Getting Started Week 32 - Little Dogs, Big Egos
The most common mistakes
people make with small breed
1) babying them, 2) not exercising them off the property, and
3) not training them, believing it won't be necessary.
small dogs knows that larger humans are in charge because of the size
difference. So, they spoil the little dogs. Unfortunately,
aggression is very common in small dogs. Heard of killer chihuahuas?
Believe me, there are people who love these dogs and fear them.
Ask any behaviorist how many little dogs they see for aggression and
unruly behaviors. Just because a dog is a small breed does not mean they
aren't wired with a canine brain. Just like larger breeds, small
breeds require early, positive socialization and gentle yet effective
training methods. Most importantly, small dogs need to learn, early on,
how to act like a small dog to keep out of trouble.
Sadly, small breeds dash out front doors demonstrating territorial
aggression only to meet fatal results when larger dogs they are aiming
to chase off their property nail them.
If your small breed is not housetrained, is destructive, aggressive,
excessively barks, guards food and toys, or shows you any other
behaviors you don't understand and that prevent you from being the best friends
consider help from a professional. Call a Veterinary Behavior Technician at 1-800-272-3706 for more information.
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