On occasion we receive a telephone call from new owners about Tibetan puppies biting in their “teenager period” from about four to six months. In these cases the Tibetans are nipping when they play or when they are displeased about being corrected. While this is very normal Tibetan behavior, you must correct it like you would similar behavior in a two-year old child. When the Tibetan uses its mouth inappropriately in this manner, you should firmly grab its muzzle and hold it shut for about ten seconds sternly and say “no bite, no bite.” Each time they display the inappropriate behavior you must correct them. If you believe in allowing dogs to kiss you (like I do), after correcting the puppy by holding its muzzle I put the puppy up to my face and say “kisses, kisses.” I then allow the puppy to lick my face. I am showing the puppy that this is the correct use of his mouth, not biting.


            We are big believers in the benefits of using a cage or a crate to “potty” train your puppy. The use of a crate helps them to learn bladder and bowel control. This type of training progresses more quickly because the area used in training is smaller. Dogs are basically wolves and the cage is like their den. They do not want to foul their den if they can avoid it.

            The puppy should be placed in the crate when you cannot watch it to see when it needs to be taken outside. This would include times when you go to work, at night for sleeping, or when you have other agendas where you cannot pay attention to the puppy. When you are ready to interact with the puppy again, you should immediately place the puppy outside in the area you want to train the puppy to go. You should carry the puppy outside. In many cases, the puppy will not be able to go that far without having to go.        

        The crate should not be too big, because the puppy can go to the bathroom at one end and pretend that it isn’t there. We also recommend that you put a towel or bath mat in the crate to absorb any “mistakes” that the puppy may make and to keep the puppy clean.

        We also train our dogs to a specific word that they associate with going out to use the bathroom. Every time you take the puppy out to go you should use this word. Some people use sleigh bells hung from the back door to accomplish the same goal. They ring the bell each time they take the dog out and soon the dog learns to ring the bell himself to indicate that he needs to go outside.

        It is also important to remember that dogs are “creatures of habit.” If you take the puppy outside to go to the bathroom every weekday morning at 7:00 A.M. - but fail to follow this schedule on weekends - this is most likely when you will have problems. Puppies will also become accustomed to going to the bathroom on a specific surface area. Puppies trained to go on the grass will look for grass, while puppies trained to go on mulch will look for mulch. Consistency is extremely important in house training the puppy.


* Housebreaking your Tibetan Terrier
* Training your Tibetan Terrier & making it obedient
* Teaching the basic commands to your Tibetan Terrier

If done properly, housebreaking your Tibetan Terrier does not have to be as much of a hassle as some owners make it to be.

Your Tibetan Terrier is a creature of habit.  If it is taught where you want it to eliminate, and you control its food and water intake to regulate when it will eliminate, you will have a happy relationship
relatively free of accidents.

The biggest mistake made by Tibetan Terrier owners is inconsistency. It is important that you first choose the method of housebreaking appropriate for you and your pet and secondly stick with it. We know of many Tibetan Terrier owners who are impatient or inconsistent when housebreaking their pets.  The end result is a pet that is never fully housebroken. 

So, remember the three P’s - persistence, patience and praise, and you are guaranteed success.


Here are 3 methods you can use to housetrain your
Tibetan Terrier: The Paper Method, Crate Training, and Litter Pan Method

The Paper Method (only in limited situations and only for a limited time)

   The paper method seems to work better with a puppy than with an adult Tibetan Terrier, although it can be used on both.

    To begin housetraining your pup with the paper method, first you must choose a location where your puppy will be staying until housetrained.

    Make sure the room is puppy proofed and that elimination on the floor in this area will not cause
permanent damage to your home.

    A bathroom or small kitchen is usually a good place for this.

    Once you have chosen an area, cover the entire floor with newspaper.

    If you have a young puppy, it will eliminate much more often than when it is older. So, just be prepared for many messes in the beginning.

    In the beginning, it is important to replace the paper as soon as possible after the elimination has occurred.

    This helps your puppy establish the area as its own, and it will help you get a better idea of where it
favors doing its business.

    As your puppy eliminates throughout the day, it may go in several different areas of the room.
But, as it gets a little more used to its room, it will choose a certain area where it prefers to eliminate.

    When its preferred area for elimination is established, begin removing the paper from the rest of the room, only covering the area it uses.

    Make sure you leave its papered area large enough so that it does not miss the paper.
If it misses the paper, the area is too small and you need to add more paper.

    When it uses its papered area, praise it.  The more your puppy associates a reward with its choice of the paper instead of the linoleum, the quicker your puppy will be trained.

    After it has established that it will use the papered area instead of the floor, begin moving the paper
towards the area (presumably somewhere outside your house) where you want it to go when fully trained.

    The paper should only be moved a little at a time towards this location. If moving the paper confuses your puppy, you may only be able to move about one inch per day, until the paper reaches its final destination.

    Once your puppy understands that it is to eliminate only on the paper, and you have been able to move towards the area where it will eventually go outside, monitoring its habits will be much easier.

    Once the paper is completely removed, it will go to that area automatically and sniff or turn circles,
letting you know it has to go out.

Crate Training

    Crate training can be used on both a puppy and an adult Tibetan Terrier and is probably the most effective and efficient way to housetrain your pet.

