Activities For Westie-Lasos

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Introduction

If you find yourself in ownership of a Westie-Laso, then congratulations. This comical, friendly and excitable little dog is about to bring a whole lot of joy into your life. However, even though the Westie-Laso seems easy-going, fun-loving, and relaxed, they require a lot of mental and physical stimulation. What’s more, they are all too quick to jump on the defensive and not welcome new pets and strangers with open paws. You might come across a few challenges with this West Highland White Terrier and Lhasa Apso cross, so you may like to try out these activities below to keep their little minds and bodies active.

Bark Training

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Any Day
Free
Hard
5 min
Items needed
Toy
Treats
Activity description

As soon as your Westie-Laso makes themselves at home, they will quickly establish their territory. Every visitor, bird, and passerby is not welcome in your house anymore. Therefore, the quicker you can create some ground rules, the better. Beginning bark training is no straightforward task - particularly as Westie-Lasos like to do their own thing and on their terms.  However, at least it doesn’t cost anything! You need to set aside five minutes of your time in any weather and have a treat and toy at the ready. While bark training won’t stop your Westie-Laso from alerting you to visitors, it will at least reduce the frequency of their yapping.

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Bark triggers
The first step is to identify the triggers behind your dog’s yapping. What makes them tick? This step is important because you may be able to solve some of the problems before moving onto the next step. For example, if your dog barks at the neighbor’s cat because it sits on your fence birdwatching, make the fence inaccessible or unattractive to the cat. Use your initiative to try and solve as many bark triggers as possible.
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Replace triggers
The next step is to try to override what makes your dog bark. Use something loud, such as clapping your hands or coins in a tin and make a sound when your dog begins to bark. The sudden shock of a loud noise will stop them from barking. Over time and with consistency, your dog will come to expect a loud, unattractive sound when they yap and they will be less likely to make a sound.
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Fill mouth
If you want to stop your dog’s barking sooner rather than later, then once you’ve identified what makes them bark more often than not, you can choose strategic times to give your dog treats and toys. If you partner this with a high energy voice, your dog will come to connect a reward with them not barking.
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Car Ride

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Cold Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Car harness
Activity description

Often, if you want to entertain your Westie-Laso, you merely have to let them do things with you. You don’t always have to target specific dog activities to them. If you’re running errands, popping to the shop, or going on a short trip to see a friend, your Westie-Laso can come along for the ride. Westie-Lasos love the car, and it makes sense on a cold day to take them out on a trip. It doesn’t cost a dime, can fill in half an hour or so, and you only need a dog harness. After your round trip, your dog will have enjoyed all the excitement of seeing what goes on beyond their fence.  

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Harness training
If you’re taking your Westie-Laso for a ride in the car, you need to get them familiar with a car harness. Such a product keeps your pooch safe - especially in an accident when they can become a projectile. Your dog is unlikely to take to a harness right away, and you will need to utilize it around home before you put it in your car. Keep it in the house, feed your dog treats around it, and get them familiar with the sounds it makes if it has any clips. By the time you need to use it in the car, it won’t be a new, foreign object anymore.
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Car etiquette
Right from the beginning, it’s important to establish car rules with your dog. Take treats with you to reaffirm these rules. Your dog will need to stay still, not run around the car when you’re putting on the harness or taking it off, and they shouldn’t chew the harness either. Reward your dog with treats for good behavior, but take note of body language too. A dog that chews their harness can often be stressed by the experience and may not enjoy their car ride.
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Drive
With your Westie-Laso strapped in, you can hit the road. Wind the window down a little bit so they can experience the kaleidoscope of scents, sights, and sounds. While your dog won’t be able to move around too much, they can still get an excellent view of what’s happening around them. The car ride will be an adventure and something they will always enjoy.
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Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

Finding activities that don’t cost a dime isn’t all that straightforward, but fortunately, a walk is both fun and free. On a sunny day, you can set aside half an hour of your time, grab a leash and waste bag, and take your Westie-Laso on an adventure. A walk can also be anything you like. You can go for a bush walk, head to a local garden or park, or even stop by the dog park if your pooch is particularly social. The sky’s the limit for where this simple activity can take you. Grab your leash and hit the road, your doggo is waiting!

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Bush walk
If the sun’s out but you wouldn’t mind a bit of relief coupled with the sweet smell of nature, then consider taking your Westie-Laso on a bush walk in the forest. There are many short and long tracks that are bound to appeal. However, given how small your Westie-Laso is, ensure the walk is no longer than 30-45 minutes. Their tiny legs can only take so much.
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Dog park
If you have finished with a bush walk, or you fancy something else, meander down to the dog park. If your Westie-Laso is dog-friendly, this will be a welcomed outing. You can put them in the small dog enclosure and let them run around and smell all the new scents. A walk around the dog park will tire them out more than anything else.
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Neighborhood walk
How often do you get the opportunity to walk around your neighborhood and catch up on all the happenings? Cars have meant that we typically travel by vehicle to our destination and don’t see where we’re going or what has changed along the way. Make a point of including a half-hour walk into your routine at least once per day or every second day. Both you and your dog will enjoy the experience.
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Chew toys

Young Westie-Lasos enjoy your favorite pair of shoes as much as you do - but not because they match their outfit. Instead of sacrificing your heels, buy your Westie-Laso a few chew toys that can keep them entertained for hours. Fortunately, these don’t cost a lot of money and last a long time with such a small dog.  

Grooming

With the inclusion of the Lhasa Apso into this dog’s breed, a grooming regime can be necessary. Every six weeks you will need to take them to a groomer so they can look and feel at their best. However, in between times, you can do your part to make sure your dog looks tidy. Brush out knots and tangles and cut out any matting. Start from a young age and consider bribing your dog with treats, so they behave!  

Conclusion

There’s no denying that a Westie-Laso can behave a lot like an insolent child - but they are adorable with it! As long as you have plenty of fun and stimulating activities up your sleeve, you can also ensure your Westie-Laso is happy, healthy, and thoroughly stimulated. They will also furever be your lifelong friend.