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Reactivity in Small Dogs

Small dogs have different needs than big dogs.

Keep scrolling to learn more about how we can help our little reactive friends make progress using strategies developed just for them.

When my chihuahua mix first became reactive, the only training advice I saw was designed for bigger dogs. There was absolutely nothing available which seemed to take into account the differences in training our short or smaller reactive friends.

So, why are small dogs different, anyway?

They are more vulnerable to bad experiences

Whether it’s overwhelming dog play, being picked up against their will or having warning signs ignored, small dogs are more vulnerable to experiences that we know can create or exacerbate reactivity.

Hand feeding is harder

Bending over to hand your dog a treat is mechanically challenging in the best of times, let alone when a trigger is right around the corner. Treat delivery methods designed for small dogs not only save our back, but improve our timing as well, which can make all of the difference.

Small dogs are portable

Small dogs can be more easily picked up or put into carriers. This is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to preventing, exacerbating and treating reactivity.

Join us for our webinar on helping Small Dogs with Reactivity!

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Tess Morgan is the owner of Treat Yourself Dog Training and is a certified dog trainer in London, Ontario. She specializes in reactive dog training, separation anxiety training, fear and dog/child safety.

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