So You Bought a Lhasa Apso

You now have a wonderful little Lhasa Apso puppy to raise.  If you properly train and socialize it as a puppy, it will grow up to be an asset to your life.

If we could put ourselves in the place of a Lhasa Apso, we would find our little self in the world of giants.   Never let it be said that a Lhasa considers itself small, for it does not!

Our new Lhasa has come into very strange surroundings.  It has left its Mother and all of its brothers and sisters and is now on its own.  Therefore, it needs time for adjusting.

Now, if you are like the rest of us, you want to show off your beautiful new companion.  It would be wise however, to limit company at least during the first week , so that your new Lhasa can become used to its new surroundings and its new family.

Your Lhasa puppy needs a sense of security in its new home.  One method, and a good one, to provide this security is to purchase an air crate in which a puppy may sleep or to which it may go to escape.  Put a blanket or towel in the crate, all ours that go to their forever home are sent with a small blanket that has the family smell on it , so as to give some comfort.

Do not isolate your puppy.  Block off a corner of the kitchen or family room and place the crate  in that area so as they can escape to when they feel frightened, but DO NOT forget to give your new precious pup all the cuddles you can.  Be sure that the area chosen is one from which the puppy can observe the family and in which the family can observe and interact to the puppy.

You may want to make a small pen, or you can purchase a wire pen.  Put plenty of papers on the floor with water dish, toys, and chew bones in the area.  Prop the door of the air crate open, or even remove it while the crate is used in the pen.

To prevent the puppy from feeling lonely, while you might be away from home and unable to take with you, turn on the radio or television for company.

Puppy training in many ways is easier than training an adult Lhasa Apso , in that puppies have just not yet had a chance to learn how to respond to their environments. This means you get to teach your puppy how to behave properly right from the beginning. It is sometimes easier to do things right or according to the house rules if the individual does not already have a history of behaving in a certain way. A great example is the act of the puppy jumping up to greet people.

Training your dog to obey you can be accomplished by frequent; ten to fifteen minute sessions.  These sessions should be repeated two to three times each day.  It is best to schedule these before you feed you dog.  He will be more attentive to what you are asking of him, and he will associate these sessions with a meal reward.

Before giving a word command to your dog, speak its name to get its attention, then speak a one word command, sit, stay, heal.  Remember to praise your dog when he/she gets it right; this will encourage the dog to perform correctly the next time. Be patient, it will take many training sessions before your dog responds the way you want, but soon will associate the word with its meaning.

Puppies training tip:-

If you can structure the environment in such a way that the puppy is never rewarded for jumping and make sure the puppy is consistently rewarded for sitting instead, you will have an adult Lhasa that doesn’t jump when greeting people. In fact an adult Lhasa with this type of history will impress your friends by sitting when it greets guests.
Walking on a Leash

Your puppy should be taught to walk freely on a leash and have good manners.  Start first with a soft nylon collar and switch later to a light weight choke collar.  Leave the collar on for short periods only, then when the pup is accustom to wearing a collar, attach a leash that can be dragged behind.  Next, pick up the leash and begin to lead the puppy with occasional firm tugs, interspersed with a lot of pats and “good boy or girl.”  Accustom your puppy to walk on the left side, to move out smartly and stay abreast-neither lunging nor lagging.  As the exercise progresses, exert a little more force with each tug.

A slip (choke) collar should be removed after an exercise.  A dog alone wearing a slip collar is in danger.  The dog’s foot could become caught between the collar and the neck, or the collar could become snagged in a fence.  If you tie your dog outside, put a nylon collar on him/her that buckles. This is much safer for your dog.

How do you house train a Lhasa Apso? 

There are other great instances of this principal, such as getting your new puppy accustomed to toileting on a particular kind of surface. We start off on teaching them on newspaper first and slowly move it to the door. When we think they have gotten use to the idea we move them outside with our older Lhasas and encourage them to follow their lead. You will still have small mishaps from time to time so be patient. A good deal of this resistance to change can be explained by the phenomena of imprinting. There are certain times when a puppy’s brain is developing in a way that enables life experiences and successful behavior to become permanently wired connections. By training at this age you are actually building your puppy’s brain and its future behavior.

Your new loved one will house train faster if you put them on a regular schedule and kept in a confined area, but still large enough to romp around, when unsupervised. By six weeks old, you should be helping puppies choose an appropriate spot, if you have an adult Lhasa use them to help. At eight weeks, most puppies should be holding themselves overnight, if not till at least it starts getting daylight (we usually get up to them about 5am).

During puppy training you need to remember, puppies don’t have the endurance of an adolescent or adult Lhasa. Puppies can be very active for short amounts of time and then they need to rest and sleep. Some believe this rest helps the puppy build those important brain connections, as well as the muscle and bones of a developing body.

Never lose your temper when you are teaching a puppy always be friendly!

When a puppy is first brought home, take it outdoors to a selected spot and praise the puppy for sniffing there. Every time the puppy is taken outside, bring it to the same spot and reward with treats and praise profusely when it eliminates there. Do not play with the puppy outside until he goes to his spot and at least sniffs around. Also, keep the spot cleaned up. Inside the house, the new puppy should be let out to play no longer than 20 minutes at a time before either being taken outside to its spot or being returned to the pen or crate. As the puppy gets older and its muscles develop, they will become more reliable and the free time can be gradually lengthened.

Puppy kindergarten and/or basic obedience training, always using positive training techniques, is recommended for all youngsters. Lhasa’s require firmness, fairness, and consistency in training. Positive rewards work far better than harsh discipline. In fact, the breed should never be disciplined harshly, as a Lhasa may show resentment if it deems the punishment unfair. Instead, the rather independent and wilful nature of Lhasa Apsos requires patient understanding combined with gentle correction. Most Lhasa’s will do just about anything for food treats. But, because they are smart, they are easily bored with repetitive and persistence obedience work. Training sessions should be kept short and exercises varied to maintain the Lhasa’s attention. Above all, have fun, enjoy and keep your sense of humour. Don’t be afraid to roll around on the floor with them, get down to their level they enjoy this interaction.