SESSION 64: Small Breed Dog? Avoid These Three Mistakes!
In episode 64, Sean outlines and describes the top three mistakes he sees small breed dog owners making. Sean gives you a remedy for each mistake and a bit of a game plan and homework for you and your small breed dog, if you feel like you’re making these mistakes.
Also, Sean reminds us that these mistakes don’t only apply to a small breed dog and may apply to you too if you have a medium or large sized dog.
If you’d like to know more about PUP Dog Rescue and more about how to find a good rescue organization, as well as get some tips about picking a good rescue dog for you, here’s my interview with Laura Tonkin (She’s the Director of PUP Dog Rescue)
2. Bubble wrapping your smaller dog (or not thinking of them as an adult dog)
Start treating your small breed dog like a bigger dog
Stop carrying your dog so many places (let them do more for themselves)
3. Trying to soothe or “talk down” reactive behavior.
Interrupt or correct inappropriate reactive behavior
Work through protracted “approach and retreat” work to coach your dog through more appropriate settling behavior in closer proximity to triggering distractions.
SUB – Problems
People sometimes hesitate to use actual training equipment – so, try using actual training collars or equipment when training your smaller breed dogs.
Some smaller breed dogs are great actors – they play the victim well because they know they’re owner will stop what they’re doing and pick the dog up. – So, just work through your training methodically, and little by little, let your smaller breed dog work through some training with you.
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I’ve been training people and dogs in Seattle for the last decade and a half. My main focus when working with clients every week in one-on-one, private lessons is to help people learn to get their dogs to a functional level so that they can actually enjoy spending time every day with their dog instead of stressing about their dog’s behavior issues.