    No Tibetan Terrier will want to eliminate in a place it considers to be its own and therefore, unless left in its crate for too long, it will not eliminate in its crate.

    Once every hour, place your Tibetan Terrier on a leash and walk it in the area where you want it to go potty.

    If it has not gone in five minutes, return it to its crate for another hour.

    After another hour goes by, the dog that did not go last time will most likely go this time.

    When it does go, be sure and praise it profusely and return it to its crate. The excitement in your voice when you are praising it will help it better understand that THIS is the place you want it to go.

    Once that is established, it will do its best to make you happy by eliminating in its designated area.

    Once you feel it understands where it is to go to potty, you may lessen its crate time, and begin opening up its area to more than just its crate.

    Be sure and open up its area a little at a time so it clearly establishes the larger area as “its area”,
increasing the desire to keep its area clean.

    Eventually, you will be able to open up your entire home, but this is only after a lot of time has been
spent training and proof that it understands. 

Litter Pan Method

    This method will have the best chance of success with a young puppy but an older Tibetan Terrier may be able to litter train with success as well.

    Similar to paper training, litter box training begins in a confined area such as a bathroom or kitchen.

    Although you may be able to use a traditional cat litter box for this purpose, pet supply stores do sell doggy litter boxes. They are shaped a little different and are a bit larger than the traditional kitty box.
    Also available are special litters and papers that should eventually be used in the box.

    Like paper training, the beginning stages have paper lining the entire floor of the room.  You continually change any soiled paper until the puppy chooses a place on the floor it likes to eliminate.

    Once the puppy has eliminated in an area about the size of a litter pan for approximately two weeks, place a litter pan on the floor and paper inside the litter pan.

    When it goes and does its business inside the litter box, make sure to praise it profusely. It has got to
establish this is the correct behavior before it will be comfortable with it.

    Once it is used to the litter box with the paper, you may begin the change to doggy litter if desired.  As time goes on, you may add additional litter until eventually the paper is gone and only litter remains.

    If you choose this method, you must clean the litter box every time your Tibetan Terrier eliminates. It will not go in a dirty box.  Failure to consistently clean the litter box will result in your puppy reverting back to the floor.

Follow any of the 3 methods consistently, and you should soon have a fully house-trained Tibetan Terrier!

The key to success in training your Tibetan Terrier is understanding the psychology of your pet - i.e. how its mind works, and then incorporating that with proven training techniques and a few training aids.

Remember, your Tibetan Terrier is not a human and therefore does not think or react as a human would. Also, your pet does not verbally communicate with humans and you should not think that it does.

It may recognize the word "out" and associate it with going outside, but that is only because it is a common action that occurs consistently before it goes outside.

If you change the verbal word you use to communicate with your Tibetan Terrier along the way, your pet will no longer understand what you want.  It is important that whatever word you choose to give a command, you stick with that same word each and every time, without the least alteration.

Also, before you can even begin training your Tibetan Terrier, your must establish that you are the "Master" and your Tibetan Terrier is the "Follower".

Remember, the Tibetan Terrier has an inherent trait that makes it a social animal, needing a dominance subordination hierarchy. You must establish that you are the leader of its pack before you will be successful with any type of training. This is called "social reinforcement". In nature the mother teaches her puppies and establishes her dominance during play times. If the puppy challenges her or misbehaves the mother picks the puppy up by the scruff of the neck and gives it a shake then holds it down with her paws once the puppy becomes compliant she will lick and love the puppy. Puppies that challenge your dominance by biting, barking aggressively or fighting to get away from you should be similarly trained: give it a shake by the scruff then hold it down until it becomes compliant, then love your puppy.

The following items will help you establish that leadership role in the life of your Tibetan Terrier:

i) Do not compromise with your Tibetan Terrier. For example, if you want it to perform a desired behavior, don't just give up and walk away when it does not perform.
Instead, use some type of reinforcement to show it that its behavior was not correct, such as withholding the treat or toy.

ii) You should always initiate interaction with your Tibetan Terrier and terminate the interaction with your Tibetan Terrier rather than the other way round.

iii) Avoid tending to your pet's every desire. Rewards should only be given for desired behavior, and should never be given just like that.

iv) When you are spending time with your Tibetan Terrier, pet, talk and touch it often. This will help establish the trust needed to truly set you forth as the leader.

Obedience Training Styles

Just like housebreaking, when you are training your Tibetan Terrier, the key thing is consistency. You need to pick a training style that is suitable for you and your Tibetan Terrier and stick with it.

The two most popular types of obedience training are leash and collar training and reward training.

This is a short overview of these techniques.

In the leash and collar type of training, the leash is used in the beginning as the tool to teach the correct behavior, then once the behavior is learned, the leash is only used to correct unwanted behavior.

A mistake often made by the novice owner with this type of training is they forget the leash is used only as a tool.

Often a novice owner will abuse the leash to nag at the Tibetan Terrier. This defeats the purpose of the leash. The leash must be used only to get the Tibetan Terrier to obey. It is used to establish the leadership role between master and pet, but to be successful in training, the Tibetan Terrier must understand the command with or without the leash and you must be able to utilize three years, except in states that are under rabies quarantine. In rabies quarantine states, rabies shots should be given on an annual basis. In non-quarantine states, rabies shots should be updated every three years.
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