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!
DO NOT DISAPPOINT YOUR LHASA BY NOT TRAINING IT!
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.
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.
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.
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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