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Yorkshire Terrier Dog Breed Temperament, Health Issues, Grooming and Living Conditions

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Temperament: The Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog, that is big on personality. Keeping the terrier qualities, this dog enjoys adventures and has lots of energy. This is an exceptionally brave dog and is very clever. The Yorkshire terrier is very affectionate, with their owners, and makes a great companion.

Problems can arise if the owner is not the pack leader here we see a dog that becomes aggressive towards strange dogs and small animals, and may also become yappy. The Yorkshire Terrier dog, like all dogs, needs the owner to be the leader. This dog is better with older children, that can show leadership skills and treat the dog as the dog. Small dog syndrome in Yorkshire terriers is to be avoided, as this will make the dog unhappy, and also the owner.

If the Yorkshire terrier starts to develop jealousy or becomes over demanding of human attention, then it is wise to think how you are treating the dog to put back the right balance. The Yorkie is easy to train but can be slightly stubborn, as with all terriers. This breed can be difficult to potty train. The Yorkshire terrier makes an excellent watchdog. The biggest problem Yorkies can have is if the owner thinks and treats them as a human baby, due to their size. The Yorkie is a sweet little dog, when the owner understands leadership skills that are gentle.

Although the Yorkshire Terrier is a small dog they will still require walking daily. This will help burn up their energy, as this breed has lots to burn off. Dogs that do not have daily walks are more likely to have behavioral problems. A sure sign that your Yorkie may require more walks is if they are spinning around the house as fast as a bullet. Remember this dog is trainable and simple commands such as heel when out walking are needed. This dog will enjoy a good run in a safe open area off the lead.

Health issues: Some of the Yorkshire Terrier breed are prone to slipped stifle, bronchitis, early tooth decay, delicate digestion, herniated disks, which can course paralysis. This breed can get fractures easily and eye infections can be quite common.

Grooming: Daily grooming is needed with the Yorkshire terrier, due to their silky coat. They have a topknot which is usually tied up. Family pets that are not for showing tend to have their pet coat cut shorter for manageability. Show dogs need hours of care for the show ring and this can be learnt. The Yorkie dog will benefit from daily tooth care, cleaning these from an early age will help your pet to know that it is part of the routine.

Living conditions: The Yorkshire terrier is good for apartment life, although this is an active indoor dog, providing they have good daily walks they can manage without a garden.

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Rabies Vaccination For Dogs - Beware the Health Risks

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Though most people think of vaccines as safe and protective, vaccination is a serious medical procedure with significant risks. The rabies vaccine, the only pet vaccine required by law, is arguably the most dangerous inoculation given to dogs and cats -and we give it far more often than necessary to protect people and dogs. And did you know: a Chihuahua puppy gets exactly the same dose shot as an adult Great Dane? This increased antigen load in relation to body size likely exposes small dogs to even bigger health risks.

Immediate adverse reactions after vaccination are easy to spot: vomiting, facial swelling, fever, lethargy, circulatory shock, loss of consciousness and even death. Non-immediate reactions, occurring days or even months, after vaccination include:

- Fibrocarcinomas (cancer) at the injection site
- Seizures and epilepsy
- Autoimmune diseases, such as those affecting bone marrow, blood cells, joints, eyes, kidney, liver, bowel and the central nervous system
- Chronic digestive problems
- Allergies
- Skin diseases (small dogs are especially vulnerable to ischemic dermatopathy and panniculitis)
- Muscle weakness or atrophy, particularly lack of rear-end coordination
- Pica (eating inappropriate materials, including feces)
- Behavioral Problems: aggression, destruction, separation anxiety, obsessive compulsive behaviors like tail chasing or paw licking

Perhaps because it’s required by law, few conventional vets warn about adverse reactions to this vaccine. For various reasons, delayed and unusual reactions are seldom reported to manufacturers or the FDA.

Given the risks…shouldn’t we vaccinate only as often as necessary to protect dogs and people? Yes, but that’s not what happens. Although blood antibody titer tests show that the rabies vaccine provides immunity for seven years, and a 1992 French “challenge” study proves at least five years of protection, most areas require vaccination of adult dogs every three years. Some U.S. localities require annual or biannual vaccination even though the “three year” shot is guaranteed by manufacturers to give three years of immunity. If that weren’t bad enough, the three-year shot is often the one-year shot simply relabled to meet local requirements.

