Bringing your new Lhasa Apso puppy home and turning him loose is not a wise decision. The enormity of the place would be too much for him to handle. Instead, offer the puppy clearly defined areas where he can play, sleep, eat and live. A room of the house where the family gathers is the most obvious choice. Puppies are social animals and need to feel a part of the pack.
Within that room, there should be a smaller area that the puppy can call his own. The size of the area or crate is very important. The designated area should be lined with clean bedding and a toy. Water must always be available, in a non-spill container.
Your Lhasa Apso puppy should be taken to his relief area each time he is released from his designated area, after meals, after a play session and when he first awakens in the morning (at age 10 weeks, this can mean 5 a.m.). The puppy will indicate that he is “ready to go” by circling or sniffing busily.
Keep trips to his relief area short. Stay no more than five or six minutes and then return to the house. If he goes during that time, praise him and take him indoors immediately. If he does not, but he has an accident when you go back indoors, pick him immediately, say “No! No!” and return to the relief area. Never hit a puppy or put his face in urine or excrement when he has had an accident. Once indoors, put the puppy in his crate until you have had time to clean up his accident. Then release him to the family area. Each time you put a puppy in his own area, use the same command. Soon he will run to his crate or special area when he hears you say those words.
Limit Newspaper Use
Never line your pup’s sleeping area with newspaper. Puppy litters are usually raised on newspaper and, once in your home, the puppy will immediately associate newspaper with voiding. Never put newspaper on any floor while house-training, as this will only confuse the puppy. If you are paper-training him, use paper in his designated-relief area only. Finally, restrict water intake after evening meals. Offer a few licks at a time-never let your young puppy gulp water after meals.
Dogs urinate when they have low self-esteem or are frightened. However this trait is, more frequently seen, females, as urinating is a sign of submission. Do not mistake this for a lapse in house training.
Submissive urination is a natural way a low-ranking dog appeases a high-ranking one. This is why urinating, when excited, is more a puppy than an adult problem. Most pups look upon us big humans as naturally high-rankers. If your pup piddles when he sees you, do not reprimand him or show anger. Do not even stroke his head or reach down and touch him. These are the actions of high-rankers. Instead, ignore him and walk away, either to an area where there is a newspaper on plastic sheeting or out the back door where he can relieve himself.
Most pups outgrow submissive urinating as they mature and build confidence. Curiously, these pups are the easiest to obedience train because they concentrate so intently on you, but it is absolutely imperative to avoid scolding or anger during training. If your dog urinates submissively, keep plastic sheeting and an absorbent towel inside the front door, so you are prepared for mishaps during the training time necessary to bolster your dog’s self-confidence.
Lhasa Apsos are intelligent, alert, watchful, assertive, regal little dogs. Ideal watchdog. Big dog personality in a small package. This long-coated fellow makes an excellent apartment dog. Lhasa’s are very long-lived, playful and affectionate. Their independent and stubborn nature requires patience and understanding. In general, Lhasas are very eager to please, although some are aloof and haughty. They need to be trained with positive reinforcement — lots of praise and rewards.
Grooming requirements are pretty high. Daily brushing and combing (metal comb required) to prevent undercoat from matting. Bathe every 7 – 14 days. Professional grooming every 6 – 8 weeks. Lhasa sheds very little and is content to play at home or take a walk on a leash. He gets along well with other animals and is very patient with young children. Because of his independent nature, Lhasa can be very stubborn and reacts poorly to harsh language. Start obedience training early. This is a very sturdy breed and relatively free of health problems except for kidney disease. Poor circulation to ears may cause infection.