The Lhasa Apso in this video is named Lady Lion. Powerful name! She is training her family to give her belly rubs on command. It may seem like her family is training her to ask for belly rubs, but guess who has the last say!
What are Lhasa Apso’s like?
Lhasa Apso is among those with the strongest will. This is understandable, for they were guard dogs for monasteries in Tibet, where they protect the residents from intruders. Even if intruders get past the human guards, they are not going to get past the Lhasa Apso. This is a royal and loyal dog.
According to Michele Welton in Your Pure Bred Puppy, Lhasa Apso’s are rather calm. And they are deliberate. Again this makes sense. Originating as guard dogs for the monasteries, they do have to know what they are doing to keep their residents safe.
Although there are always exceptions, if a family with children were to adopt a Lhasa Apso, it would be a best matched if the children were older. Lhasa Apso’s don’t like non-sense, and they definitely do not respond well to teasing. Having said this, I have seen a Lhasa Apso watch over a baby, and runs to tell the parent when the baby wakes up. And he was happy to indulge two children barely able to run who insist on chasing after the dog. He was very happy to play with them.
When training a Lhasa Apso, be consistent and positive. Remember, this is a dog with a strong mind. Praise him, reward him. If you are thinking about getting a Lhasa Apso, consider looking into a rescue group. Rescue groups differ from animal shelters in that they are dedicated dog lovers who provide temporary foster homes. The foster family evaluates the dog and provides basic training while the rescue groups find forever homes. And you can be that new family. You can read more about this topic here. Enjoy watching Lady Lion training her family for belly rubs.
Article source: Michele Welton in Your Pure Bred Puppy