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6 Big Signs Of Small Dog Syndrome

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It’s so easy for a small dog to get her way. Just look at cute and helpless she is. Who can resist her fuzzy charms? But behind those puppy dog eyes, you’re creating a monster… a furry beast who expects to get everything she wants. And it’s all your fault! It’s your job, as a pet parent and a dog owner, to remind her that she is a dog, not a pampered princess. You’re not doing her and anyone around her any good by manifesting this small dog syndrome.

At first, you laugh off these signals and signs, thinking that they are cute and precious. But as time goes on, they become annoying and create a dog that doesn’t know how to properly socialize with other dogs and people. This leads to anxiety and fear-based issues that aren’t easy to resolve. So do you have an issue on your hands? Here’s how to tell if you’ve got a case of small dog syndrome.

  1. Barking at every dog she passes. Big or small, it doesn’t matter – if another dog so much as glances her way, your dog takes offence and starts giving that pooch a piece of her mind. This consistent yapping can get her into a lot of trouble. Plus, all this barking leads to an unsure and insecure dog.
  2. I’m too good to walk. My perfect paws never touch the ground, so my mum and dad carry me everywhere. It’s like carrying a baby and soon your dog expects it. Dogs need to walk – it’s great exercise for them. And small dogs need to walk too, as they are at risk of becoming overweight. When they put on the extra weight, it doesn’t take much. Even an extra pound or two can put pressure on joints, organs and limbs that just can’t handle it, and can lead to expensive medical bills, pain and suffering.
  3. Who’s in charge here? If your pampered pooch has small dog syndrome, you’d better believe she thinks she’s in charge! She’s the pack leader and you are her follower. The house and everything that’s in it – you’d better believe that belongs to her. She’s not going to listen to a word you say, will sit where she wants and will bully the other members of the family to keep the status quo in check (with her on top).
  4. The house is her bathroom. She pees where she wants, whenever the urge strikes her. But she just won’t pee on the floor. She’ll do her business on the bed, sofa, chairs… in fact, on every piece of furniture in the house. She’ll do it everywhere – except outside.
  5. She’ll jump up, snap or growl at other people. Or she’ll do all three. As a way to compensate for her small size, she’s showing how tough and fearless she is when she is stressed, threatened, confused, upset, intimidated, or nervous.
  6. Begs for food. Your food is my food. So give it to me. And if you don’t, I will sit, stare, whine and cry until you do. I don’t care if I know you or not – if it looks appetizing, I want to eat it. Sure, it’s rude and not nice doggy manners, but I don’t care. I make up the rules in this house and I demand the best of everything on your plate!

Even if your dog has small dog syndrome, it’s not too late to correct this behavior. With the proper training and just by learning to say no to your princess, you can take your rightful place at the head of the household, and your small dog can take her rightful position – on your lap (but only when you say it’s okay, of course).


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