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.
|TIME TO TRAIN
|TIME TO INTERACT
|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.
BEYOND TRAINING, DO YOU HAVE THE NECESSARY TIME TO DEVOTE TO A TIBETAN TERRIER?
Although people do successfully raise TTs while working full time, please consider if your schedule really allows for you to devote the time necessary to interacting with your dog. If you are away from home for long periods, you may need to hire a dog walker to take your puppy out for a walk (or a few walks.) But remember, when you come home at night, even if you are tired or have other commitments, your puppy has been resting all day and will need attention. Puppies often have a lot of energy, and if the puppy has been crated all day, the puppy may very well be extremely energetic just at the time you are feeling the least energetic!
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. TTs are known to 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. Of course, a TT may enjoy spending time outside for periods during the day while you are home, they should not spend all of their time outside with limited interaction.