Can you avoid the rabies vaccine? If your dog has a well-documented history of health problems, and a low probability of contracting rabies, your veterinarian can apply for a deferral or exemption in many areas. A blood test for antibody titers (pronounced like tighter) showing strong antibodies to the disease may help your case, but will not by itself get you an exemption. Inexplicably, some vets refuse to apply for exemptions and some localities refuse to offer them. Ironically, strong titers, not repeated vaccination, are the only proof that a dog has immunity.

Incidentally, according to the CDC, rabies is no longer transmitted dog to dog in the United States. Your dog can contract rabies only from a wild animal such as a bat, fox or coyote.

We Can Change Antiquated Laws

Because the USDA , which oversees animal vaccines, will not accept blood tests or foreign studies as proof for vaccine duration of immunity, concerned American dog lovers have banded together to fund the research required to extend the period between vaccinations and to make the vaccine safer.

Nationally-renowned pet vaccination experts Drs. Jean Dodds and Ronald Schultz (Chair of the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison) are volunteering their efforts to study the vaccine. The University has waived its usual overhead fee (customarily 48% of direct costs). Concurrent five- and seven-year studies, using USDA testing protocols, are currently determining the duration of vaccine protection. Phase II of these studies will investigate the safety of the shot’s boosting agents (called adjuvants) and establish a much-needed reporting system for adverse shot reactions. This study offers the opportunity to improve the health of every dog in America.

Learn more about adverse reactions, vaccination exemptions, titer testing and the Rabies Challenge Fund , and watch our entertaining but informative video at our Rabies Vaccine page. 

2008 Jan Rasmusen.

Jan Rasmusen is the national award-winning author of Scared Poopless: The Straight Scoop on Dog Care, a highly-researched, but fun-to-read book on holistic dog health and safety. Subjects include vaccination, nutrition, pet meds, dental care, air and auto safety and more. Scared Poopless was named Best Health Care Book of any kind and Best Pet Care Book. It’s recommended by the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Animal Wellness Magazine, The Animal Protection Institute and countless vets. Find free dog care videos, audios, and articles at Jan’s website http://www.Dogs4Dogs.com Sign up for her popular free e-newsletter and her article/video blog.

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Why Purchase Bark Collars and Containment Fences?

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Pets should always be able to go outdoors without facing the danger of getting hurt, poisoned, or chased by other animals. We need to know they’re safe at all times. Animals get bored if kept indoors all the time. Every living thing needs to be able to breath fresh air. Yet, when left outside, they can get into trouble or simply bark all the time out of excitement. This is not always pleasant for their owners. By investing in products such as containment fences or bark collars, you can make a much safer and less stressful environment for your pet.

The containment fence keeps your dog or cat safe within a certain perimeter. By installing a secret electronic fencing system and having your pet wear the specialized collar, they will learn to understand the boundaries of where they can go. This sytem won’t do your pet any harm, but it will keep it safe, just where you want it to be. As an animal who is wearing one of these collars get closer to their boundary border, the collar will sound out beeps, warning the animal. Animals learn quickly various signals and your pet will definitely make the connection between the beep and its behavior.

All pet owners adore and love their pets. We all want what is best for them. It would be awful if some tragic accident happened and your pet would be hurt or even killed; it would also be extremely inconvenient if it did some damage in your neighbor’s courtyard when it was supposed to stick to the perimeter around your house. Cats are famous for their adventurous instincts. As you know, curiosity killed the cat. Preferably, not yours. Cats are always hit by cars when they go in such adventures. In order to protect our pet, we can use products such as a containment fence to keep them in close quarters.

Bark Collars are ideal if you own a pet and live close to your neighbors. Bark collars are extremely useful if you live very close to other people, in blocks of flats, duplexes or other such residences. And even if you have plenty of space around your house, it can be really annoying when your dog barks every time you take it for a walk. You need to have control over its reactions and a bark collar is the perfect way to obtain it. Some of us also like to be able to take our pets along for a car ride if we plan on being gone for awhile. Its annoying barking will distract you and that can be an important risk for accidents. By using a bark collar on your pet during the car ride, he won’t bark at every passing car, which can make both a safer and enjoyable ride for the both of you.

Even though we don’t want to restrain our pets too much, we do want to know they’re safe. Bark Collars will ensure that. These tools are the best options to make sure everything’s all right with your pet. Containment fences can keep the pets safe within a certain teritory, while offering them a certain degree of freedom as well.

No pet owner wants to expose his pet to risks. With the aid of Bark Collars and containment fences, the risk can be reduced to minimum. You can read more about Bark Collars here.

