Activities For Lhasaneses

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Introduction

The Lhasanese is a mixed breed dog that combines the Pekingese and the Lhasa Apso. The result is a cuddly lap dog who needs little physical activity to stay healthy. For this reason, they are commonly sought after by owners of small homes or apartments. Though they don't need extensive exercise, there are a variety of ways for you to keep your Lhasanese happy and stimulated. 

The Lhasa Apso is known for having long luxurious hair that hangs down over their face if not maintained. With an elegant appearance and bold personality, the Apso attracts attention from anyone who crosses their path. They are a loud pup for their size, and they tend to bark at strangers or unknown situations, and if not trained and socialized correctly, this can become overbearing at times. The Lhasa Apso is easy to satisfy physically with a good romp in the yard or short walk. Likewise, the Pekingese is independent. They too love to guard and protect their family, making for a "pawfect" watchdog. For this reason, it's good to provide your Lhasanese with some form of work, or duty as well as activities and games for entertainment.

Teaching Door Manners

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30-60 min
Items needed
Treats
Another individual
Activity description

Teaching your pooch how to answer the door correctly comes with many benefits, though it can take time with the Lhasonese because of their tendency to bark. Not only does the activity give your pooch plenty of exposure to interactions with strangers (such as friends and family who aid you with this task) but it also gives them a chance to practice many of their obedience training skills. 

This activity teaches your dog that you're the leader and that they don't need to worry about or bark at visitors; it's you who will greet them. It will take lots of practice, but the training will lead to a much quieter household. It will also lead to less barking when a stranger passes by, such as the mail person, because your dog will learn that they don't need to worry about unknown people, you can handle it. 

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Preparing for the Knock
To prepare for the knock, you must first teach your pup how to sit. This will take many obedience lessons prior to the actual door-knocking session. Use positive reinforcement and lots of treats to increase the amount of time your dog can stay sitting for. When you do finally begin the sessions for door answering you'll need to begin by having your Lhasanese sit and stay while you go and ring the bell.
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When the Bell Rings
For your initial sessions, you'll be ringing the bell on your own. You can practice ringing the bell with your pup in sight because then you can immediately correct them when they leave the sitting position to run to the door. Do this by entering inside and cutting off their path. Sternly command them to sit and wait. Back them up to the spot they began in, and try again.
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Introducing an Actor
After you've practiced repeatedly on your own, you can introduce an actor. The actor will knock on the door randomly after being communicated with by cell phone. You will know about the knock so be prepared by standing close to the door, between it and your dog. As soon as the doorbell rings and they begin to bark and make their way towards it, give the command to stop, sit and stay while you take the lead in answering the door. Remember practice makes "pawfect" so repeat your sessions many times before expecting "pawfection."
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Taking Regular Car Rides

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15-45 min
Items needed
Car
Waste Bag
Leash
Activity description

Lhasanese dogs tend to enjoy spending afternoons lounging around the house or in a lap of a loved one. They don't require strenuous exercise but that doesn't mean they don't need stimulation. Exposing your pup to new situations and stimuli will promote healthy brain growth and development, while simultaneously sparking their curiosity.

Get your Lhasanese outside and into new territory regularly by taking car rides together. The car ride will provide a wealth of stimulation in the form of new sights and sounds. The benefit of this activity is that you can finish it off by visiting a new park or field so your pooch can run around and stretch their legs. Car rides are simple and require minimal materials, aside from the car itself and any seat covers you purchase.  Take short car rides that range from 5 to 20 minutes and include a play session for at least another 15 minutes. The activity will be intriguing but exhausting for your pooch, so expect them to sleep soundly afterward

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Preparing Your Vehicle
Get ready for the ride by making your pup a space in the car. If they ride up front, they'll likely see more since their tiny size can inhibit their view out the back windows. You can invest in seat covers to protect your upholstery during the ride, especially if you stop off at a muddy hang out to end off your trip. Purchase these ahead of time and install them in your vehicle. Grab a toy you can use for your play session after as well as their leash and a waste bag.
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Visiting Different Sites
Every time you take your pooch for a ride, drive down different roads and take a new route. Let them see the full extent of your town by taking them to parks or fields they've never seen before. The more sites they see, the busier their brain will become processing the stimuli and engaging their interest!
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Ending at a Destination
Of course, a car ride is the most rewarding if it brings you and your pooch to an exciting destination. Whenever you go for a car ride, choose a spot to end off your ride where your pup can get out, stretch their legs and roam off leash. Maybe your car ride leads you to the dog park, or just an open field with lots of space to explore.
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At-Home Date Night

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
1-2 hr
Items needed
Dog Friendly Film
Comfortable Bedding
Gourmet Meals & Treats for Two
TV and Couch
Activity description

Spend a rainy afternoon cuddling on your couch with your Lhasanees comfortably at your side. You can easily turn your house into an at home entertainment center by prepping a meal for the two of you ahead of time, in addition to setting the stage for a movie. Be creative and pick a movie that relates to both of your interests, like one starring a four-legged champion.

After you’ve set up your theatre and prepped your meal, spend hours with your pooch dining and relaxing side by side. Plan to take a short break about midway through the movie so your pooch can pop outside and use the washroom. 

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Set the Stage
Set the stage by gathering the movie and your dinner supplies before the planned movie night. Swing out to the grocery store in the morning and pick up a special meal for you and a treat for your pooch. When you get home, make the viewing area into a home theatre by adding blankets and bedding for extreme comfort. Turn down the lights and set up an eating space the two of you can share!
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Enjoying a Meal Together
Before starting your movie, sit down to a delicious homecooked meal with your Lhasanese. If your pooch has a strict diet, stick to it, but add some treats to spice things up. Set up the meal so you eat side by side and make their space cozy by using a placemat.
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While Watching the Movie
After you eat, get comfortable and start your film. During the movie, you can cuddle your pooch and treat them to a body massage. Give them lots of love and attention by petting and praising them. About halfway through, after the food has had time to digest, take a break so your pup can stretch their legs and use the washroom. If they're disinterested in the break, continue the film and save it for after!
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Spend a Day at The Spa

Pamper your Lhasanese just like the Pekingese were pampered in ancient times, by spending a day out at a spa together. Get a manicure and pedicure side by side at a human-animal spa and use the outing to practice their newly learned social skills.

Mingling with Others

Give your Lhasanese lots of opportunities to socialize from a young age, so that they learn to control their reactions to strange animals and people. You can do this by walking them regularly, practicing your door manner activities with friends and family members as well as setting up play dates with other dogs.

Conclusion

The Lhasanese is small but bold pooch, who enjoys lounging around the house as much as a good game of play. This hybrid dog breed requires only minimal physical exercise each day, though consistent mental and physical stimulation, coupled with early socialization techniques will help them develop into a confident and calm canine. 

Start your Lhasanese's training early by teaching them how to respond to strangers with door answering exercises after they learn obedience basics. This activity will help you control your dog's tendency to bark, "ultimuttly" leading to a quieter household. On those days when the weather just isn’t cooperating, make the most of it by spending quality time with your Lhasanese by visiting the spa or enjoying dinner and a movie at home. When the sun is shining, go for a peaceful car ride and treat your pooch to a visit to an open field. You could also stop by a dog park so your pup has ample "oppawtunity" to mingle with other dogs. With a busy activity schedule and lots of socialization, your Lhasanese will grow up to be an obedient companion who's a pleasure to pass time with.