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Positive reinforcement will go a long way with a small dog. Let them know when you're pleased with what they have done by giving a favorite treat or lots of praise and they will soon begin to understand how to follow your rules and fit in with the household.
What is a Small Dog
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The Shih Tzu is a toy dog; however, some refer to the Shih Tzu as teacup, toy, toi, pint-size, pocket, imperial, IMP, Chinese imperial dog, CID, mini, miniature or standard. All these references are considered inappropriate and are categorically rejected by the American Shih Tzu Club, Inc. as the National Breed Club maintains there is but one “Shih Tzu” and the ideal weight is 9-16 lbs. (This does not negate the fact that size may vary and those smaller than what is defined as the ideal are not uncommon in litters produced by sires and dams that fall within the ideal weight range.) The use of such descriptive labels is generally regarded as a misleading marketing ploy, as is pitching Shih Tzu to be of "rare color." May 11, 2011 - Defining “small dog”
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Want to browse over 90 small dog breeds and find out which one is right for you? We've written profiles describing 94 small dog breeds! Each of the profiles describes the distinct personalities and characteristics of each of the breeds. The profiles give you an idea of what the breeds are like to live with and each profile, of course, has a photo of the breed.It is very unfortunate for owners of small breed service dogs that so many pet owners choose to pass off their small breed pets as service dogs. Unfortunately, when a dog is small enough to carry, it is far easier to disguise that dog's lack of training than when the dog has to walk on his own four paws and act like he knows what he's doing and this makes small dogs particularly appealing to fakers. Tiny Paws Small Dog Rescue was born out of my love for small dogs and desire to help those in need, and in memory of the loss of a dear family member. Dealing frequently with small breed puppies and retired breeder moms, we strive to find homes that are aware of the commitment to raising a small breed dog and to the patience needed in socializing and housebreaking a retired breeder mom who may have little idea what life in a home is all about. We are foster home based and are always looking for new foster homes to help us continue our love of rescuing dogs in need. We are happy to assist in owner surrender placements, especially those in need of surrendering their small dogs due to financial hardships, loss of a loved one, or dog owner entering assisted living facilities or nursing homes. We pride ourselves with a thorough search for that perfect home for a dog in need and follow up with phone calls to ensure things are going well. Tiny Paws will take back an adopted dog should the need arise within a reasonable notice and an available foster home has an open spot. Our goal is to someday own a building to house even more canine companions in need. We look forward to helping you find your family pet. Know what you are really getting into when you consider a small, large, or otherwise non-traditional dog for service work. The chooser is responsible for the consequences of the choice, not the public. If you choose a dog that is not capable of walking long distances, it is not the public's responsibility to provide you a way to compensate for your choice's lacking. If you choose a dog that does not fit in the space provided it is not the public's responsibility to provide you with additional space. If you choose a dog that is more likely to be injured or is more easily injured, it is not the public's responsibility to compensate for your choice--it is yours.A person with a small, large, or otherwise non-traditional breed dog being used for service work should anticipate encountering greater resistance and conflict in public over their dog even when it is a legitimate service dog and not a pet. Do not make such a choice and then bemoan the extra challenges after the fact. Instead, know ahead of time what you may be getting yourself into and choose wisely.Of the breeds which you wrote about in this hub, I've watched the major problems encountered by my grandson's Boston terrier to never be brave enough for one of them. He's spent a small fortune at the veterinary eye specialist and hospital, with two surgeries already required, and his beloved dog only has one eye now. This Boston also has what appears to be the canine equivalent of sleep apnea, which can lead to heart disease.