How to Potty Train a Lhasa Apso

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Introduction

As you may have already discovered, the Lhasa Apso is one of the most fun-loving and mischievous breeds around. Because of this, it is important that you start training your pup as soon as possible. You can actually start training him at 8 to 12 weeks of age. Because of your pup's curious and mischievous nature, you need to socialize him and start obedience training as early as the day you bring him home. This will make it much easier for you to successfully train your Lhasa Apso pup that your house is not his personal toilet and that he needs to hold on until he is taken outside. 

Defining Tasks

The task at hand is simply to teach your pup that the only place he is allowed to go do his business is outside in the yard. Moreover, you can train your pup to go in one specific area of your lawn, helping to keep his mess all in one spot. Bear in mind, when you take your Lhasa Apso pup outside, the only thing he is likely to be interested in at such as young age is running around, playing, and doing anything except going potty. However, you should never scold or punish your Lhasa Apso when he has an accident in the house--these little guys don't like being yelled at and intimidating any dog into compliance is counterproductive in the long run. 

Getting Started

One of the most important aspects of potty training your pup falls on you. You need to keep a very close eye on your dog so that you can start picking up the signs he gives indicating he needs to go outside. These may include going to the door, sniffing at the carpet or floor, whining, squatting, and lifting his leg--among others. This can help you pick up on the fact he needs to go and could save you from any number of accidents. You also need a few "training" supplies.

  • Treats – To give as rewards.
  • A leash – To walk your pup outside to his "bathroom".
  • Crate – For those times when you aren't available to watch him.

Along with these, you need the time to spend training your pup and the patience to see the training through to a successful conclusion. You might also want to stock up on extra cleaning supplies for the inevitable messes your pup is bound to leave until he gets this whole potty training thing down pat. 

The Potty Spot Method

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Find a spot
The first part of potty training your Lhasa Apso is to choose a spot in the yard for him to use as his potty. This is important as, not only will it help him to understand what is expected of him in this spot, but it will help contain his mess to one area, making cleanup easier.
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Introduce your pup
Time to put your pup on his leash, give him the cue "Outside" and take him out to the area you have marked out. Keep him there until he goes potty or for 15 minutes, whichever comes first.
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If he goes
If he goes potty, be sure to praise him and give him a tasty treat. If not, take him back into the house for a little while (keeping a good eye on him) and then try again. It could simply be that he didn't need to go the first time. Be sure to praise him and give him a treat when he finally goes.
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Create a routine
Your pup will learn to go potty outside far more quickly if you set up a schedule whereby you take him out every 30 minutes at first. This helps him associate the timing with getting to go potty.
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Move on out
The rest is all about continuing to work with your pup until he finally starts to let you know when he needs to go out and no longer leaves you little puddles and piles to clean up.
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The Puppy Potty Smell Method

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Pick up some spray
Your local pet store sells puppy potty spray that is designed to make whatever you spray it on attract your dog and help him to feel like he needs to mark his territory. Of course, he does this by peeing and pooping.
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Choose your spot
Pick a spot in your yard that is going to become your pup's permanent potty. Spray liberally with the potty spray.
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Walkies time
Let's go for a walk! Put his leash on and as you go out the door, introduce the cue "Go outside?" in a questioning tone. You are trying to get him used to hearing you ask if he wants to go outside as his cue to go potty. Take him out to the marked area and let him sniff around.
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When he goes
Keep him out there for around 15 minutes. If he goes potty, be sure to praise him and give him a treat. If he doesn’t go, no big deal. Take him back in the house and try again in another 15 minutes.
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The rest
The rest is all about extending the time between when you take him out, being persistent, and of course, praising your pup when he gets it right.
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The On the Clock Method

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Gather your supplies
You are going to need a crate, your pup's leash, and a pocket full of treats.
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Weeks one and two
During the first two weeks after you start potty training, you should set a timer and take your pup out every hour. Even if you have just taken him out recently, the idea is to get your pup to the point where he knows when it is time to go outside. If he goes potty when you take him out, praise him and give him a treat.
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Weeks three and four
During these weeks, you need to extend the time between when he goes out to one and a half hours. The idea is to get him used to holding himself until you take him outside.
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Week four and beyond
At the end of week four, it will be time to set the timer for two hours. Make sure you continue to praise him and give him treats when he goes outside. Never punish him if he has an accident, just thoroughly clean the area so there is no trace of his scent.
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Make it happen
All that is left for you to do is keep working with your pup, cleaning up any accidents, and in time your Lhasa Apso will be fully potty trained.
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Kibo
Lhasa Apso
5 Weeks
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Kibo
Lhasa Apso
5 Weeks

