Tips For Owning A Small Dog

by Nancy Boland

Despite the positives of owning a small dog; taking up less space, being able to pick them up easier, owning a small dog is by no means easier than caring for a larger breed. Small dogs need as much if not more than larger dogs so it’s important to be prepared for some of the specialist needs smaller dogs require.

The following are some of the most important factors involved in caring for smaller dogs, which can be overlooked at times.

Nutrition

Great nutrition is important for any breed, but smaller dogs in particular tend to have a faster metabolism that larger dogs, meaning that it’s especially important to provide them with balanced meals that will keep them satisfied for as long as possible throughout the day. Younger dogs of small breeds will benefit the most from being fed 3-4 times a day, but as they age, this can be reduced to 2-3 times.

Exercise

Small dogs are often little firecrackers, exceptionally busy and needing constant stimulation! The Jack Russell in particular need lots of exercise and stimulation on a daily basis but even small breeds like the Chihuahua can be buzzing with energy.

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Remember to match your dog’s exercise routine to their energy levels and needs, and ensure that you do not neglect activities based on the fact your dog is small.

Training

Small dogs might be easy to pick up and put down but try not to get into the routine of picking up your dog when it is convenient or when they start being feisty with another dog.

Small dogs still need training to ensure they are well socialised with dogs and all types of people until they have good manners. Small dogs are also prone to small dog syndrome if not properly socialised, house trained and able to understand and obey basic commands.

Longevity

Smaller dogs as a rule live longer, often into their late teens. Each breed type comes with various potential health issues. It’s important to research you’re breed and learn about any of these vulnerabilities so that you can take care of and be prepared for any eventual issues like arthritis or delicate bones.

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