Apso 's are very intelligent with the ability to
reason, and can even be somewhat be manipulative. Therefore, consistency is a crucial
element in their training, very
much as it is with raising children.
Lhasa Apso puppies are very busy, full of energy and curiosity, becoming calmer and
dignified, yet still playful, as adults. A slow maturing breed, Lhasa Apso 's do not
reach their prime until well into their second/ third year of mature. Lhasa Apso 's live longer
than most other dog breeds, they develop slowly. Lhasa Apso dogs age gracefully, however, keeping a youthful appearance and attitude well
into their teens. The average lifespan of the breed is 13 to 16 years old,
although some have lived to be even beyond 21 like th efather of
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Lhasa Apsos are bred as indoor watchdogs for hundreds of years, Lhasa Apsos
can be suspicious
of strangers. Lhasas are guardians of their own domain, they can be also protective away from home. Early socialization helps overcome the breed's
natural tendency towards wariness of strangers and is critical to a Lhasa Apsos
success as a family member. The time you invest in training ypur puppy
will be well worth the effort in terms of the loyalty, joy, and long term
companionship for its lifetime.
Like all dogs,Lhasa Apso 's have the capability of learning lots of words.
Understanding this, refrain from overusing the word "No." Take the time to teach
your Lhasa the right words for the behavior you want to.
As a general rule, Lhasa Apso 's tend to attach themselves to the adults in the
family rather than to the children. Experienced breeders generally have a good idea which puppy in
a litter will do best in a family environment with children. Lhasa puppies that
are raised with children, and where the interaction is closely supervised, can
become successfully integrated into the family.
All play between a Lhasa puppy and young children should be guided by the
responsible adult to prevent problems.
For hundreds of years Lhasa Apsos were bred to be interior watchdogs in the palace
of the Dalai Lama and in the homes of other dignitaries in Tibet. This is their
heritage. As a result, Lhasa Apso 's are very discriminating in their hearing,
Lhasa Apso 's tend to bark only when there is a legitimate reason to do so.
People with allergies to dogs have a difficult time being around them because of
the dog's saliva, coat oil, hair, etc. However, many people with allergies and
even some asthmatics can live with Lhasa Apso 's because this breed does not shed like
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Dog-child interaction is the single most
important issue to deal with if you have a child and a Lhasa Apso.
Children love dogs but dogs don't always love children.
bring home a new puppy, your child should be trained together with your Lhasa.
Dog owners need to remember that it takes two to tango.
Children aren't often taught how to treat a new doggy which can make his life a
This is not only torment for your dog but can be dangerous to your child.
Never trust your child alone with ANY dog, regardless of how gentle that dog is
known to be.
A child tends to know just which buttons to press to turn the gentlest animal into
a dangerous beast.
Most dogs initially feel threatened by a child because they are at eye level, they
have high-pitched voices and make
vigorous movements. The dog senses that the child is somewhat unpredictable.
Dog-child interaction should be monitored in order to make sure that child and
your dog are getting along.
Do not let your child hug the dog until the dog-child relationship has developed
and they've become comfortable
with each other. Children are accustomed to showing their affection with a hug,
but some dogs will tolerate it
while others will not.
Never approach a strange dog without asking the owner if it is o.k. to do so.
Allow the dog to sniff you before you try to pat him.
Stay away from stray dogs. A stray dog may carry disease or try to attack.
Never scream or run away from a dog. This will only start a chase.
Never run towards a dog or around a dog.
Never approach a dog face to face. This is threatening to them. Always approach a
dog from the side. This will allow the dog-child relationship to develop.
Never look a dog square in the eyes.
Never tease or hit a dog whether he's loose, tied up, behind a fence or in a crate.
Never play rough games with a dog, such as tug-of-war. This will encourage a dog
to become aggressive.
Never pat a dog on the head. Always approach him under the chin or on his back.
Never bother a sleeping dog.
Never bother the dog while he's eating or chewing his favorite bone.
A dog is not a toy. Never yank on his ears or pull his tail.
If a dog poses a threat, teach your child to stay perfectly still with arms at the
side, avoid eye contact,
don't scream. If there is no one around who can pull the dog away, have your child
use a jacket, schoolbag,
garbage can cover, or anything he can find as a shield while backing away from the
If a dog has knocked your child to the ground, he should curl up into a ball with
his hands behind his
head to protect his face.
