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Tingi is already alert and listening for commands. She can come to the call, is house trained, knows her name under any circumstances and will respond, knows the command 'back' from a doorway or other area, knows to wait until told to eat her dinner and knows how to jump up on our laps for her cuddles!

A Lhasa Apso is not just another 'fluffy dog', so please do not consider one if that is what you are looking fore!  Although it looks like the most beautiful fluffy puppy one could imagine, it is a highly astute and intelligent little dog, right from puppy hood and needs to be treated firmly and strongly like the intelligent dog it is.  

Train your Lhasa puppy, just as you would train any other dog.  

LHASA APSOS ARE NOT STUBBORN DOGS.   THE TIBETANS DO NOT CALL THEM STUBBORN AND I DO NOT CALL MINE STUBBORN!   Any dog of any breed that is not trained from a very small pup will not do what its owner wants it to do - the same applies to Lhasa Apsos.   What is "cute" at 3, 4 and 6 months, becomes unruly and out of control behaviour at 12 months!

How easy it is to neglect the training of a dog and then turn around and say it is "stubborn" or it has "attitude".   I have cared for Lhasa Apsos that expect nothing but being pandered to and I have also cared for dogs of big breeds with the same problem - ALL are simply LACK OF TRAINING!

My Lhasas are trained to "sit and wait" for their food, "come" to the call, walk correctly on the leash, obey the commands "back" (from the door) and "down"  (if they try to jump up when I don't want them to) and "lie down",  if I do not want them to bark.  Naturally they are all house trained  from eight weeks of age.  These simple commands are essential in any dog and a Lhasa is no exception. 

Tugse (aka Millie) taking a break and smiling for the camera!

 Lhasas bond so strongly with their family that they will do anything to please you and as a result, they are willing to listen to and obey commands.  Many Lhasas are now being trained in Obedience work and are very easily Companion trained, making them perfect for any family situation, from young children to elderly people. 

Lhasas do not need 'walking', they exercise themselves by running round the garden or the house, but taking a puppy for walks is essential for socialisation.   Lhasas are not a hyperactive dog or a 'silly' dog that runs for no reason!  They do not bark without reason either and they will guard the home and their owner and always let you know when someone is coming.  They are  full of fun and love to play with you or snuggle up next to you on the couch.  A Lhasa Apso is not a lap dog, for it believes it has a job to do - looking after it's owners!    

Even when cuddling up to you on the couch, their ears are always alert!  They are renowned in the 'dog world' as having the most acute hearing. 

A Lhasa Apso's temperament is bright and happy, yet they will be wary of strangers, backing away, even as a young pup.  This is the most incredible trait to find in any breed of dog and usually one that owners try and train their dogs to have.  With a Lhasa Apso it is a natural thing and should not be discouraged!  Do not force your Lhasa to be friendly with everyone, let it take its own time and it will 'get the feel' of the new person and will approach them when it is ready!

In the breeding of Lhasa Apsos, my main aim is to breed excellent temperament, health and beauty of the original, Tibetan dog.  The most beautiful dog soon does not seem so, if its temperament is not loving and loyal, as well as outward going and fun!  However it is your kindness and care that will bring out the best in your puppy, not everything is hereditary.

If you already own a Lhasa and are getting another one, which is common, as they are so addictive, then make sure you integrate your new puppy into the household properly.  Give priority in pats to the older dog, letting it know that it is still loved and secure, thus making the puppy no threat to its life with you.   

Your puppy will makes mistakes, it will get dirty paws and it will be mischievous - after all IT IS A PUPPY, not an adult dog or a toy. 

Your adult dog can hang on all night to go to the toilet, but your puppy cannot.  It will need to have newspaper training and probably live its first few weeks at night in a room where it can go on the newspaper freely.  Once it is properly 'paper trained', you can then take your last sheet of dirtied-on paper and put it outside, showing your pup that this is where you want it to go in future.  But all puppies make 'mistakes' every now and then, so keep on the alert, asking "do you want to go out?" in a special tone of voice it will recognize, and soon you will have the perfectly trained dog! 

I recommend putting in a doggie door as this solves any problems right from puppyhood.  Imagine that you are the puppy and need to go to the toilet NOW and no one is looking at you - what can you do?  A dog door solves this problem as the pup and then older dog can come and go outside when it needs to and not have to wait for you to answer its pleas.

  Remember that your patience, firmness and kindness will be rewarded a thousand fold over when your pup is a mature dog.

RULE TO REMEMBER:  what you would not accept from a large dog, do not accept from a Lhasa.  By keeping this in mind, you will be firm and loving and your Lhasa will be secure and happy!  Coming on command, never jumping on people and keeping a good, calm temperament is essential.  This applies to all dogs.


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