Older Dog Health Problems - Common Health Problems Facing Senior Dogs

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Like all animals, as dogs age they tend to develop health problems unique to
older dogs. Many dog owners have a difficult time accepting this fact and
think that their lively pooch is not an older
dog and will not have health
problems. Dogs can, however, show signs of aging as early as seven
years old. Older dog health problems generally affect larger breeds
earlier than small breeds that tend to show signs of aging around 10 to 12 years
of age. The fact is that senior dog
health problems will eventually be a concern for every dog owner.

Common Health Problems Facing Older Dogs

All dogs are different and, depending on their size, breed and activity level,
will exhibit health problems differently. However, there are common health
issues that may manifest in all senior dogs including the following:

  • Joint and bone problems


  • An overall reduction in their metabolism

  • Difficulty with their eyes and ears

  • Liver and kidney dysfunctions

  • Skin becomes thin and less pliable while the coat becomes mottled and patchy

  • Problems with teeth and gums
  • Unlike a little puppy who has an endless supply of energy, an older dog will
    tend to slow down and take longer to lay down or stand up. Instead of
    bounding up the stairs your senior dog might take each stair one at a
    time. Your dog may develop arthritis, an inflammation of the joints
    causing pain and discomfort, which is generally the cause of this slowing
    down. There are a host of anti-inflammatory drugs that your veterinarian
    can suggest to reduce the discomfort caused by arthritis.

    In many cases, an older dog will have problems with their eyes as they develop
    cataracts or even glaucoma. A cataract will become obvious to the owner as
    the eyes have a cloudy appearance and tend to reflect light. Senior dogs
    may also develop glaucoma, an increased amount of pressure on the eyes, and can
    cause more serious problems if left untreated.

    The entire circulation system and many of the major organs are taxed in older
    dogs. The heart, lungs, liver and kidneys all become less efficient and
    the immune systems can become weak and vulnerable to viruses and bacteria.
    Serious health problems may develop in your senior dog as some of the symptoms
    develop gradually. It is your responsibility to maintain your older dog’s
    health and remain informed of the possible senior dog health problems that
    commonly arise.

    Helping Your Older Dog Overcome Health Problems

    As an aging dog inevitably develops health problems, you can help alleviate many
    of the symptoms and keep your pet comfortable. The most basic thing you
    can do is simply pay more attention to your senior dog making sure you’re aware
    of the changes taking place. Brush your dog’s coat daily and ask your vet
    if there are special shampoos to help with her skin and coat. Spend time
    rubbing your hands on his coat feeling for bumps or lesions. Be patient
    when your dog needs a little extra time walking up the stairs or jumping up into
    the car. Make sure you make regular visits to your vet and stay current on
    vaccinations. Brush your senior dog’s teeth regularly and have them
    professionally cleaned occasionally. Provide regular exercise while also
    making adjustments needed for your dog as she ages.

    As your older dog slows down, you might have to adjust her diet to help
    compensate for the reduction of energy for both her weight as well as her coat
    and her circulation system. Not only must the overall calorie intake be
    reduced, but you can also feed your senior dog specially formulated foods made
    to fit their particular needs. Try to purchase the most expensive, best
    quality food you can afford and avoid greasy table scraps.

    It’s an inevitable fact that dogs age, but you can make a difference in helping
    your older dog overcome health problems. Keep in mind that in the last
    eighty years or so the average lifespan of dogs has increased from 7 years to
    12. Expanding your knowledge and paying attention to your dogs health will
    help ensure your dog lives a long and comfortable life.

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    Upkeep of a Shih Tzu?

    Thursday, August 25th, 2011

    My partner and I will be adopting a Shih Tzu puppy next month.
    He works at a dog grooming facility, so grooming is not an issue.

    The puppy is 13 weeks of age, and is estimated to grow to a maximum of 10-12lbs.
    I just wanted to know how much we can expect to pay for her yearly…
    excluding the price of food, grooming, and toys (taken care of).
    Realistically, how often should a puppy visit the vet for a checkup (not injuries or emergencies)?
    Are there expensive shots after 13 weeks of age that a puppy needs?

    Please let us know.
    Knowledge is key. :)
    We are not excluding the cost for emergencies/injuries altogether…
    The situation is that we have already accounted for that, and understand that cost.
    Unfortunately we just don’t know what the prices for everyday vet checkups are.

