Stop Dog Barking | Small Dog Breeds
In this section of our website we will go over ways to stop dog barking, as well as some information on picking the right small dog breed / lap dog. We will also go over some common breeds of small dogs as well as training techniques and obedience training for barking dogs and small breeds of dogs.
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How to Stop Dog Barking
Stopping dog barking can be as simple as feeding them, or it may take more drastic steps such hiring a dog trainer. However, you ever you may want to figure out why your dog is barking to begin with. This is the first step in solving dog barking problems. Dogs bark for a number of reasons.
Here are a list of common reasons why your dog may be barking:
- Protecting their territory
- They are Hungry
- They are thirsty
- They are bored
- They have pent up energy and are trying to release it
- They have a toy that they cannot get to for some reason (Under a deck, couch, ext.)
- They hear, smell, or see another dog
- They need to go outside to relieve themselves, or they want back into the house
- They are too hot or cold
These are just a few of the common reasons why a dog would bark. Most of these reasons for a dog barking can be easily solved by the obvious ways (Feeding them, letting them back in or out of the house, feeding them, ext.) However, if they are barking consistently and becoming a nuisance this is most likely due to the fact that they have pent up energy and are finding the wrong ways to release it. The first step in stopping a dog that is constantly barking is exercising them. Dog walk up to 5 miles a day in the wild, so letting them into the backyard to run around isn't going to cut it as far as exercising them goes. Dogs need to walk at least 30 minutes a day. You can also have them swim, play fetch, or even run on tread mills. However, a dog that is well exercised will be a relax, balanced, and calm dog. This holds true for dogs that are chewing furniture, scratching on walls, and are in anyway destructive. Once they find positive ways to release their energy they will get into less trouble. Another way to correct a dog when they are barking is by giving a slight tug on their collar and firmly saying NO. This will take repetition and should only be done when they are barking for reasons that cannot be changed (Being protective, barking at cars, neighbors, ext). The final step that you can take is using a bark collar. This is only recommended as a last resort. Make sure to buy a quality dog bark collar. You will get what you pay for and if you purchase a cheap dog bark collar it will most likely break. Return To Top
How to Choose a Small Breed Dog
Not only is it a fashion accessory it is your loyal friend. What am I talking about? Small breed dogs of course! Their small stature are perfect for small living arrangements. They don't take up much space and they are so cute. But you shouldn't pick a small breed dog based on their cute looks. If you base your decision on looks alone, you may end up with a dog that doesn't behave . It is important to research the breed of your small dog before rushing into purchasing one. They all have different characteristics. Don't forget that it is important that if you are being a dog into your life that you need to be prepared to train it. Train your small pup early. Just because you can pick up your dog if it is misbehaving, doesn't mean it won't get into trouble in the long run.
If you are considering getting a small breed dog there are some important aspects to look at before making your final decision.
The Small Breed Dog Size
A small breed dog is categorized as having weight less than 22lbs or can be shorter that 16 inches. There are so many different combinations that can be made up by these physical features. For example, the Chihuahua is known as being the smallest of the small breeds. They can weigh anywhere from 6-8 pounds and stand 6-10 inches tall. There are bigger small breeds out there such as the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. It tends to weigh 24-36 ponds and stands at 14-16 inches. It helps to start out with a general breed that you are interested in and researching its characteristics. Return To Top
Training the Small Breed Dog
Every dog owner wants an obedient dog. All dog breeds can be trained to learn commands, even the small breeds! Just like humans, some smaller breed dogs can learn faster than others. It all depends on the consistency of training and having patience with your canine.
Small Breed Dog Shedding
When choosing a pet it is important to look at your own personality. Are you busy and always on the go? Are you laid back and don't have any cares in the world? Would having dog hair all over your home drive you crazy? There are quite a few small breed dogs that shed almost no hair at all. These less-likely-to-shed small breeds will most likely shed a few hairs when you brush them. These low shedders are in breeds such as the West Highland White Terrier, Miniature Schnauzer, Shih Tzu, and Yorkshire Terrier. If you absolutely hate dog hair, then one of these breeds are perfect for you.
There are some small breeds that shed a moderate amount of hair. It may be stuck on the carpet, clothes, or couch. If you don't mind a little hair here and there than you may want to consider breeds like the American Cocker Spaniel,Beagle,Boston Terrier,and Dachshund (Smooth).
Let's not forget to mention the small breed dogs that are the big shedders. There are some breeds that shed tremendous amounts of hair. If you own one of these breeds you will find hair everywhere in your home. If this fact doesn't bother you in the lest bit, here are some breeds that fit into this category; American Eskimo Dog (Miniature),Pekingese,Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Japanese Chin. Return To Top
Small Dog Breeds Low Maintenance
When it comes to maintenance of your small dog it breaks down into two factors. One of them is vacuuming. As mentioned before, you may not need to vacuum at all if you choose a breed with minimal hair shedding. If you do however, choose a big shedder you may want to invest in a good vacuum cleaner to suck up all the hair. The other factor is that if you pick a long haired breed dog, like a Maltese, you will need to brush their coat daily. If you don't keep up with it their coat will be a tangled and knotted mess. An option to avoid this is to get them groomed to have a shorter coat.
Small Dog Breeds and Children
With most all dog breeds, dogs are great with children when they have known them and been around them since being a puppy. It is common sense though, that if a dog is being rough housed or teased by a child, that child is at risk of getting bit. When a dog is being hit, having its tail pulled, or being smothered it is its natural instinct to defend itself. They may give a few warning growls but eventually, if the situation isn't being taken care of, the bully will get bit. If you have children at home it is your responsibility to watch your children's behavior with the dog and teach them to respect the dog. Show your children a gentle way to pet the canine and to give it some space. This eliminates any doggie/child drama. Return To Top
Small Dog Breed as a Watchdog
Small dog breeds are great watchdogs. They have a reputation for making some kind of commotion when a stranger is present. Some breeds are a better watchdog than others. They tend to be on high alert if an unknown is on their property. These breeds of dogs include the Toy Fox Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier, and Boston Terrier. These dogs will warn you if something is a little off.
Small Dog Breeds and Human Allergies
When a person is allergic to a dog, it is not the hair that they are allergic to. They are allergic to the dander, which are dead skin flakes. Dog dander is microscopic. It can float through the hair causing a person to inhale it. All dogs produce dander. The small breed dogs are known not to produce as much simply because they have smaller bodies.
Looking at these different aspects should help anyone who is interested in purchasing a small breed. Knowing exactly what you want from your new dog will help you make your decision in picking a breed. Return To Top
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