Small dog training has some unique challenges, but it is well worth the
effort. All good dog owners know that training is critical to ensure
your dog is safe and happy, but traditional methods don’t necessarily
work best when training small dogs like the Coton.
Basic dog obedience training is relatively easy for the Coton de Tulear because of this breed’s desire to please and their high intelligence, but there are also some unique challenges.
Training small dogs is very important. Common sense tells us that you can’t treat a 10 pound dog the same way you treat an 80 pound dog. For instance, pulling on a small dog’s leash can seriously hurt him when trying to get him to heel and pushing down his butt to get him to sit can cause back injury.
Because you are so much bigger than your small pup, it’s important that he feels safe. Gentle, loving, and happy training methods are important for all pets, but it’s especially important for your small dog to help him feel safe and confident.
Often people let their little dogs get away with things they’d never let a big dog get away with thinking “what harm can a small pup do?” But just because your dog is cute and small you’re not doing him any favors by letting him get away with bad behavior.
Training small dogs is well worth the effort when the end result is a happy and safe dog you can be proud of.
Before learning the basic small dog training commands that make for a well behaved pet, it’s essential that your puppy understand two important things:
There are many different ways of training a small dog to do a trick so if you try one way without success, don't struggle or get frustrated, just try a different method.
The obedience commands below are important for all dogs (big or small) and can be taught once the puppy is at least 3 or 4 months old.
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CONGRATULATIONS – you have a well behaved pet you can be proud of.
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