A Silky Lhasa is the intentional cross-breeding of a Silky Terrier and a Lhasa Apso. The resultant breed is a 10-13-pound toy breed with a long silky coat. They love to spend time with their family, go for walks, have fun, and play with toys. What they don’t enjoy, however, is being left alone to their own devices. When you do so, you can expect to come home to a yappy, destructive and bored dog with a lot of making up to do! To stop destructive behavior, you can do the following activities with your Silky Lhasa.
Given that a Silky Lhasa has a long, silky coat, you would think that such a breed would not enjoy being in any water. However, for most Silky Lhasas, that couldn’t be further from the truth. On a hot summer’s day when you have an hour to spare, they can love nothing more than getting out into the water and spending time playing with a toy. All you need to do is select a swimming spot, grab a toy and towel, and enjoy this free activity. What’s more, it’s bound to deplete their energy resources more than you’d think possible!
If you live in an apartment or it rains a lot where you live, then you will need to come up with plenty of rainy-day options to keep your Silky Lhasa entertained. Fortunately, for a small dog, fetch makes an excellent indoor game. You only need a cheap fetch toy, 20 minutes to spare, a spacious room, and you can be playing a fun, high-energy game that will see your Silky Lhasa tired and ready for a long nap! What’s more, it’s both a rainy-day activity and one you can carry out when you don’t feel like venturing outdoors.
Whether you’re short on time or your Silky Lhasa has become a little bit round over the colder months, it might be time for you (both) to step on the treadmill! Fortunately, you can not only buy one for yourself, but your four-legged companion as well. Treadmills for dogs are becoming more common by the day, and even though they can be expensive, it’s an exercise in the normal difficulty range that only takes up half an hour of your time with the use of a leash alongside the treadmill. If you live somewhere where it’s not convenient to walk your dog, you may find getting your Silky Lhasa a treadmill could be an excellent idea.
Silky Lhasas are lap dogs around the house, but they can also enjoy being lap dogs in your car! Most Silky Lhasas love the opportunity to go for a ride, getting out of the house and becoming a people watcher. This activity is one you can include in your everyday errands without having to set aside any extra time. However, remember to leave your dog at home with shade and water on a hot day as opposed to bringing them in your car with you.
When you’re stressed and tense, you often go for a massage. Therefore, if you find your dog has been tense or stressed, you can always treat them to one as well! Doggy massage is something you can do at home and takes minimal effort. Begin by rubbing their head, moving down their neck with gentle to firm pressure in circular motions. The rhythmic motion can be enough to send them to sleep!
The Silky Lhasa is a fun, energetic, and passionate little dog with so much love to give. However, they are a not a pooch you can leave at home for hours on end and expect to come home to the property how you left it! Instead, it’s likely to look like a bomb has hit it. Rather than risk that, fill your dog’s excitement meter with these activities above. Swimming, car rides, massage, and even walking on a treadmill can be all it takes to stimulate your pup both mentally and physically.