when i researched this dog, i found them to be good family dogs, and good with children. my 5 month old nipped at a child, and i have also read a bunch of stories that other people have lhasas who bite often. whats the deal? are they all biters??
I havefound that Lhasas have attitude problems. I ahve come across many people saying that their lhasa has or has tried to bite young children. I am by no means an expert, I am just going by what I have been told and the dogs I groom.
Its not unusual for any dog to nip at children. They are at eye level, frequently make eye contact (a threatening gesture) and appear as rivals in the pecking order. Im always careful with dogs and small children.
I just read in an amazing book I just got by William E. Campbell, called Behavior Problems in Dogs, that blowing in the ear can elicit a bite reflex in some dogs. Imagine how easy a hug around the neck accompanied by laughing or heavy breathing from child can accidently bring that on.
I've never had a lhasa apso. However I do admit I've also heard of people who've had problems with their dogs around children. I've also heard that lhasa tend to bond with just one other person (not typically a child) and they can be very cold with anyone else in the famly, children or adult
well, the girl was trying to pick him up, and didnt feel comfortable doing so. she got the back end up, then was trying it again. i just think he is super stubborn. he growls at my friends who come over, evne for like a few minutes afte i tell him they are "okay" and they are "friends". I paid a bunch of money for him. he is really our first dog together (my 7yr old and I). My instinct is to return his butt to the breeder. thanks for all your comments. Manuela
thanks for all the responses, again. i think so too. it was MY FAULT, for thinking my girl's friend/the neighbor girl, is bonding with the dog, and that he would treat her like my daughter. cuz other than that incident, he hasnt nipped (i dont think) at anyone. but, because i am new, i was ignorant about letting kids play with and hold him yet until i know him better. i begin a puppy training class today. thanks again!!!
I have a small dog that doesn't like to be held, either. I never let kids pick him up- EVER. I have trained him to be fine when I and adults he knows and trusts pick him up. I think lots of times people who have small dogs tend to manhandle them, and if you're going to do that you need to condition him to accept that behavior. He's not growling and nipping to be "mean" , he's did it prob. because he felt very uncomfortable being lifted off the ground. Esp. by a child he doesn't know well, and esp. a child who you wrote was having trouble lifting him! I can understand why he'd be scared.
It's great you are starting puppy class. Other posters have already mentioned it, but it is SO SO SO important to socialize your dog. At 5 months, some critical time has already passed so you will prob. need to work extra hard. Your trainer will give you specifics in how to get your puppy used to new things, people, places. Just make sure you don't push/force him into things that he is obviously uncomfortable about, because that will make the problem worse. And always praise him for good behavior, so he knows when he has done something you like!
Ah yes. I remember. My friends Mom has a lassa apso (sorry for my incorrect spelling) and she isn't very friendly. I think that maybe you have mixed the information because from what I've seen, maybe they are known biters
I have been a groomer for several years and also show dogs in the ckc, all I can say is that if you buy a good quality apso from an established breeder you should be okay. These people sell their dogs for the price they are because they work for years perfecting the breed such as eliminating agressive lasas from their breeding programs. In the average day in the grooming shop I would say that 3 out of 5 lasas are ready to rip your face off if given the chance. It's blunt but the truth. You need to get on that puppy right now and show him that you are the boss. If he tries dominating you flip him over on his back, stand over him and tell him no, in a sharp tone, let them up when they turn their heads as to not make eye contact - they have submitted to you... Also expose this dog to as many things as possible as a puppy, let everyone touch them, and get them in for a grooming very young!!
Please dont give up on your puppy. Enroll in obediance classes theyre very affordable, read some books and spend some more time with this. You undoubtedly put quite a bit of money in him with the original purchase vet toys ect. So a few dollars for classes will not make much difference. He is still a baby and even old dogs can learn new tricks, Just be firm. If you must give him up please take him to a rescue or to someone you are confident will give him a good home.