Big impact tips for the care of small small dogs

A lot of people visit this site and they are looking for information about small dogs, choosing a small dog or caring for one. What follows is this article by Blake Kritzberg which addresses many important things that any owner or prospective owner of a small dog should be aware of.

Basic small dog care is much the same as for larger dogs, but
owners need to make a few adjustments to best meet their small
dog’s needs. Consider the following daily dog care routines,
and how they’re adapted to meet the needs of your pint-sized
pup.

Feeding Your Small Dog

Naturally you’re going to feed your dog daily, but the
standard-size kibble at the grocery store may be too large for
your small dog to eat comfortably. You’ll need to be sure to
buy a kibble designed to fit his smaller mouth (these are easy
to find among the premium dog food brands). Canned soft foods
are also perfectly suitable for your small dog.

Containing Your Small Dog

All dogs need exercise and a safe place to potty outdoors, and
a fenced-in yard provides all the security they need, right?
Not necessarily when it comes to small dogs. A fence that
adequately holds a bigger dog may have gaps large enough for a
small dog to fit between or under, allowing him to escape.
Fences also can’t provide overhead protection from large hawks,
which sadly have been known to carry small dogs and puppies
away. A covered kennel run might better meet your small dog’s
needs.

Training Your Small Dog

Small dogs aren’t any harder to train than large dogs, yet the
consensus of many pet experts is that many of them end up
spoiled. No matter if he fits in a purse or a pocket, your
small dog still sees the world in terms of pack behavior, and
if you’re not leading the pack, he is. It’s a wise idea to make
sure your small dog is thoroughly housetrained, no matter how
small and inconsequential the mess might seem when he misses.
Dog experts also suggest you make your small dog work for you,
to keep him responsive to your rules. Have him sit or do tricks
before you give him a tasty treat or even his meal.

Grooming Your Small Dog

Small dog care includes some special grooming needs you’ll need
to keep in mind. Small dogs require more frequent nail trimming
than larger dogs, because they typically spend less time on
rough surfaces wearing them down. You’ll also need to brush
your small dog’s teeth twice a week if you’re feeding a soft
canned food diet.

As you can see, small dog care largely follows the same route
as care for any other sized dog. The differences may seem like
minor details, but paying attention to them can make a big
impact when it comes to meeting your small dog’s special needs.

About The Author: Blake Kritzberg is proprietor of Poodle-oo,
your source for small dog clothes. Stop by for small dog
couture and home decor, designer dog collars, leather dog
leashes and the Small Dog Blog. http://www.poodle-oo.com

One Response to “Big impact tips for the care of small small dogs”

  1. Eric Says:

    Eric…

    Definitely, the most sensible thing i have seen in a long time….

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