The topic of small breed dogs can be a hot one. But why?
See, like any breed, (small, medium, or large) there are good apples and bad apples, so to speak. That being said, if you ask me, there are no bad ‘apples’ when it comes to pets, only bad owners. Which brings me to today’s post – Tips for socializing small breed dogs.
Before I get started, I want to point out that I am not picking on small breed dogs, or their owners. I am simply going over a few points as to why I believe it is important to socialize them. And FYI – it is just as important to socialize any pet, but today, lets focus on small breeds.
A couple months ago, partnered with my mother, I opened my own Pet Specialty Shop – Pawz N Clawz Boutique. Since being open, I have had the pleasure of getting to know the people in my town, as well as their dogs. And I quickly realized that the majority of my town has small breed dogs. And let me tell you, I have met my share of friendly, as well as NON friendly small breed dogs! From what I have learned, in my humble opinion, socialization would be the number 1 thing I would get started with, if they were my dogs.
Here’s Some Examples of What I See to Be Lack of Socialization:
- Dogs being leery of other dogs/humans
- Scared dog/vibrating when out in public settings
- Dogs who growl at other people/dogs
- Dogs who are only comfortable being held in your arms when out in public
Those are just some of the things I notice. Now, I realize with small breeds, sometimes these things that I mentioned go hand in hand, BUT – I am a firm believer that with proper socialization, these behaviors could change drastically.
Don’t rush your dog into any situations where he is uncomfortable to the point of being absolutely terrified. This will accomplish nothing. Set a goal for you and your small dog, and take baby steps to work towards your goal. Maybe that goal is to be able to go to the dog park and let your dog run around with other dogs. If that is the case, start small.
Start by inviting one or two people (and their dogs) to an area of open grass (fenced in) and let them run around, see what happens. If it is too much for your pup, maybe try starting with just one other dog, go from there. Once your dog has become comfortable with being off leash, and playing with other dogs, add one or two more to the mix, and continue with your baby steps as you inch closer to your goal. Same goes for any instance of trying to socialize. Start small, go at your dogs pace, and don’t give up!
What sort of experiences have you had with small breed dogs?
Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.