Bringing a new “family member” into the household is a very important decision. Making the “right match” is integral to the successful integration of a furkid into your home. Remember: they will be living with you for 15+ years (depending on the age at adoption), and your commitment to their needs, whatever they may be, is vital.
The good news is some rescue dogs are already trained, housebroken and “ready to go,” BUT you can never depend on this to be absolute. Regardless, your new pup will need help in transitioning from its previous environment to yours. Remember, you are adopting a dog who has, for whatever reason, become homeless and needs a second chance at a wonderful life – and Dog Bless You for offering him/her that chance!!
Some dogs may come with “baggage,” and for the most part, we don’t know their history. You need to be prepared to do “whatever it takes” to help acclimate your new “child.” Your new pup will require housetraining, behavioral and/or obedience training, along with regular exercise, good nutrition, grooming, annual vet checks, dentals, praise, love and attention. In return, you will not only get a “best friend,” but companionship, loyalty, devotion and more unconditional love than you have ever experienced!! Dog guardianship is a privilege, not a right! This is how we look at it….
Unconditionally your friend, your child, your comforter, ....your defender, always your puppy.... You are their life, their love, their safe haven, their leader. They will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of their heart. You owe it to them to be worthy of such devotion
It is important for you to ask yourself these questions BEFORE you get a dog….
Is the timing right to bring a new family member into our home?
Does our dog(s) really want a companion or is it our desire to get another dog?
Are we home enough to give a dog (or two) the love and attention he/she deserves and needs?
Do we have the commitment to work with and train the dog(s) to be the best companion he/she can be?
Are we financially sound to take on the added expense (grooming, medical, etc) including possible unexpected vet bills that may arise?
Do we know the breed we want and do we know if it will be a good fit in our home and with our lifestyle?
Is our home appropriate for the type of dog(s) we want?
Have we done our homework?
Once you have answered these questions, and you feel positive about your decision, the next step is to be sure about the type of dog that will fit best in your home, with your lifestyle, and your wants and needs. Since you are on our website, it’s a good chance that you are looking at a small dog under 20 lbs, with hair (hypo-allergenic, for the most part), non shedding….Lhasa Apso, Shih Tzu, Maltese or a mix of small breeds – what we lovingly call UFO (Unidentified Fido Origin) !!
So You Want to Adopt a Lhasa Apso?
Lhasa Apso are truly wonderful dogs. They are beautiful, charismatic, playful, and loyal. They can be extremely loving and affectionate, and are happy to warn you of strangers in your midst. They are very social dogs, often happy to have canine companionship; some like to be the “only child.” They will let you know!! They are small (usually under 20 lbs), and popular because they are non-shedding dogs, who are very intelligent and spirited.
But, the Lhasa Apso is not for everyone! They have very unique personalities, sometimes very dominant in nature. They can be very demanding in their need for attention; they can be very stubborn and will tell you when they are not happy!! They are NOT traditionally good with small children; but, of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. They are not dogs that you can leave outside in a backyard and forget about – they won’t let you!! Their favorite spot, for the most part, is either following you wherever you go or parked at your feet!! Most love to be right at their human’s side!
All Lhasa, good natured or not, NEED TRAINING!! This, by the way, is not just reserved for “Lhasa” – but ALL dogs, in our opinion. Training will help to make them the best dogs they can be….and helps the respect/bonding process with their new guardian(s). At minimum, dogs should go thru obedience training so that they learn who the boss is. If you get a young Lhasa, best to do this before two to three years old, which is when a dog “matures.” HOWEVER, the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is not true!! It can be more difficult to train an older dog, but it’s NEVER too late to learn!! If you are not willing to take your dog thru training, please don’t adopt a Lhasa!
Another misconception about Lhasa is that they don’t require much exercise, that they are happy lounging around the house all day, and that they are good apartment dogs for this reason. All of that is true, with the exception of them not requiring exercise. While they don’t need to go on 5 mile hikes or run a daily agility course, Lhasa need moderate exercise, which should include a minimum of two 30 minute walks daily. Going out to “do their business” in the backyard is not enough!! In fact, that isn’t enough exercise for any dog!! Lhasa need to be taken out of their home environment and experience the world around them. Dogs, in general, don’t have the logic human’s have, so when they are left in a yard to their own devices, stimulated by passersby or other dogs, street traffic, horns blowing, fire engines – the only thing they know to do is become territorial, bark and guard their home. If you are looking to protect your property, invest in an alarm system…don’t ask your dog to do that job!!!!
Don’t leave your Lhasa alone in the backyard all day!!! (or any dog, for that matter)
Taking your dog on walks gives them the opportunity to socialize with people, other dogs and a chance to process the world with you!! Walking your dog also helps the “bonding process” with guardian and dog. This is good stimulation for your buddy and you…great exercise for everyone!!
