2 October 2023
Small dogs learn the same way as larger dogs, but there are some adjustments to training techniques when dealing with these pint-sized pups.
Let’s consider a “small dog” as one weighing 25 pounds or less. This category encompasses a wide range of breeds, from the wee 2-pound teacup Yorkies to sturdy 20- to 25-pound Scottish Terriers, each with unique personality traits. It also includes dogs like the independent Jack Russell Terrier, the amiable Pug, the aloof Basenji, the energetic Toy Poodle, and the laid-back French Bulldog, among others. This definition doesn’t even account for the countless mixed-breed small dogs, each with its distinct personality.
There are several advantages to having a small dog:
However, there are also disadvantages:
Training small dogs is not fundamentally different from training larger breeds, but it requires a few adaptations:
Training a small dog can be as rewarding as training a larger one. You can ensure your little companion is well-behaved and happy by making a few adjustments and being sensitive to their needs.