25 Questions for Small Dog Owners, Find the Answers Here


Probably like me when you are looking for an answer to a specific question on the internet you get bewildered by the sea of responses. Well, I am going to help you find some specific answers to your specific small dog questions. And all in one place. All these answers are on mylhasaapso.com. a site dedicated to the Lhasa Apso breed.

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Below is a list of questions that you may have asked at some time prior to or after your small dog comes home to live with you. A brief overview of each question is followed by a link that will direct you towards the answers on mylhasaapso.com

  1. Can I wash my dog at home?
  2. What is the best food for my dog?
  3. Are small dogs good with children?
  4. Can I take my dog on a winter vacation?
  5. Why does my dog bark so much?
  6. How do I care for my dog when it is old?
  7. Is my dog overweight?
  8. Are there remedies for travel sickness?
  9. Will my dog be sad when I leave them alone?
  10. What is the best way to transport my dog on a voyage?
  11. What are the pros and cons of a small breed?
  12. What is best a male or female?
  13. Is my dog hyperallergic?
  14. What are the health problems of small dogs? part1
  15. What are the health problems of small dogs? part2
  16. Do small dogs have a bad temperament?
  17. How should I groom my small dog?
  18. What are the signs of old age?
  19. Is it possible to breed my dog?
  20. Should I vaccinate my small dog?
  21. How can I treat against ticks and fleas?
  22. How can I handle my dog’s death?
  23. Which question to ask before I adopt a dog?
  24. Has my dog got a cherry eye?
  25. Will my puppy destroy my home?

Can I Wash my Dog at Home?

If you have space and facilities then personally I see no reason against washing your dog at home. I have a Lhasa Apso called Lucky, now seventeen years old, who has never been to the groomers for a bath during that time. I have always bathed him in the shower, deep sink or bathtub.

At first, he would enjoy this time, but today he is horrified when I take him into the shower because he is blind and deaf. Imagine yourself what it must be like for one minute.

Always leave the head until last, once the body has been washed and rinsed you can move on towards the head. They will shake their heads and body so much, have lots of towels at hand.

Here is THE LINK to the full article on how to wash your dog at home.


What is the Best Food for my Dog?

I see so many owners asking this very question on blogs and forums. I scoured the Internet to find some answers. But before you read my findings below let me tell you about my Lhasa Apso “Lucky” and his eating habits.

I have been the proud “dad” of “Lucky” for so long, over 17 years now. When he arrived by accident he was only 18 months old. Not knowing his dietary history, the first few days with us I gave him the same food as we were eating. Once he had decided to stay with us, I placed him on a dry food meal that you can purchase in the pet store.

His food bowl has been left out all these years, so he can eat when he likes, (Lhasa Apso’s are fussy eaters) Now in his old age, having lost most of his teeth, we also give him some senior wet food, this helps as he cannot chew hard dry food very well.

To read more on this subject, I invite you to click on THIS LINK. The post is titled “What is the best food for my Lhasa Apso” I do hope the contents help you decide which is the best food for your dog.


Are Small Dogs Good with Children?

The old saying, “a dog is a man’s best friend” is very true. They are loyal, never answer back, are always there to greet you when you get home, the list is endless. But are small dogs good with children?

In my particular case, I will say yes they are,Lucky” has always enjoyed playing with my two children. He became the best friend of my daughter Chloé. The antics they got up to together are so special to us all.

Do bear in mind it is very important to never leave a child alone with your dog no matter how much you trust them. We see only too many accidents where a family pet snaps sometimes. They cant say stop if they are being hurt by ruff play, they say NO by biting. The full story of Lucky and Chloé can be found on THIS LINK



Can I Take My Dog on a Winter Vacation?

When I talk about winter vacations, snow, ice, and skiing always come to mind. The post below covers these colder vacations. We go to the French Alpes almost every year and take “Lucky” with us. Over the years he has become familiar and enjoys his time in the snow.

One or two things you may or maybe not aware of are outlined in the post. Our pets are part of the family and deserve to come on vacation, read the post on the LINK HERE and prepare for your vacation together.


