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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 Dam and all of its companions 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 or ten days, 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. 

 

Do not isolate your puppy.  Block off a corner of the kitchen or family room and place the air crate in that area.  Be sure that the area chosen is one from which the puppy can observe its family and in which the family can observe and talk 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, turn on the radio or television for company.

 

Training

 

Lhasas are usually a very dominant dog and require consistency and patience in their training.  Never let the Lhasa win an argument!  Formal obedience training is an excellent choice.  Lhasas do not appear to fear heights so try to avoid letting them jump off high places that could cause leg or back injuries.

 

 

Training your dog to obey you, can be accomplished by frequent; ten too 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. 

For professional trainers, your local newspaper will have listings of classes available, or your veterinarian can recommend a trainer.

 

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