Lhasa Apso – The Little Dog Packed With Personality
The little dog is one of the most popular breeds in the world. They are very friendly, affectionate and playful dogs.
Their personalities make them easy to live with. However, they have their downsides too; some of which include: shyness, lack of social skills, nervousness and being easily startled or frightened.
As they grow older they tend to become less sociable and quiet. Some of these traits may even lead to behavioral problems such as aggression, hyperactivity and destructive behavior.
Lhasa Apso are known for their love of attention and affection. They will often follow owners around everywhere.
If left alone, they might do nothing but bark at the sky or whine. When not handled properly, they can become aggressive towards humans or other animals (including each other).
They are highly intelligent and can learn new things quickly if taught correctly.
Lhasa Apso are usually born with long fur, but it doesn’t always stay that way. Sometimes they lose their coats due to illness or accidents.
They sometimes go through phases where they shed their coat regularly.
In general, lhasa apso are very good natured and loving dogs who enjoy spending time with family members and friends. They are happiest when kept indoors and never leave the house unless they must hunt for food or water.
Lhasa Apso are a very loyal breed of dog. They are intelligent and learn commands very quickly, however some can be a bit stubborn.
They are prone to separation anxiety as they do not like being left alone for extended periods of time. Owners need to make sure they spend quality time with them, or they will become destructive.
These dogs need a lot of attention and companionship, and do not do well when left alone for long periods of time. This does not mean that they are “yappy” dogs.
Quite the contrary, they are often very quiet and will not bark unless it is necessary. They may whine or whimper instead.
The Lhasa Apso is a people-oriented dog and will get upset if left alone for extended periods of time. They thrive on attention and require lots of it.
Without it, they will begin to display their unhappiness through a number of ways. They may bark more than usual, or become destructive and sneaky.
Lhasa Apso have a tendency to become one-person dogs because they prefer the companionship of their owners over all others. They do well with children and other pets if they are socialized with them at a young age.
They tend to do okay with other animals, but may chase small, furry ones like cats if they catch them. It is also best to keep them away from strange dogs as they have a tendency to be aggressive to them and this behavior must be curbed early.
Lhasa Apsos are very intelligent dogs that need their mental energy expended every day. Otherwise, they will find their own ways to use their natural instinctive energies.
They tend to be destructive if not given an adequate way to release their energy. These dogs are very active and require long walks or jogs, as well as playing fetch or Frisbee with their owners. If these dogs are kept indoors they need to be given a lot of toys to keep them busy.
They do not make good watchdogs as they are too friendly to intruders and will most likely try to greet them. They are good guard dogs as they have a loud bark and will alert owners of anyone around, but they tend to do this at the sight of anything.
Lhasa Apsos need owners who are naturally authoritative over them. These dogs thrive on structure.
Without it they will become unmanageable. Owners need to be firm, but steady with them. They respond well to this type of training.
One of the most important things owners need to remember when training these dogs, is that they respond very well to praise and positive reinforcement. They do not respond well to violent or harsh treatment.
Biting is a common problem with these dogs. It is not due to them being vicious creatures, but more so because they are very mouthy.
This mouthiness is a trait that is seen in many of these dogs at a young age. It can be very annoying to owners, as they have a tendency to nip, chew, and bite anything they can get their teeth on. This can be something as simple as clothes or something complex like a leather shoe. It is important to try and curb this behavior when the dog is still young. This can be done by gently but firmly getting them to let go when they bite, and giving them an object to chew on instead.
Lhasa Apsos are also prone to getting obesity. These dogs have a tendency to eat everything they are given and therefore, tend to become overweight if not properly exercised and fed a specialized diet.
Obesity can lead to a myriad of problems for the dog including illness and a shortening of the dog’s life.
Just like with people, Lhasa Apsos can have a number of health issues.
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