Dog Kennel – Perth For Small Dogs
How To Care For Small Dogs
Have you finally decided to get that longed-for pampered pooch? Small dog breeds are not taller than 18 inches and do not weigh more than 9 kilograms. And, they may look cute and cuddly but they are living, breathing creatures. You need to respect their personalities and offer loving care. In this article, we discuss caring for small breed dogs.
What are the different small breed dogs?
Small breed dogs come in various shapes and even sizes. Let us take a look at the 10 most popular breeds.
Compact and sturdy:
Jack Russell Terriers
West Highland White Terriers
Sensitive and delicate:
Round-headed Japanese Chin
Hairless Chinese Crested
Why does the dog’s size matter?
The dog’s size matters when choosing all his things. You should think about your dog’s size and shape when purchasing the bed. Remember to consider the dog’s size when you buy the leash and collar as well. The dog’s size can also impact the temperature requirement. When you buy your dog, do some research on specific health problems and care. It is better to use a leash instead of a collar on your dog’s harness.
Why it is good to get to know your dog
Much like humans, dogs have different personalities. Some dogs like a bit of tranquility and their own space. Some dogs love to socialize and play. Some may be rather sensitive, even to the slightest sign of criticism or change. The most important aspect of taking care of your dog is getting to know her or him.
Why do you need to see the world through the small dog’s eyes?
When you are a small pooch, the world can be a mightily scary place. That is why you need to see the world through their eyes and make necessary adjustments. Literally, get down to the small dog’s eye level. Make sure that the play and rest area is not too far away from the dog’s water bowl and dish.
They shouldn’t have to cover a marathon distance to get a drink of water. Put away looming and intimidating (in a dog’s view) tools like the hoover. If you are going to allow the dog on the furniture, can they jump up on those easily? The point is to create a safe, welcoming environment for the little dog.
Watch out for the small dog syndrome
Being a small dog in a big world comes with a set of challenges. But, this very fact can sometimes make them get away with dangerous behavior. They might lean towards bad behavior as a defense mechanism.
Traits such as snarling and biting or running away when called can be dangerous even when the dog is miniature and adorable. Hence, you should help your dog learn appropriate behavior from the beginning. Help your pooch adjust to a variety of situations at a very young age.
Socialize your dog from a young age
Socialization will help your dog learn appropriate behavior and lead a happier, well-adjusted life. You can sign him up for a local class with other dogs. And, you can get a dog trainer to help you. Take the dog for walks in your neighborhood.
Talk to others with dogs, and let the dogs get to know each other. Dogs learn socialization through experience. Don’t hesitate to let them get to know strangers on your walks. But, always remember to take baby steps, depending on your dog’s temperament and personality. And, when in doubt, ask your veterinarian.
How to train your small dog?
You don’t have to bother with teaching her tricks. But, it is important to teach them commands such as sit, heel, stay, come and leave it. But, be patient, English is not your dog’s first language. Remember to start house training as soon as you welcome the dog to your house.
This however requires lots of patience. Yelling at your dog when he or she soils the carpet accidentally will not be helpful. Simply guide him gently as if you would a toddler. Be consistent and keep trying. If you are going to leave the dog alone sometimes, train them to use the ‘bathroom.’
Food requirements of small dogs
Small dogs have their own calorie requirements. They have more surface area per kg than larger dogs. They also expend energy at a faster rate when keeping warm. They tend to spend more energy just getting around, as they take small steps. Hence, small dogs require more calories per kg. However, it is also important to watch out for excess weight gain.
How to feed small dogs?
Small breed dogs should get small portions of meals frequently throughout the day. This will compensate for their small capacity stomach and balance the need for lots of energy. You can ask the vet to guide you in optimal meal amounts and frequency. You should also buy dog food specially designed for small dogs. Food with plenty of antioxidants and omega 3 and 6 would help your pooch live a healthier life.
How to groom a small dog?
You don’t need to bathe a dog that often, once every two months would suffice. However, it is important to groom your small dog regularly. And, you should keep their nails clipped. You could take your dog to a professional groomer. They will bathe and brush your dog. But, in-between visits you can bathe it in a small tub.
A large bathtub might prove to be too much to handle for you and the dog. If your dog is furry (Eg; Bichon Frise) you need to learn to untangle and brush his or her coat. Even if your dog has short hair, brushing is important. Speaking of brushing, it is a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth about three times a week.
How to bathe a small dog?
First of all, brush your dog’s hair. Then use a small bathtub and lukewarm water to wash her. Keep talking to your doggie in a calm and reassuring voice as you clean her. Don’t forget to use a good dog shampoo. And, rinse the suds well. Afterward, let her coat air dry. Don’t forget to give her a treat.
How often should you take the dog to see a vet?
You should take your small pooch to the vet about once a year, barring any medical emergencies. The vet will administer the necessary vaccines and do a thorough checkup. However, if you notice any strange behavior or lack of appetite, take him to see the vet.
You should watch out for bloating, unusual sleep patterns, rash, swollen nose or tongue, or limping. In between visits, if you notice anything amiss, contact your dog’s vet as soon as possible.
Above all, offer them lots of love and attention. Dogs thrive on loving attention. You need to talk to them and accept her as she is. A well-cared-for dog will live a long, happy life and bring you much joy and love.
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