Activities For Lhasa Apsos

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Introduction

The Lhasa Apso is descended from the royal dogs of the Chinese emperor; however, today, the breed is a loyal companion dog. During the breed's time as a royal pup, the Lhasa Apso was a palace guard. Although the breed is very small, these dogs are noted for their independence and stamina. The Lhasa Apso is great with children; in fact, activities children can do with the Lhasa are beneficial to both the pup and your child. The Lhasa Apso can potentially put on weight if they are not properly exercised. They are extremely playful and should receive a moderate amount of activity in order to prevent their getting into mischief.

Hit the Beach

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Sunny Day
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30 min
Items needed
doggy waste bags
leash
toys
Activity description
Most pups love playing on the beach, and the Lhasa Apso is no exception! There are many things that you can do with your Lhasa Apso while on the beach. The Lhasa loves to play fetch, so be sure to bring some of your pooch's favorite toys for this activity. The Lhasa loves to be involved with the family and likes outdoor fun. Your pup will also enjoy a walk along the beach. You can also bury toys for your pup to dig up while playing on the beach. You might want to take a little caution in getting the Lhasa wet if you keep your dog's hair long and you're in between grooming appointments.
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Take a walk
The beach is a great place for both you and your pup to take a walk. The sand provides a low-impact surface for you and your pal to walk on. You also don't have to worry about your dog's paws becoming irritated like you might when walking on asphalt. Be sure to stay in areas designated as dog-friendly.
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Play fetch
Lhasa Apsos naturally love playing fetch. Grab a small tennis ball (you can find these at your pet supply store) or grab a favorite toy and just have fun running along the beach. Again, be sure that you stay within designated dog areas. If the game goes on for an extended time, be sure to give your dog plenty of water breaks.
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Let's dig
The beach is the perfect place to allow your pup to do something that comes naturally - digging! Grab a toy that you don't mind getting a little "sandy" and let your pup see you bury it. Then, encourage them to dig for it. (You may need to demonstrate!) Always give praise when your dog does what you expect.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
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leash
treats
doggy waste bags
Activity description
The Lhasa Apso will enjoy a fun day at the dog park with you. In fact, depending on your location, the dog park near you might have a walking track which is safer than actually walking in your neighborhood (particularly if you don't relish walking your pup near traffic). Many dog parks also have enclosed areas in which you can let your pup loose to play freely. In fact, many parks will feature an enclosed area for dogs of similar size (one area for small dogs, and one for larger canines). Furthermore, there are many different ways you can play with your pup at the dog park, such as by traversing an agility course.
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Take a walk
Many dog parks are enclosed so that you can let your pooch off the leash to run and play without fear that they can escape. Provided that your dog has a good grasp on the command "come," then you can allow the pup to run and play freely. Always be aware of your dog's interaction with other canines to ensure that no one gets too rough.
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Agility exercises
Many dog parks have obstacles set up that you can utilize to work with your pup. Depending on the facilities, there may be "tunnels" for your dog to go through or "boulders" for them to climb. Utilize the platforms to teach your dog to "come" and to "stay."
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Socialization
The dog park provides the perfect place for you to offer your Lhasa Apso some socialization opportunities. Many parks offer areas in which your pup can mingle with other small dogs (while the large dogs are separated in another area). Your Lhasa will love the chance to play with other pups.
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Backyard Obstacles

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Sunny Day
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45 min
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porch or deck steps
toys
treats
Activity description
If you have an enclosed backyard, then you can utilize this area to help your Lhasa Apso exercise. Turn normal objects in your backyard into obstacles for your pup to master. Do you have a back deck with steps? (You can also use steps going into your house, even without a deck.) Send your pup on a treasure hunt to find treats at the top of those steps. Do you have a small garden? Treat it as a maze for your pup to run through. When all else fails, have your Lhasa Apso chase you around the yard.
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Treasure hunt
If you have steps attached to your house, you can utilize them to have your pup go on a treasure hunt. At first, you may need to let your pup see you "hiding" the treasure. Then, lead your pup to each treasure (usually a small treat) and encourage them to grab the treasure.
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A-maze-ing exercise
Do you have a garden? Is it planted in rows? Utilize the rows to make a maze for your pup to master. Go to the end of the row, and call your pup's name. Then move out of the dog's line of sight. Call your pup's name while out of sight. The pup will enjoy seeking you out in the maze.
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Let's play chase
In the privacy of your backyard, you can afford to be a little silly. Perhaps you have children who will enjoy a game of chase with your pup. All that needs to be done is calling to your pup, then jogging away while encouraging the pup to come after you. Give a fun intonation to your voice, which will let your buddy know that you are excited and ready to play.
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Throwing the Ball

Lhasa Apsos love to play fetch. However, experts caution that you should always watch the Lhasa Apso for overexertion. Also, if you are in a very warm climate, be sure that the Lhasa does not get overheated.

Walking

The Lhasa Apso needs to have at least thirty minutes of exercise daily. Your perky pal will benefit from two short, brisk fifteen minute walks in your neighborhood or at the dog park.

Conclusion

The Lhasa Apso is an adorable little pup; although they may be small, they are full of energy and personality. The Lhasa does not require a great deal of exercise; a half-hour to one hour of activity daily is sufficient to keep the highly intelligent Lhasa Apso from becoming bored and getting into mischief. Watch for signs of excessive thirst or overexertion.