Is a tibetan Terrier Right For You?
Is Your Personality Suited to a Tibetan Terrier?
TTs tend to have an independent streak. Although some may be perfectly happy sitting with you to be petted when they want to be, other times they may prefer to leave you to pursue other activities. One person we know describes TTs as “having their own agenda.”
Do You Have Time to Properly Train Your Tibetan Terrier?
We have a lot of luck with positive reward-based training of TTs. We find that “traditional” methods of obedience training using force, alpha rolls, etc. are not effective as training methods, and can make situations worse. With positive motivational training, the dogs are taught that if they do what we want, there will likely be good rewards in it for them. When we keep things positive (training with treats and play), we find that we have very willing workers.
However, TTs do have a mind of their own. If you desire a dog that will always do what you say, when you say, because you said it….you might want to reconsider your choice of breed!
Beyond Training, Do You Have The Time To Devote To A Tibetan Terrier?
We firmly believe that leaving a TT puppy outside in the yard all day while you are at work is not a viable alternative. Some TTs are agile climbers, and can climb (or dig) out of an enclosure if left unsupervised. Some TTs can climb trees, scale chain link fences, or squeeze through a tiny hole in a fence. They may also develop bad habits (such as nuisance barking) if left unsupervised in a yard, not to mention the very real possibility of dog theft. A TT may enjoy spending time outside for parts of the day while you are home, but they should not spend all of their time outside with limited interaction.
Can You Give A Tibetan Terrier the Exercise They Need?
In our experience, many TTs cannot be trusted off leash and will run off if allowed to “run free”. If you do not have a fenced-in area, and are hoping to just open the back door and let your dog out to “do its business”, please seriously reconsider your choice of breeds.
Do You Have Children?
Common sense dictates that children need to learn to be watchful of basic things such as not allowing a puppy to escape out a door and not to leave their toys within the reach of a puppy. However, children also need to be taught how to properly interact and be respectful of a dog and its space. TTs can be fairly independent, and although many love children, they also may have limits as to how (and how much) they want to interact with the kids. Children need to be mindful of this.
Although older children may be taught to be considerate of a dog’s needs, infants and toddlers clearly can not. In our opinion, young children and dogs need to be supervised at all times when they are together. If you are not able to provide such constant supervision (which understandably can be difficult), you may want to consider waiting until your child is older before bringing a TT into your home.
Some TT puppies can be quite mouthy, and may jump on children or knock them over. Jumping and playing using their mouths are things that come naturally to a puppy, so the puppy will likely need to be taught to interact differently with people (including children) than it would with dogs. However, manners aren’t taught overnight.
Can You Commit To Regular Grooming?
However, when the puppy hits adolescence and the coat begins to change to its adult texture, you will find your dog matting more and more. Your dog may need to be groomed daily. This coat change may take weeks, months or longer. Adult coat is generally easier to care for than the adolescent coat (but rarely as easy as the puppy coat!)
Often people opt to put their dogs in a “puppy cut” to minimize the amount of time that they will need to spend grooming. Unless the dog is shaved in a very short style, even the shorter hair of a “puppy cut” may still form mats. In addition, unless you are willing to do the “puppy cut” yourself, such a style still requires periodic trips to the groomer.
Do You Have Allergies?
Still Think The Tibetan Terrier Is Right For You?
This breed is not for everyone, but for many devoted TT owners, there is no breed that compares. After having spent years living with the breed, we certainly can’t imagine life without a TT!