Anger and he doesn't listen the owner words

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Alena, At five weeks of age pup is probably developmentally not ready for formal training or potty training. Pup is biting a lot at this age to learn about the world around them, so a lot of pup's biting is probably responsive, like how they would bite littermates and receive feedback from them. You can set up an exercise pen and cover the floor of the pen with disposable real grass pads on one end and a non-absorbent bed or connected crate without anything absorbent in it on the other side, to help pup get prepared for more formal potty training beginning around 8 weeks. https://wagwalking.com/training/litter-box-train-a-chihuahua-puppy www.freshpatch.com also on amazon Non-absorbent bed: www.primopads.com www.k9ballistics.com - non-absorbent crate mats Most puppies at five weeks should still be with mom and litter mates and are barely weaned from milk. Sometimes in certain rescue situations or mother dog rejection situations we have to step in an intervene early but raising a pup younger than 8 weeks is going to look different than when you bring an 8 week old pup home, as far as what they are developmentally ready for. Check out this free PDF e-book Before you Get Your Puppy, which can be downloaded at the link below. That book will cover some of what to expect at this age. You can also download After You Get Your Puppy at that link as well, which will cover more of what should be done once pup is 7-8 weeks. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads In preparation for outside potty training, you can gradually start getting pup used to a crate, but keep expectations low until pup is closer to 7 weeks. Surprise method: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate I would start formal crate training and outside potty training between 8-12 weeks. 8 weeks being my preference but pup will need to go out about every hour still at that age. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Gracie
Lhasa Apso
2 Months
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Gracie
Lhasa Apso
2 Months

Potty training. She pees outside but then comes in and pees and poops inside.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Kellie, It sounds like pup may not be finishing completely while outside. I would tell pup to Go Potty, reward with a treat when she goes, then walk her around for another ten minutes, telling her to "Go Potty" again. If pup hasn't pooped during that part of the day and has already had their meal, like breakfast, then assume pup still needs to poop after peeing. Most puppies do them separately and need to be walked more to complete pottying. It might look like "Go Potty" - walking - peeing. "Go Potty" - more walking - peeing. "Go Potty" - more walking - pooping. As pup learns the Go Potty command and gets older, they should get better at fully going and hurrying up. If pup appears to be finishing outside and still has that accident within twenty minutes of coming inside, I would speak with your vet. There may be an infection, such as a uti or parasite causing pup to need to go more often. I am not a vet. If pup is guzzling water as soon as they come inside, that might be the issue. Some puppies drink for pup. If that appears to be the case, I would give pup the opportunity to drink several times a day but then remove the water bowl between, or only put smaller amounts of water in it throughout the day. I usually give the water bowl after coming inside from pottying and with each meal and after exercising - although make pup take it a bit slow on the drinking after exercising. Finally, if pup is having an accident 45-60 minutes after coming back inside, check out the Crate Training method from the article I have linked below. Pup probably needs to be taken back outside soon or crated at the 45 minute mark, until it's been about an hour since their last potty trip. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Lhasa Apso
8 Weeks
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Lady
Lhasa Apso
5 Months
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Lhasa Apso
5 Months

My dog does not bark as much as I want it to...

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Elvis, First, know that many dogs do find their voice around a year to eighteen months, when sexual and mental maturity increases things like defense drive and territorial behavior. You can also teach pup to speak on command, then set up situations where you want pup to bark, command Speak then, and practice often enough that pup will begin to bark on their own before you command Speak when in those situations. To teach pup to bark and be more alert, first, teach pup the Speak command. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-speak For example, if you are wanting pup to alert you when someone is on your property, once pup knows the speak command, recruit friends pup doesn't know to step onto the property while pup watches from a window or fence. Command speak and reward with a treat when they do. Practice with telling pup to speak each time the person is on the property, until pup barks on their own when the person enters without saying speak. At that point, have the person step onto the property, wait seven seconds to see if pup will bark on their own, reward if they do, and command speak if they don't - then reward but give a smaller reward when you tell pup opposed to when pup does it on their own. Practice until pup will bark each time someone enters the property. Practice with different people you can recruit, that pup doesn't know so that pup will learn to do this with anyone who enters the property and not just that one person. Draw pup's attention to people outside or people on your property, and reward pup when you see them watching someone in general - so that pup will begin watching people and staying more alert as a habit. Pup doesn't have to bark to reward this one - just reward when pup is watching someone and you notice that. I also recommend teaching the Quiet command, so that you can tell pup when to stop barking after they alert. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Tenzon
Lhasa Apso
3 Months
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Tenzon
Lhasa Apso
3 Months

Hi, I just got my lhasa apso 3 days back. He is 3 months old. Every time i take him for potty, hoe just sits down there and wants to eat grass. It is not looking like potty training but more fun for him. Please give me your thoughts. Also is it ok to wake him up to go potty if he is sleeping happily? Thanks.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Leuba, It should be fine to wake pup up if you really need them to go sooner than when they would be going if you wait, like if you need to go somewhere. I would calmly say pup's name to wake them, then offer a small treat when they wake so they learn to wake up happy and relaxed and not feel defensive about being woken up. When you take pup outside to go potty, take them on a leash and slowly walk them around, keeping them moving at least a bit. After they go potty, give a small treat that was hidden in your pocket (keep it hidden until after pup goes so they aren't distracted by it though. The Go Potty command helps pup learn to go more quickly after a few time practicing that. The leash and movement is important - most pups will just sit or eat grass if you don't because they don't understand the goal of being out there yet. The movement helps them feel the need to go, then when they are rewarded for going, they slowly start making the connection between them going while moving and being rewarded for it, so they go more quickly in the future as they begin to understand. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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