Puppy kindergarten and/or basic obedience training, always using positive training techniques, is recommended for all youngsters. Lhasas require firmness, fairness, and consistency in training. Positive rewards work far better than harsh discipline. In fact, the breed should never be disciplined harshly, as a Lhasa may show resentment if it deems the punishment unfair. Instead, the rather independent and willful nature of Lhasa Apsos requires patient understanding combined with gentle correction. Most Lhasas will do just about anything for food treats. But, because they are smart, they are easily bored with rote obedience work. Training sessions should be kept short and exercises varied to maintain the Lhasa’s attention. Above all, have fun and keep your sense of humor.

Like all dogs, Lhasas have the capability of learning hundreds of words. Understanding this, refrain from over using the word “No.” Take the time to teach your Lhasa the right words for the behavior you want to reinforce, as well as for the activities you want to discourage. It is important to establish good communication with your dog early on.