Small dogs are the cutest pets in the world. Apart from being your best friend, they are also very easy to care for. If you have any dog breed that falls within the category of small dogs, like the Chihuahua, Yorkshire Terriers. Shi Tzu, Bichon Frise and several other breeds of small dogs, here are some few tips to help you care for them appropriately.
The choice of what and how to feed your pet is probably the most important decision to make for your small dogs because the way you feed them would help to determine how healthy they become and how fast they grow. Regardless of their size, small dogs can be very heavy eaters and may eat whatever they lay their paws upon, hence the need to establish a feeding routine for your doggie baby. You shouldn’t load your doggie baby with too much food at once. Instead, you should go with three small meals per day in order to help their digestive system function properly, and eliminate indigestion problems.
It is also important to select the right mix of meals for your meals for your doggie baby, which would create a nutritional balance and help them maintain an appropriate weight. Small dogs can also be affected by dehydration, hence the need to always ensure that your dog has access to clean drinking water at all times.
The next most important thing to put in mind after feeding, is grooming. Grooming your dog regularly helps them stay clean and healthy. Your doggie baby certainly is not gonna love bathing but it’s important that they get one regularly in order to eliminate all dirt, germs and doggie odor. You should also brush its teeth daily to prevent tooth decay ad gum diseases. Your dog’s nails should also be clipped regularly to avoid injuries, and its hair brushed to prevent matting.
Don’t let the cool and sweet nature of your of your small dog fool you; small dogs are just as fierce, ferocious and manipulative and could get spoiled if you allow them to. This is why there is an absolute need for your small dog to be trained and learn good behavior. To train your small dog appropriately and promote good behavior, you should;
- Establish rules
- Reward good behavior
- Punish bad behavior (but not physically)
- Be patient and reinforce positive behavior
Every dog needs a little bit of exercise every now and then. It helps your dog get familiar with the environment outside your home, stimulate them mentally and help them maintain a healthy weight. You could take your doggie baby along with you when going for a walk or just allow them play around the garden for a few minutes daily.
Small dogs may also get sick sometimes and to keep them safe, it’s important that you register them at a veterinary center or talk to a Vet doctor who can come to your home to take a look at them from time to time. They would be able to establish your dog’s state of health at all times and give them vaccination and treatment as required.
Your doggie baby needs protective dog clothes like winter dog coats and dog t-shirts or to keep them warm and safe from the elements of weather. You can also get some dog clothes for special outings and occasions. You shouldn’t forget to get your doggie baby a nice collar to serve as a leash and also as a means of identification, should they ever get lost.
Lastly, don’t keep your doggie baby home all day; a little bit of socialization helps promote good behavior and tolerance in dogs.