Activities For Lhasapoos

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Introduction

The Lhasa Apso and the Poodle are two of the most well-known dog breeds in the world, both of which are beloved by many dog lovers. But did you know that when you cross these two dog breeds, you get one of the most adorable designer dogs? The combination of these two is called the Lhasapoo. While the hybrid is quite recent, Lhasapoos have already built a good impression among dog enthusiasts because of their cute appearance, loving personality, moderate exercise and maintenance requirements and high levels of intelligence. A great choice for an apartment, condo or home setting, the Lhasapoo is a top choice if you want a buddy to have around. 

Grooming

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Dog shampoo
Dog brush
Nail trimmer
Ear cleaner
Towel
Leash (optional)
Activity description

Both the Lhasa Apso and the Poodle rely heavily on their appearances; owners of these breeds regularly have them groomed and maintained. Hence, it should be no surprise that the Lhasapoo has similar grooming requirements. The challenging part, however, is leaving your furbaby in the groomer or doggy spa. Lhasapoos can get quite attached to their owners and, as such, they can be timid when left behind with strangers. A solution to this would be to do the grooming yourself. Regularly grooming your dog presents a lot of benefits; your dog stays clean and healthy and you get to grow closer and develop your trust and bond with each other. 

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Organize your materials
To get your dog groomed and all cleaned up, you need to prepare the materials to be used. The essentials include dog shampoo, a dog brush, ear cleaner and trimmer for your dog’s nails. If you have no idea about what kind of shampoo to get, you may consult with your veterinarian and ask which variety of shampoo to use. Oftentimes, vet clinics even sell their own shampoos.
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Bathe your pooch
Once you have all the materials set, decide where you want to bathe your dog. You may do it outdoors, such as in your backyard, or inside your bathroom using a tub. When you have decided, take your dog and get them wet, preferably using lukewarm water. Then, take some of the shampoo and apply it to your dog’s body. Make sure to scrub all the parts of your dog well. Once you are satisfied, rinse your dog and pat dry with the towel.
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Do the finishing touches
When your dog is all dried up, take your dog brush and gently brush their coat, making sure that there is no tangled fur. Then, you can move on to brushing your dog’s teeth and cleaning their ears. End the grooming session by clipping and filing your dog’s nails. Be careful not to cut too close to prevent bleeding.
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Birthday Party

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Doggy birthday cake
Decorations
Dog food
Water
Toys (optional)
Activity description

The day that your dog was born is one of the most special occasions of the year and one that you need to celebrate. The best way to commemorate this wonderful day is to throw a lovely birthday party. This doggy party will not only be celebratory; it will also double as a way for your pooch to socialize with other people and canines. While your dog might not understand what is going on and won’t be able to interact with their “guests”, they will surely feel loved as long as they are surrounded by the people closest to them. Getting to eat whatever they want is just the icing on the (birthday) cake!

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Finalize the guest list
One of the key elements of any party is the guest list. This is an important decision to make because your guests will either make or break your celebration. Since your dog is the star of the night, it would be best to invite people who regularly interact with your pooch. Also, invite some dog owners and ask them to bring their own pets so your dog will have some playmates.
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Prepare the party needs
Once the guest list is finalized, the next step would be to prepare the venue where the party will be held. More often than not, you will serve as the host to your dog’s birthday party. Turn your place into a funhouse by putting up dog-related decorations. Also, make sure to have enough food and drinks for both your human and canine guests. Of course, don’t forget to buy your beloved pooch a cake!
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Have a blast!
When everything is all set up, it is now time to get the party started. As guests slowly arrive one by one, make sure to have your pooch alongside you to welcome them. Offer some snacks or refreshments to your guests and allow them to mingle with the birthday celebrant. When all your guests have arrived, blow out your dog’s birthday cake and leave the canines to their own devices while you catch up with your own friends.
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Rollerblading

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Rollerblades
Harness
Leash
Activity description

Rollerblading is an activity that has been around for decades but still remains a fun and entertaining activity for people of all ages. Rollerblading enthusiasts live for the mornings when they can strap on their wheels, head out and skate to their heart’s content. To make things more interesting, you can go and bring your dog on your skating excursion. This activity will serve as an amazing exercise routine for both you and your pooch. Furthermore, it also serves as an enjoyable quality time together. However, keep in mind that this activity is no walk in the park and that it takes time to train your dog to go rollerblading with you. 

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Invest in the proper gear
If you plan to go rollerblading with your dog on the regular, then it is best to invest in the right gear as early as now. In doing so, you get to train your pooch properly. The primary gear that you will need are a harness for your dog and a leash that is long enough to keep you and your dog separated while skating. For yourself, you need to have a helmet, wrist guards and elbow and knee pads in case of accidents.
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Train the commands
Success in rollerblading with your pooch relies heavily on how well your dog can follow commands. This should be your main focus before trying out the real thing. Some of the most commonly used commands in rollerblading include “go”, “stop” and “heel”. Other commands such as “leave it” might also come in handy, especially if your dog suddenly encounters other creatures during your skating session. Work on the commands for about 10 to 15 minutes per day until your dog fully grasps them.
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Try skating together
When you are confident in your dog’s comprehension of the commands and feel like you are ready to do the actual skating, choose an area to try it out. A wide open area that is not too crowded is an ideal spot. Put the harness and leash on your dog and start to skate slowly while your dog follows you. Eventually, you may increase speed and when you do, your dog will follow suit. Make sure to keep a safe distance between you and your pooch. Also, check your dog for signs of fatigue and always hydrate every now and then.
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Scream for Ice Cream

One of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer day is by getting some ice cream. You and your dog can both savor this sweet treat. Just visit your local ice cream shop and get your usual flavor while your dog gets plain old vanilla. Bonus points if the shop has an outdoor seating area so you and your dog can enjoy your ice cream together.

Canine Musical Freestyle

Canine musical freestyle is a form of dancing that involves you and your dog. In this activity, you and your dog dance to a song and certain choreography. It’s a great way for your pooch to bond with you and to blow off steam at the same time. It is also a fun activity that you can do regularly together. 

Conclusion

The Lhasapoo is a wonderful hybrid dog that has seized the hearts of many dog enthusiasts because of the many great attributes that they possess. They love to be in the spotlight and are not afraid to show it. Smart, good-natured, vigorous and terribly endearing, this breed can bring so much joy to the lives of their owners and families.