Personalities of each dog may differ slightly from members of the same breed but generally most of them have similar characteristics.
Lhasa Apso has an independent personality. If you have ever owned a cat, you will understand what this means because this breed has a cat like tendency. For example if you give the Lhasa a command like come, they will take their own sweet time before they can respond.
Watch Video of Lhasa Apso Having a Blast in the Fresh Snow
Be Sensitive… and Reward Good Deeds
Lhasa dogs are a sensitive breed that is not fond of strict discipline. When training them it is best that you use the reward system. Give it an occasional treat to encourage positive response from the Lhasa Apso. Avoid harsh discipline otherwise you will get some retaliation from him. Yummy treats, rewards and high praise will yield best results.
The Lhasa Apso is a friendly and intelligent dog and any corrections of unacceptable behavior should be handled with care. However, despite its sensitive nature you as its master and trainer still need to be firm with your dog. If the training of the Lhasa Apso dog is not firm, the pooch is likely to display a yapping, nipping and aggressive behavior.
Be the Leader
One of the best tips that will help you train your Lhasa Apso effectively is to start by winning the dog’s confidence and admiration. It is during this time that you should let the dog know that you are the leader. In order to improve the training sessions, you should teach the dog to respect you and all instructions given. Avoid showing affection at inappropriate times, for example when you are giving instructions.
Note however that many of the negative behaviors Lhasas show are often human induced, and not in this breed’s nature. All a more reason to be the leader and help develop the Lhasa Apso temperament that’s more in line with the dog’s true nature.
Some common Lhasa apso behaviors include an on going barking, nervousness, an intolerance of children etc. Because of the dog’s assertiveness, you should never leave them alone with children. To correct most of these and other aggressive Lhasa apso behavior, your dog needs both mental and physical exercise on a daily basis. When training this dog, you should have the right mindset. The dog is obedient and affectionate with its masters but can sometimes be stubborn especially if the owner is weak. This breed of dogs also displays a suspicious nature with strangers.
Be Extra Caring
If you are looking for a cute dog, then look no further, the Lhasa Apso is the dog for you. This breed of dogs is just irresistible but one that requires a lot of maintenance. Its long hair requires regular care so that it does not mat up in clumps. This breed of dogs also has floppy ears that are prone to infections. However, the cuteness should not give you the wrong impression because this breed of dogs is more difficult to train and also more stubborn than other dogs.
Be Gone…that’s fine
You do not have to take your dog for outdoor exercise because they can comfortably play and exercise indoors. They are also playful and good at entertaining themselves so you do not have to always be around. Some dogs will get serious separation anxiety if you leave them alone, a well trained Lhasa would not.
Be Dog Allergy Free
Lhasa Apsos make great pets. They are also a good choice if you or any member of your family is allergic to dogs. You can live comfortably with the Lhasa Apso. They do not bark unnecessarily like most other dogs because they have a discriminating hearing. They are able to distinguish between unusual and day to day noise.
Be Health Worry Free
Another reason you might want to own the Lhasa Apso is that they are a healthy breed with very few health issues. However, to be on the safe side, you should get your dog from a quality breeder.
Other Non-Sporting Dogs
The Lhasa Apso belongs to the Non-Sporting Group. The breeds in this group are all over the spectrum when it comes to appearance, and their temperaments are equally diverse. Take a look at the following temperaments of other members of this group to get a feel for their personalities.
- French Bulldog temperament
- Boston Terrier temperament
- Bichon Frise temperament
- Dalmatian temperament
- Chow Chow temperament
- Bulldog temperament