Why Does my Dog Bark so Much?

When your dog barks they are trying to tell you something. They may want your attention, could be warning you of an intruder, it could be a signal to leave them alone. For whatever reason we need to learn what our dogs barking means to us.

Lucky will bark every time our gate bell rings to let us know someone is at the gates, if we are not in the house he will find us in the grounds and bark until we go and check it out. The post I have compiled concerning this will assist you in understanding why they bark so much and why. If your dog barks a lot I invite you to read THIS POST


How do I Care for my Dog When it becomes Old?

Lucky is now over 17 years and showing his age. His cataracts have made him blind, he is totally deaf and most of his teeth have fallen. Well, you might say he is a wreck, but far from it, his general health is fine and he hardly ever needs to visit the veterinarian apart from his annual jabs.

As your dog reaches the senior years in life things to look out for are detailed in THIS POST. Prepare for your dog’s later years by reading the post which is there to assist.


I have to carry Lucky a lot now as he finds it difficult to walk long distances. I found this UNDERBELLY SUPPORT and thought it would be a good investment to ease his problem. Why not take a look at it yourself and decide if your aging dog needs help.

Is my Dog Overweight?

We all make New Year promises and one of the most popular is to lose weight, I too am guilty. What about your dog? is she or he overweight? How do you know if they are overweight or not?

There are certain signs that will alert you to a dog that is becoming overweight. Excess pounds your dog has to carry is very detrimental to their health and well being. Arm yourself with the contents from THIS POST so you can take action before it becomes too late.

Are There Remedies for Travel Sickness?

Travel sickness with children or even adults can be a problem that we can deal with as humans can talk to us and tell us their feelings.  small dogs may or may not enjoy riding in the car, lucky first was motion sickness and although not physically vomiting he was not his normal self not want to drink or eat during the voyage.  but as time went by himself overcame his travel sickness in those early days we did resort to giving him a small motion sickness tablet to help on the long journey patience and short trips the motion sickness disappeared.  when I get the car keys he is the first in the car just loving every minute. to learn more about how you can treat travel sickness with your Las Apso or small dog then I suggest that you read the full story ON THIS POST

Will my Dog be Sad when I Leave it Alone?

Have you ever been left alone?  How did you handle the situation?  When we leave our pet dogs alone for any length of time we may often think to ourselves “what they thinking”?  This question I was asking drove me to research on the internet, to try and find some positive answers and actions that we could take. Helping to eliminate any suffering your pet might endure.  answers I spent many hours researching and the advice detailed can be found on the RELEVANT POST HERE

What is the Best Way to Transport my Dog on a Voyage?

Preparing for our summer vacation is exciting,  sometimes we forget the security for our pets on the voyage. There are many accessories on the market which help the transportation of our pets.  ranging from simple body harness, car crates and car beds, plane travel cages. to help you in your choice I suggest you browse THIS POST

What are the Pros and Cons of a small breed?

I remember well when I was deciding to choose a pet dog. My choice was for a German Shepherd. A big manly dog, this was to be drastically changed when Lucky my Lhasa Apso who was abandoned found his way into the grounds where I live. In the post on https://mylhasaapso.com/

Those pros and cons are outlined on this small breed of dog the Lhasa Apso for you, find that specific post HERE


What is best a Male or Female?

Here is the 20 million-dollar question, what is the best dog? is it a male dog or a female dog. We all have our own ideas. Personally I think a female is more loyal than the male. Maybe I am wrong, maybe I am right. To help you make your choice for a new puppy I created a post, where it’s possible to read up on this million-dollar question. Please, go take a look on this page to find some help

Is my dog Hyperallergic?

If anyone in your family suffers from allergic problems then it’s reassuring to know that the Lhasa is a non-shedding dog. This is detailed in the post below to help you understand the difference between shedding and non-shedding dogs. Why some people suffer in the presence of some dogs and not others. If you are unsure about hyperallergic dogs you can find the answers on THIS LINK

What are the health problems of small dogs? Part1 and Part2

Some small dogs including the Lhasa Apso can suffer from many health problems, this is a long post so I have broken into Part 1 and Part 2 the two links you can find here

Part 1 

Part 2 

Do small dogs have a bad temperament?

