Owning a Tibetan Terrier (or as some might say, being owned by a Tibetan Terrier) can be a wonderful experience. However, when you bring a TT puppy into your life, you are also making a big commitment. TTs can live 15 or more years, so you are wise to consider your choice carefully.
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|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 Tibetan Terriers, you will not want to live without a shaggy, amusing TT companion.
DO YOU HAVE TIME TO PROPERLY TRAIN A TIBETAN TERRIER?
The Tibetan Terrier is an intelligent breed, however, intelligence is not always directly correlated to obedience. They may learn how NOT to do something that they find undesirable as easily as they can learn how TO do something that is appealing. Unfortunately, what we humans see as “undesirable” and “appealing” are sometimes completely different than the dog's interpretation. For example, jumping on the kitchen table and eating the Thanksgiving turkey may be VERY appealing to a TT, whereas such an act is probably quite undesirable to you!
TTs respond to positive reward-based training. "Traditional" methods of obedience training using force, alpha rolls, etc. are not effective as training methods, and in some cases, can make situations worse. On the other hand, 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. Keep things positive (training with treats and play), and you will find very willing workers.
However, TTs do have minds 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!