Vickie in Rally to Rescue


Caption: Vickie Kuhlmann, West Central rescue coordinator for the American Lhasa Apso Club, gets a snuggly kiss from “Tessa” while “Katu” looks away. Tessa has been adopted, but information about adopting 8-month-old Katu can be found at

Taken from the Rally to Rescue magazine…Finding the Perfect Purebred Rescue…

Vickie Kuhlmann of Loveland, Colo., is the West Central rescue coordinator for the American Lhasa Apso Club. She is adamant about proper research and education before adoption.

“Apsos need to be groomed frequently., she says. “You either learn to properly groom them yourself or you are looking at a commitment of $25 to $40 every six weeks for the life of the dog.

“the biggest issue that we have with Apsos arriving in rescue is child issues. Fully 85 percent of our rescues have bitten, nipped, snapped or growled at a child. An ancient breed shaped by the environment and the need to survive, they are apt to issue a ‘correction’ for what they deem as improper behavior by another pack member, or child.

“Make no mistake, if an owner doesn’t assume the role of alpha, the Apso will. We never place our dogs in a house with a toddler. The high-pitched squealing and the herky-jerky movements of a young child tend to set an Apso off. We also do not recommend them for a first-time owner.”

3 Comments on “Vickie in Rally to Rescue”

  1. Mary says:

    I thank you for the apso facts. A breed dear to me but I have met the challenges above. So many friends with kids have just not understood the breed and what it’s about. It’s a breed that really needs dedicated training, understanding, and continual reminders of there is a reason for all behavior. I still take my 11 yr. old, Taz, to continual obedience, fun events to make our bond stronger. My Roman has a different, softer temperment but I still work him in the same manner, the goal to have fun and build a great relationship. I stress the positve method of training, either clicker or treat based vs. the traditional methods. This breed has so much pride, just wants to show it off. You dampen the pride, you break the spirit and the bonding of human and dog relationship. I’ve seen many with the broken spirit, saddens me. It’s rescues like yours that hopefully turn that around.


  3. Vickie says:

    The “best” way to control biting is to leave a puppy with its dam and littermates until the age of 12 weeks old. During weeks 8-12, puppies learn bite inhibition from the dam and siblings. This is one of the reasons why an ethical/responsible breeder will refuse to place a pup younger than 12 weeks old. I would suggest you find a good training center and get him/her enrolled in puppy kindergarten classes. You might try Blue Springs ‘n Katydid located in Englewood. They have puppy classes starting the end of the month … In the meantime, when the pup bites, squeal loudly and then immediately walk away. Puppy will learn that if he/she doesn’t play nice, they don’t get to play at all.

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