We truly believe the Lhasa is a fantastic dog who will bring you years of happiness and loyalty. They were bred to protect and guard the Buddhist Monasteries, and to this day, can be very protective of their home and guardians. They are as loving as they are beautiful and can be the most loyal and devoted animals – in the right home!! Please read the profiles on each of the dogs listed on Lhasa Happy Homes website and on Petfinder,
Remember, if the Lhasa isn’t the right dog for your home….we have many others that might suit your family. Shih Tzu, Maltese, Bichon, Pomeranians, UFO’s….it is ALWAYS about the dog and not a stereotype of the breed.
This information is provided only as a guideline to help you make the right match for your family.
Taking your dog on walks gives them the opportunity to socialize with people, other dogs and a chance to process the world with you!! Walking your dog also helps the “bonding process” with guardian and dog. This is good stimulation for your buddy and you – great exercise for everyone!!
We truly believe the Lhasa is a fantastic dog who will bring you years of happiness and loyalty. They were bred to protect and guard the Buddhist Monasteries, and to this day, can be very protective of their home and guardians. They are as loving as they are beautiful and can be the most loyal and devoted animals – in the right home!! Please read the profiles on each of the dogs listed on Lhasa Happy Homes website and on Petfinder, and see if there might be a match for you!
Remember, if the Lhasa isn’t the right dog for your home….we have many others thatmight suit your family. Shih Tzu, Maltese, Bichon, Pomeranians, UFO’s….it is ALWAYS about the dog and not a stereotype of the breed.
This information is provided only as a guideline to help you make the right match for your family.
The Match Game
Make the right match and you’re a winner!!
NOTE: The following are guidelines for Lhasa Happy Homes and are only stated for your consideration.
Whether you adopt a Lhasa, Shih Tzu, Maltese or other UFO (Unidentified Fido Origin), making the right match to your home and lifestyle is of the utmost importance. These small dogs are usually fine in an apartment, but they NEED to be walked a minimum of twice daily and a trip or two to the dog park weekly isn’t a bad idea! A yard isn’t always imperative, but exercise is a vital part of your dog’s overall health.
IF YOU ARE GONE 8 HRS A DAY
Consider a mature dog (4+ yrs) that might be a little more settled in his/her behavior and won’t be bored or destructive when you are gone at work. The last thing you want to come home to after a hard day’s work is shredded toilet paper or your new Gucci shoes in four different corners of your living room! Perhaps you’ll get really lucky and he/she might even be housetrained!! Some dogs just do not like being left alone and will bark endlessly, so you need to be careful about your choice if you are absent from the home all day.
PLEASE don’t get a puppy and leave it home alone all day! You are simply asking for problems down the line!!
Another possibility might be two dogs who can keep each other company.
If you get a single dog, perhaps get a dog walker and/or take him/her to doggie day care a few times a week for socialization and fun.
However, if your option is to have only one dog, there are definitely those who want to be the only child and are happy being alone – you just have to find the right one! It does not mean you can’t have a dog!!
YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE HOME (under 5 yrs old)
Lhasa Happy Homes has a policy that precludes us from adopting to families with children under 8 yrs old. Sometimes, with a breed other than Lhasa (or where we have full disclosure on a dog), we are able adopt to a child 5 yrs old (with our Board’s approval). This is not because we don’t like children!! The issue here is we do not generally have the history of the dogs and we would not want to be responsible for a child having a disturbing experience (being scared or bitten) by one of our rescue dogs. Also, children have friends and little dogs don’t always like little people!!
This also includes those of you who may be planning a family or expecting a child. PLEASE DON’T GET A LHASA; in fact, please think long and hard before you decide to get a dog at this time. Dogs take a lot of time and attention, especially rescue dogs, and you are going to be very busy you’re your human puppy!! Little dogs and little people, we repeat, are not always a good match, especially these long haired breeds!! We have had so many owners surrender their beloved Lhasa because of new babies, and we sincerely want to save you from this heartache.
CHILDREN IN THE HOME
If you have older children, we will do our best to match a dog with your family based on the energy level and activity in your home. If we have a dog who appears to be good with children, we will search to find a family with children for that dog!! Owner surrendered dogs, where we have the background, are a great example. We are always looking to make the best match with the dog and the ‘furever’ family!
Seniors are encouraged to adopt mature dogs. So often we receive applications from seniors looking to adopt puppies. Puppies are a lot of work!!
They have no manners, they pee and poop everywhere, they get under foot and can potentially cause injury in a mature home. Little dogs live very long lives and at 6-8 yrs old, they still have more than half their lives to live!! At this age, they are calmer, more settled in their personalities, don’t need quite as much exercise and their favorite place will be right on your lap, loving you and enjoying “the good life.” Senior dogs are wonderful…all they need is love, good food, attention and they are happy!!
REMEMBER….LITTLE DOGS LIVE VERY LONG LIVES… SOMETIMES 15+ YEARS!! SENIORS ARE WONDERFUL DOGS WHO NEED HOMES TOO!!