The Tibetan Spaniel, sometimes affectionately referred to as a "Tibbie," is a very sensitive dog breed. Their wonderfully expressive eyes seem to convey the many moods of this exquisitely sensitive dog. The dog also seems to respond to the moods of its owners and can appear to try to give solace to an owner that is sad or depressed. Similarly, it has a very playful temperament and can sometimes exhibit a smile that looks more like a grin. There are specific situations though that will trigger obstinate behavior and pouty moods in your dog. Learn some of the moods your dog is trying to convey and you will have a better insight into how to handle the dog in a way that leaves it eager to please and content.
Your dog may be doing great and adjusting to your home beautifully. It will even have gotten house trained after some rounds in a crate. As long as there is someone in the home to keep it company, the dog will settle into a happy routine and be little bother. The minute it gets left alone for long periods of time the dog will exhibit maladjusted behavior. It will become sulky when you return and the neighbors will probably start complaining that it barked consistently while you were gone. This may be hard to believe since it appears to be a very quiet dog while you are around, the neighbors are telling the truth. This dog suffers from separation anxiety and has to have someone around at all times, even if that someone is another dog.
The dog doesn't like small children and even though it is affectionate with older children, it may resort to biting or running away when faced with a small child. The dog just doesn't want to be harassed and the overbearing attention of a youngster is a bit much for it. It can develop further shyness or irritable behavior if the child is a permanent part of your home. The dog just doesn't do well with small children.
The dog does need to be exercised and prefers to do that outdoors. If you can't exercise it, at least let it out in a fenced backyard. It will take a few rounds and then quickly come back in to be back with the people it loves.
If you are trying to train this dog, you need patience and a big heart. Scolding it and punishing it won't work. It will become even more obstinate and is likely to throw you dirty looks as it stands staunchly on its forepaws giving you an accusing stare. This dog really thinks it knows better than anyone and won't be strong-armed into obeying anyone. It is just likely to get more willful and stubborn when faced with a controlling owner.