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Lhasa Apso Puppy Training


Puppy training for both of you the first time!

Puppy parents as well as those with puppy raising experience are you a first time puppy owner or do you have questions about your new puppy?  


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We have years of experience helping owners overcome the difficulties of puppy parenthood. I’m sure we can help you too. The puppy training  will answer important questions you may have about owning and raising your pup. puppy training, how is it different than training an adolescent or adult Lhasa Apso?

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 systems (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 to great people.

Puppy 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 Apso that doesn’t jump when greeting people. In fact an adult Lhasa Apso with this type of history will impress your friends by sitting when it greets guests.

There are other great instances of this principal, such as getting your new puppy accustomed to going potty on a particular kind of surface. An example may be teaching your pup to potty on gravel and it will be less likely to go on surfaces unlike gravel. I find this principle particularly troublesome when Lhasa Apsos stay with me that where conditioned as young pups to potty on concrete. When these Lhasa Apsos stay with me for a short amount of time it can be almost impossible to recondition them to potty in a more hygienically appropriate area of my yard.

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.

During puppy training you need to remember, puppies don’t have the endurance of an adolescent or adult Lhasa Apso. 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 loose your temper wenn you are teaching a puppy always be friendly!

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How do you housetrain a Lhasa Apso?

Lhasa Apsos housetrain the fastest if they are put on a regular schedule and kept in a pen or a bench when unsupervised. By six weeks old, breeders should be helping puppies choose an appropriate spot. At eight weeks old, most puppies should be holding themselves overnight.

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, it 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. Lhasas 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 willful nature of Lhasa Apsos requires patient understanding combined with gentle correction. Most Lhasas will do just about anything for food treats. But, because they are smart, they are easily bored with rote obedience work. Training sessions should be kept short and exercises varied to maintain the Lhasa's attention. Above all, have fun and keep your sense of humor.

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