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.
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In this session:
Do we look at small breed dogs differently than larger dogs?
Is a dog different than a cat?
Is it possible to make your dog too comfortable?
Details In this Session
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DETAILS IN THIS SESSION
The three big mistakes with a small breed dog:
- Too much freedom and not enough training
- Add structure – E-booklet on adding structure https://www.thedogsway.com/the-dogs-way-ebook/
- Train your small breed dog
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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Let me know if you try any of this game plan with your small breed dog and let me know how it goes!
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