Dogs are the same when it comes to their temperament and character as us. We, humans, have mood swings ranging from happy to downright miserable, and dogs are no exception. In this post called, Lhasa Apso temperament,  I outline the better qualities and characters in this particular small dog breed.

How Should I Groom my Small Dog?

Grooming your small dog is very important, not only for their looks, as you groom you can check if there are any skin injuries, any ticks or fleas. It is also a moment when you and your dog are in physical contact together which they adore. 

20 tips on how to groom a small dog can be found on this grooming post 

What are the Signs of Old Age?

As we age we can see definite signs occurring, whether it be our mind or physical. Knowing these signs will be helpful to assist you when caring for your older dog.  After doing lots of research I have compiled a post about old age signs in dogs, you can check that post about old age symptoms here to assist you.

Is it Possible to Breed my Dog?

A question you may ask. Can I breed my dog? There are reasons for and against breeding your pet dog. I covered the subject in great detail in a specific post on my Lhasa Apso.com. if you are in doubt and want to find the answer to this question then I invite you to go and read what I have shared on the post. Here is the link about Breeding your Dog.

Should I Vaccinate my Small Dog?

Our little furry friends do enjoy playing in gardens and dirty areas, running the risk of picking up bacteria, ticks and fleas, amongst other problems. Some small dogs do have a bad habit of eating other dogs excrement. I have caught my own Lhasa Apso doing this. To find out the pros and cons of vaccinations follow this link Why You Should Vaccinate your small dog.

Vaccination Time

How can I Treat Against Ticks and Fleas?

I live in the south of France and the problem with ticks and fleas starts in the springtime. If you live in a country where ticks and fleas are a problem then you must take appropriate action. Diseases that ticks can pass onto your dog can be life-threatening.  I suggest you read all about this subject on the following Ticks and Fleas post.

How can I handle my Dog’s death?

Lucky, my Lhasa Apso is approaching 18 years old, the day is soon coming when he will pass over the Rainbow Bridge. I have been preparing myself for this event, I have shared my thoughts on preparing before their death, please read this if your dog is getting old. There are tips and advice that will help you. Here is the Link to That Post.

Which Question To ask Before I Adopt a Dog?

After spending time on reflection you have decided to adopt a small dog. Before doing so there will be many questions to ask yourself before choosing a shelter to adopt from.  these questions are answered in the following post that I would strongly recommend reading before you adopt your new family member. Take a look at the Questions and Answers right here. 

Has my Dog got a Cherry Eye?

One of the many problems a small dog has is called cherry eye. Do you want to find out if your dog has a cherry eye? the symptoms, the problems that are caused by the cherry eye. You do, well all is revealed about this problem here, Cherry Eye 

Will my Puppy Destroy my Home?

After the joys of choosing your puppy from a litter, becomes the ordeal of trying to save your home from destruction. There are many ways to train your puppy not to destroy everything they see in those few early months. My latest post is How to Puppy Proof Your Home, with lots of tips and advice do go along and read the post, you can have some peace of mind applying these techniques.

I am the owner of a small breed dog, a Lhasa Apso, my dog is male and is named Lucky, we have been together for almost 18 years. Over the years I have learned so much about his character. The moments where he has made me almost cry with laughter, the moments when he has made me cross with his behavior. Now as he is nearing the end of his life, I feel so sad for him, being deaf, hardly any teeth, and blind he sleeps nearly all the time. I have created my website I am the owner of a small breed dog, a Lhasa Apso, my dog is male and is named Lucky, we have been together for almost 18 years. Over the years I have learned so much about his character. The moments where he has made me almost cry with laughter, the moments when he has made me cross with his behavior. Now as he is nearing the end of his life, I feel so sad for him, being deaf, hardly any teeth, and blind he sleeps nearly all the time. I have created my website https://mylhasaapso.com/ To share my experience with you. Please enjoy your time sifting through the many posts

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