The Enga-Apso is a hybrid dog that's bred by combining the genes of the English Toy Spaniel with those of a purebred Lhasa Apso. This small breed dog is a relatively new addition to the dog world. They've been described as having a bouncy, curious and somewhat stubborn personality, coupled with a moderate energy level.
The Enga-Apsos get's their sometimes stubborn and extremely bold personalities from their Lhaso Apso parent. The Lhaso Apso has long hair that covers their eyes giving them an adorable appearance. They need daily excise in any form but they enjoy romps and games in the yard. The English Toy Spaniel can present themselves as calm and quiet, though they know how to have a fun time. They're a devoted companion who doesn't need an excess amount of exercise. Therefore, the Enga-Apsos can live in apartments, like their parent breeds, though you'll need to provide them with ample stimulation to keep them satisfied.
The Enga-Apso can have a tendency to dig or bark when left alone or when they have built up energy. Turn this negative into a constructive activity by creating a personalized dig space in your own backyard. If you don't have a backyard for digging, try a different outdoor game such as fetch or keep away.
For those who have a backyard with space to sacrifice, begin by deciding where you want the dig zone, and how big it will be. Once this is determined, you can pick up the necessary supplies to section off the area. With the dig zone built, give your pooch free reign and use conditioning to teach them the restrictions on digging. Use digging as an outlet for releasing energy and keeping your Enga-Apso occupied. Allow your pooch to dig during supervised sessions until you're sure they won't leave the zone.
Enga-Apsos are dogs that love to play, whether it's a romp in the yard or a brain game that gets them thinking. You can initiate and play a game at any time which is why they're convenient activities to use for exercise.
Try playing different games that can be used indoors and out, such as fetch, hide and seek or using a flirt pole. All three games require minimal materials to play. Once you have your flirt pole, a ball and some treats, you can play any of the activities conveniently. Diversify your Enga-Apsos activity schedule by trying out each game, and revisiting them repeatedly throughout the week. You can combine playing a game with digging, by using the dig area to hide objects as well as for digging freely.
Spend the day lounging by the pool or on the beach with your pooch. In this setting, you can explore various activities together that involves getting wet! Whether you're at a pool or beach, hit the water with your pup and enjoy some free swimming. Lead them through the water while they learn to navigate it on their own.
Once your pup's comfortable swimming, diversify their experience by adding some toys to the mix. Playing keep away is a fun way to encourage your pup to swim consistently for prolonged periods of time, which is great for their endurance! You could also bring your game of fetch to the water by tossing a favorite toy for your pooch to swim too, or try it on the beach to work up a sweat before hitting the water!
With the combined genes of the Lhasa Apso and English Toy Spaniel, the Enga-Apso makes for a bouncy and sometimes stubborn companion. The Enga-Apso needs lots out outlets for their energy so you must fill their schedule with interactive games and activities to keep them busy. During the hot and humid weather, hang out by a pool or at the beach so you can try out different water games like fetch, keep away or just free swimming.
If you're looking for activities you can do around the house or in the backyard, play a game of hide-and-seek, active fetch or get your Enga-Apso moving with a flirt pole. Another activity done right at home is creating a dig zone that they can use whenever needed. Like agility training, digging for items involves both thinking and moving. Finally, incorporate daily walks into your dog's schedule so you can reap the rewards together. With a small but active dog like the Enga-Apso, expect to spend at least 45 minutes to an hour stimulating them with activities each day!