Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Preventing small dog syndrome

Preventing small dog syndrome

How you can prevent small dog syndrome?

Author: Kristen Anderson

Star Yorkie Kennel is specializing in breeding Teacup Yorkshire terrier, Maltese & Pomeranian puppies.From our family to yours, all puppies are healthy happy and playful. There is no better place to get your new baby from - Guaranteed!

Star Yorkie Kennel CA has admitted that it is extremely easy to spoil a small dog, even to the point of the dog becoming a major nuisance. They have to be put through the same rigors of obedience training as any big dog would. They have to be taught what behaviors are acceptable and which ones are not. Just like with our children, it is easy to overlook bad behavior, and some parent's even reward it. Here are a few tips that you can implement right away.

1. Never allow anyone including yourself to pick the dog up without first signaling the dog that this is about to happen. When a dog is picked up unawares it will react aggressively and when the person puts the dog down it learns that this behavior can be used to stop the humans.
2. Do not allow the dog to walk allover you, the beds, the furniture or your guest. This will elevate the dog to a status that is in appropriate. Also do not give in to its demands for attention, in other words remind it that it is a dog and that you are in charge, not it.

3. Never let your dog snap at people or other dogs without a form of discipline to follow. Do not stroke the dog reassuringly because they will perceive this as praise and this will only reinforce the behavior. Give a stern and quick No! And then put the animal down.

4. Do not hand feed the animal. That is not to say that you cannot give them treats but it will not hurt them to eat their main meals from a doggy dish. Please do not put them in a high chair with a bib or let them otherwise eat in places where humans have their meals.

For the last 6 years the Star Yorkie Kennel has been helping families to acquire the perfect puppy addition to their life.Specializing in teacup / toy size breeds is very challenging because of the delicacy of the puppies and the amount of effort required to grow such a small animal and maintain it in perfect health.With over 500 adoptions we feel we are doing a great job and commit to keep on the good work!

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Small Dog Syndrome

Author: Matt Covey

Small Dog Syndrome

The infamous "Small Dog Syndrome" comes up often in my line of work. I hear it from veterinarians, rescue groups, and countless clients. Everyone is pretty much in agreement that small dogs have a "Napoleon" complex. People often ask me if it is possible to prevent a small dog from yapping, jumping, peeing in the house, snapping at people etc. My answer is a resounding yes. "Small dog syndrome" doesn't originate in dog genetics, it comes from the owners, not the dog. How is this possible you might ask? I answer this with a series of hypothetical situations.

What would you do if your German Shepherd growled when your neighbor comes over? You would correct him, put him away, call a trainer, or at least become very worried. This is a dominant guarding behavior that needs to be addressed and you would do something. What would you do if your cute little Teacup Yorkie growled at the same neighbor? You would probably ignore him, pick him up, or start to make excuses for him. He's just scared, he thinks he's a big dog, don't worry about him he's all bark no bite. Sound familiar? Ignoring him teaches that the behavior is acceptable, picking him up also shows that you approve and puts him in a more dominant position, and making excuses just convinces you that nothing can be done.

Jumping is a common behavior in dogs and it is one way that they dominate humans. Not every time a dog jumps is dominance but generally the higher a dog is, especially on a humans body, the more dominant they feel. What would you do if your Rottweiler consistently jumps on you? Knee him away? Correct with your hand? Call a trainer? The point is that you would do something. What would you do if your Maltese consistently jumps on you? Pet him each time? Tell everyone "this is how he says hello"? Ignore him? Any of those choices runs the risk that the dog is becoming more dominant with every passing day.

Another question that I pose is "How important would you rate leash training your dog?" Owners of large dogs (German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, Mastiffs, etc.) generally say that leash training is very important to them. Owners of small breeds (Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Miniature Pinchers, etc.) generally don't find proper leash training to be nearly as important for two main reasons. The reasons are typically that it doesn't matter if they pull because they're so small or they don't get walked much because they don't need much exercise. This is a huge issue in pet dogs since most time in new areas tends to be on leash. A proper walk with a dog is a time to establish dominance and control. When a pack of dogs travel, the leader is in front. Teaching a dog to "heel" is the process of teaching him to follow you. If your dog is following you mentally and physically on a walk, he is much less likely to bark or lunge at new people or animals. If your dog is leading you in an excited dominant state, he is much more likely to bark and lunge at new things. After a one hour walk a dog that walked in a submissive state will come home feeling submissive. A dog who spends an hour pulling his owner while feeling dominant and excited will probably return home still feeling dominant. Twenty minutes later when the neighbor dog walks by your front window which of these dogs do you thinking will be barking his head off?

When we allow our dog to live in a very dominant state day after day it is only a matter of time before a new issue crops up. A calm, well socialized, submissive dog will go to the vet and probably be examined without issue. If something scares him or hurts him slightly he will usually ignore it, try to leave the situation, or softly growl to let you know he isn't comfortable with what is happening. A very dominant dog that has been allowed to pull on leash, bark and lunge at people and dogs, and jump on everybody is much more likely to suddenly lash out. He is being bothered and is willing to bite to stop whatever it is he doesn't like.

All of this is meant to show you that small dogs have nothing wrong with them. Small dogs don't know that they're small. They have the same instincts as large dogs. We need to learn as humans that WE are both the cause and the solution to "Small Dog Syndrome." When living with a small dog the best question you can ask yourself on a daily basis is "Would I let my Rottweiler do this?" If the answer is no, then you need to do something.

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Matt Covey is the owner and lead trainer of Suburban K-9. He has helped rehabilitate and train thousands of dogs many of which would have been euthanized. He is frequently called in by veterinarians, humane societies, and even other trainers for help with their more difficult cases. Please check out our website for more articles and training videos. We are located near Chicago in Bartlett, Il.

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