Do little dogs make big problems?
I have raised several little dogs, as small as six pounds. I’ve also walked and trained a German Shepherd and two average sized keeshonds (forty plus each). I think a majority of small dogs behave differently from their larger cousins. While all my dogs have taught me a great deal, the little dogs have both been easier and harder to manage.
Little dogs love to get their way, all the way.
5 things I learned from little dogs
- Training required.
- Give little dogs a job (or else, they will drive you crazy).
- Teach them when to bark and when to be quiet.
- Little dogs act like puppies, so protect them from their own imagined largeness.
- Not all little dogs love to sit in laps.
Training enjoyed by both dog and dog parent with toys and treats.
Training a little dog to wait for his treats
Oh, mom. It’s so hard to wait.
My mouth is ready. I’m watching for your signal.
To read more about what makes little dogs tick, click on my longer blog post “Wolfish or Puppyish? Little dogs and big dogs speak.”
Do you have a little dog? Did you ever raise or foster a little dog? Please chime in with some tips or wisdom.
Thanks for reading and sharing, Deborah Taylor-French