How to Potty Train a Lhasa Apso

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3-6 Months
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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 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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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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Success Stories and Training Questions

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Zoey
Lhasa Apso
6 Months
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Zoey
Lhasa Apso
6 Months

Zoey prefers to go inside the house. How do I change that?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello Ayena, For stubborn potty training cases a strict crate training schedule combined with treats when she goes potty outside, is usually what I recommend. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Crate Training" method. Since Zoey is older than a little puppy now, you can take her potty every 2-4 hours when you are home and give her 1.5 hours of supervised freedom outside the crate after she goes potty outside before putting her back in the crate until it is time to take her outside again. Crate training method from article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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Casey
Lhasa Apso
15 Months
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Casey
Lhasa Apso
15 Months

House breaking!
Our dog is newly rehomed from a condo. We live in the country on three acres of Florida natural landscaping and sectional fencing. We probably gave him to much freedom to run free chasing lizards, squirrels, and bunnies. He always keeps a check to see if we are "watching and with him" as he rushes every-which-way under bushes around trees and quickly disappearing behind out-buildings. He is so fun to play with, and watch his antics inside and out! Now, after having Casey for a month, his potty habits are anything but stable. He is excellent in his crate, but once out of it he moves swiftly and so fast he's like a ghost dog. He is always ready to "go outside", but can't (or won't) get what we want from him.

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainer
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Hello Nancy, First, its only been a month so stay consistent with the crate training for potty training. He should either be in the crate or tethered to you with a leash while inside unless he has pottied outside within the past two hours - limiting his freedom only to times when his bladder his empty to stop accidents in the house so that he will be able to learn to potty outside. When you take him potty outside, take him on a leash - this is SUPER important for him. He likely isn't going potty because he is too distracted, then he goes in the house once things are calm again. You need potty trips to become super boring. If he doesn't go potty when you take him outside on a leash, take him back inside and put him back into his crate for an hour, then after the hour - take him back outside to try again on leash. Repeat taking him outside, then crating him if he doesn't go, until he finally goes potty outside. Walk him around slowly on the leash to encourage him to sniff and tell him to "Go Potty" - he will learn with practice what that means and go quicker in the future. When he does go potty outside, praise enthusiastically and give four treats, if you have the time then, you can also let him run around and have fun! Just require him to go potty FIRST so that running around is his motivation for going quickly and not the distraction - of course only let him run around where you know he is safe or on a long leash. Check out the article linked below for more details - he is older so the times won't be this strict for him, more like pottying every 3-4 hours, 1-2 hours of freedom after pottying outside, and crating again for 1 hour then taking him outside again - if he didn't go when you took him. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside You should eventually be able to take him potty off-leash like you have been doing (if it's safe to do so), but he probably needs several months of being taken potty on leash and keeping him focused first. He needs to be completely accident free in the house for at least 3-6 months and in a habit of pottying outside as soon as you say "Go Potty" before you give him more freedom and the add distractions that come with being off-leash. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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