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    How to make a Lhasa Apso listen?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceWednesday 16 October 2013

    Lhasa Apso dogs can make great pets when trained correctly. This beautiful breed, with roots in Tibet, still maintains its position as a treasured lap dog and family member. This breed is a small dog that stands between 10 and 11 inches tall and weighs between 13 and 15 pounds. Lhasa Apsos have long and fluffy coat that comes in various colours, such as: shades of sand, dark grizzle, smoke, white, gold, honey and brown.

    However, Lhasa Apsos might result stubborn sometimes. That is why their owners must understand how to work with them and how to train them correctly.

    Lhasa Apsos owners might feel sometimes that their dogs tend to ignore their commands and that do not pay them attention. Lhasa Apso dogs must be taught how to listen to ensure that they can learn and follow through with other commands, which is vital to the dog's safety and the owner's bond with the animal. You should remember to establish yourself as the boss. Never let thisdog to take over the control of a given situation. You are the person that gives or denies your Lhasa Apso to do things.

    Once this dog believes that he is the leader, he will start to ignore your commands. Thus, you must teach the dog that humans are the ones in charge and you are the boss. Try, for instance, eating your meal before the dog gets his and make him work for treats instead of getting them for free. Soon, he will learn you are the one in charge.

    Although a Lhasa Apso do not require much exercise, it is recommended that you take your dog on a walk every day. This way you are ensuring that your canine friend gets enough exercise as well as providing him a good experience for his mental health. A well-exercised dog is more likely to have good behavior as it gets rid of its energy.

    Use simple, one-word commands when training your Lhasa Apso. Get your dog's attention by saying its name and then give a command such as "sit." If you make things too complicated, your dog will be less likely to listen to what you are saying. Don't overwhelm your dog with commands that are too difficult for her to decipher. Once your dog does well, give it treats and praise. By reinforcing proper behavior, you will find that your Lhasa Apso becomes more inclined to listen to you and follow through with commands. Eventually, as your dog begins to respond to you reliably, you can taper off giving treats.

    Consider taking a training class with your dog to establish a bond and help the dog learn a good behaviour. Never hit or yell at your dog when training him. This will only cause more negative behavior.


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