|Barked: Mon Jul 15, '13 8:47pm PST |
|Small dogs and big dogs are a bit different to train as I am finding out. I am used to training large dogs, such as Rotties (1 of them my own and 4 of them fosters) and 1 BC mix. The BC mix was easy compared to the Rotties. My Rottie was a bit bull headed and the fosters came from jaded pasts and their training techniques were all different. A lot of exercise is a must and a lot of mental stimulation. Now for the first time, I have a small dog, I certainly have questions about training him, but usually a big celebration and lots of treats work for him.
Transferring training from a big dog to a small dog is probably easier than going from small to big. Different energy levels and temperaments, personalities, etc. Best bet is to tired your dog out as much as you can with exercise and mental stimulation and then start training so his focus is mainly on you. It does take time, sometimes a lot of time but you really have to commit yourself and hunker down to train this dog in the best possible way you can. I do still strongly suggest you get a trainer, that is the best way to get this habit under control without you pulling your hair out and getting frustrated at your dog.
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