Never give the dog table food.
Always play with your dog under adult supervision.
Always be kind to your dog. This will help develop a dog-child friendship.
Always protect your dog from harm.
What you should know as a dog owner
Begin obedience training your dog as soon as possible. Don't wait til he gets
older, it'll only get harder.
Never leave your child alone with the dog.
Never let your child walk the dog alone.
Never tie up your dog. Provide your dog with a fenced-in space instead.
Socialize your dog. Get him acquainted with other dogs as early as possible.
You should also get him familiar with everything in his environment, both indoors
This is key in attempting to establish a great dog-child relationship.
Reward your dog for good behavior with praise and a treat.
If you leave your dog in the yard, make sure your fence does not have spaces large
enough for a child to stick their
Never allow your child to abuse the dog in any way. This will never enable a
dog-child relationship to flourish.
Give your dog a space to call his own to which he can retreat to if he is feeling
bothered (such as a crate).
Do not allow your child to invade your dog's space especially while your dog is
Get your dog used to being touched on all body parts. This will make him more
comfortable around children.
Teach your dog to maintain a good temperment in the case of having his food bowl
taken away while he's eating or
removing a chew toy from his mouth. This will allow your dog to be more
comfortable having a child around when he's
eating or chewing on his favorite toy.
Teach your child how to properly handle the dog/puppy.
Walk your dog on a leash. Do not allow him to roam free.
Keep in mind that just because your dog is wonderful around your own children
doesn't mean he will tolerate other
children the same way.
Spay/neuter your dog.
If you have a dog and are expecting a baby
First off, if you haven't read the information above this subhead, go up and do so
The above information will provide you with all the do's and dont's in preparing
your dog for an addition to the family.
If your dog has never been around a child for a long period of time, you will have
the next nine months
to get him used to it. Disciplined dog-child interaction is crucial at this stage.
Invite a niece, nephew, cousin, neighbor, etc. over for a few hours a week (Preferably
a child who still wears a diaper.
This will get the dog used to baby smell as well). This idea satisfies two
objectives: it will get your dog used to
having a child around; and will develop your dog's behavior in such a way which
allows him to have a dog-child
relationship with almost any child. Teach your dog how to behave around a child
using much of the information
Do not wait until the baby is born in order to make adjustments. Try to make as
many adjustments as you can before
the baby arrives, this way he won't be hit with all these changes at once. For
instance, if you will have to move
furniture around to accomodate a high chair or a playpen, this may affect the
placement of your dog's bed and bowl.
If so, make this move before the baby arrives. This will lessen the impact it will
have on your dog and is less
likely to affect the dog-child relationship.
Once you have the nursery set up for the baby, teach your dog that he will not be
allowed in the room, at all.
If he learns this before the baby comes, it will lessen the dog's resentment
towards the baby.
Get your dog used to the sounds a baby makes by playing a recording of a baby
cooing and crying. Play this recording
in the nursery in order to indicate to your dog where exactly he can expect these
sounds to be coming from.
Make accommodations for your dog for the day you go into labor. He may have to
spend hours alone before daddy's comes
home from the hospital.
When it's time to bring the baby home, have someone go into another room with the
dog while you put the baby down and
get settled. Then bring the baby out and introduce the dog to the baby. The dog
will probably give the baby a sniff
or two and seek your attention. After all, he hasn't seen you in days. At this
point, it would be a good idea to put
the baby down and spend some time playing with the dog. Show him he's still loved.
This will aid in the development
of the dog-child relationship.
Your dog may require some extra attention in the first days of welcoming the baby.
This will keep him from resenting
the baby for stealing all the attention. Give him your undivided attention.
Allow your dog to be present when changing or feeding the baby.
Never yell at your dog for getting too close to the baby. Allow him to sniff the
baby in order to get used to his scent.
Make sure this is done under strict supervision. This will help nourish the
As the baby gets older, you will teach him to respect the dog and be gentle
Get your child to help you with dog chores, such as feeding and walking the dog.
Before your know it, a natural dog-child bond will form which will give them a
long-lasting friendship for years to come.
Help your child and your dog live in perfect harmony by adhering to these simple
rules. Once a good dog-child relationship
has been established, this bond will last a lifetime.
If you have trouble controlling your dog due to an overly aggressive nature, you
should bring your dog (and your child)
to an obedience training class to help you get started.