started scratching like a maniac at the bottom of her food bowl too, but she was just being a little piggy and we never fed her on demand.

That made her mad, so she decided that her bowls were chew toys and, when we said “No” to her food demands, she took her bratty frustration out on the food bowl.  My blog buddies know what that means – when the Destructo-Pup side of her personality emerges, nothing survives. I was NOT going to buy a new food bowl every other day! So when she’d treat her food bowl like a chew toy, she was put in the naughty room. It took a few weeks to break her of that habit (she even tried to chew the plastic mat underneath her bowls, dumping water everywhere!), but we finally won that battle.

Now she’s developed a new signal. She just sits or stands quietly next to her empty water bowl with a funny look on her face. Just sits there….staring. If we’re not in the room, she’s out of luck until someone happens to come along and sees her there. Sitting. Just sitting.

Quieter, yes, but not very effective. Funny dog, this little Daisy of ours! I have a feeling we’re in for many years of quirky, funny, silly little behaviors! I love it! 🙂


Sign Language Communications of a Havachon Puppy – A “Tall Tail”

Daisy’s tail actually does the talking for her sometimes. The way she positions it tells us her mood, interest level, anxiety level – you name it. It’s like doggy sign language!

Alert! Danger Will Robinson! – When her tail is curled up and over so that the tip touches her back, she’s in her highest state of alert. Something unusual has caught her attention or she’s heard something foreign to her – whatever it is, she’s sharply focused on it.

The telltale tail.....

The Curly Q – This is her typical tail pose, with it curled up normally like a capital “C”. This tells us that she’s happy, alert, and all’s well in doggyville.

The Straight Arrow – If we see it slowly sinking and it stops at the straight-out position like a Pointer, she’s either about to “ask” for something (like water or play time) or she’s getting ready to complain. We all prepare for some kind of signal when we see that! 🙂

The Sad Puppy – Her tail has only gone limp and hung down straight when she hasn’t felt well, which was during her respiratory infection and after her spay surgery. Her ears usually create a matched set with the tail, drooping down sadly. Our least favorite signal.

The Grrrr, or The Self-Preservation Act – And of course we all know that the tucked tail usually indicates anger…but sometimes she tucks it when she sits down if there are a lot of people around who could accidentally step on her tail.

Our little Daisy is becoming quite the silent orator!


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