    We paid about $35 each time for shots, but probably $50 for a kennel cough shot (which you need to board your dog, or for some training places, and for some grooming places esp. if your dog is groomed a lot and it is a busy place). They will go about once every four weeks and then only once a year after 6 months.

    In addition, you should consider the price of spay or neuter which I would say will be about $300, but you can get less expensive ones through animal shelters sometimes.

    Additionally, although you said that you don’t want to account for injuries or emergencies it is REALLY important to consider them!! They are what will cost you the most money. Your dog might be puking one day or just acting weird- you shouldn’t have to not go to the vet just because you didn’t save any money up for emergencies. We probably went to the vet 3 times for puking/diarrhea in the first year. It was free once, $250 another time, and $75 another time. It just depends what is wrong. If something more serious was wrong (dog had a serious illness like Lyme’s Disease, EPI, Hip Dsyplasia) then it would cost *much, much more*.

    The Anti Bark Collars Are Holistic Cures For Barking

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

    It’s strange how those people who look down at you for mentioning Anti Bark Collars are the same ones who don’t refrain from using harsh training techniques on their dogs. Some dogs bark more than others and when they start to, they end up driving everyone crazy, including your neighbors. Reality is that whenever your lovely pet starts to bark insistently, it isn’t that lovely anymore. Not only is the barking going to cause a rift with your neighbors, but it can also get you into trouble with the law. In some states you have to send away your dog if it constantly makes noise.

    You definitely want to avoid this, especially if you’ve been having you’re dog for a very long time and you’re extremely attached to it. If you have to give it away because of excessive barking and it ends up in a nice household, the new owners will also estrange it when they find out it’s very noisy. Therefore, the poor pet might just keep on changing residences or, even worse, end up in a pet shelter where the only solution left is the lethal injection. Because of this, it’s clear that wearing a bark collar is much less inhumane than the lethal injection.

    Unfortunately though, the vast majority of people have seen movies where a dog has been tortured using a shock collar, and they’ve read reports on how cruel these collars are. In reality however, these reports are written by those who claim to love be devoted dog lovers, yet they’ve never taken the time to actually research anti bark collars. Amazingly, there are even some people who think they must shave the area on the dog’s neck where the collar is put. There are even articles mentioning severe burn marks on the dog’s neck, as a result of bark collar use. Of course, all these rumors are highly exaggerated.

    In truth, electronic bark collars should be called “tingle” collars, as opposed to shock collars. The bark collars are not painful at all, they are merely annoying for your pet. Yes it gives you a fright, but it’s by no means painful, and it can certainly do you no harm.

    Many noisy dogs today own their lives to these highly debated collars that prevented them from reaching dog shelters. All individuals who purchased dog collars were content with their investments and found them really helpful, as their effect was obvious starting from day 1 of use. Moreover, many Anti Bark Collars signal with a noise before actually releasing the stimuli (citrus spray or shock). When dogs hear the noise they are tempted to stop barking, because they want to avoid the shock that comes. Considering that the most powerful shock is slightly more intense than the regular static shock, we can’t really say these devices will hurt anyone. In conclusion, the bark collar is the most humane solution you can find to your dog’s constant barking.

    There are many exaggerated myths about Anti Bark Collars. The truth is that bark collars don’t hurt your dog. If you want to know more about Anti Bark Collars, click on this link.

    where can i buy a mini/imperial shih tzu puppy ?

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

    im not bothered about the price aslong as it is healthy and well x

    thanks x

    there is NO SUCH THING

    Shih Tzu only come in ONE size

    "mini" or "imperial" are poorly bred and unhealthy

    About the Rubber Dog Toy

    Sunday, August 21st, 2011

    Chewing is a particular habit of all breeds of dogs, especially during the teething period of their lives. Starting from the premise it is quite a normal habit for the dog, the most important thing is to figure out what can you do to make the dog stop chewing the valuable things in your house. One thing you can use in your attempt is a rubber dog toy. This is mainly because they are designed in a way that they cannot easily be destroyed when chewed by dogs. Nevertheless, it is better not to take any chances and to make sure the toy is safe to chew by your dog, before you decide to buy it.

    The first thing that you should consider is the material used to manufacture the toy. There are different sorts of rubber materials and some of them are very light and they can easily be slashed when the dog chews the toy. This also depends on the chewing type of dog your pet is. There are dogs that in point of fact like to chew and they will chew for hours every day, so make sure you have chosen the best rubber material for the perfect toy for your dog. If a toy tears when it is being chewed by a dog, chances are that the dog will swallow it, which will cause other serious complications.

    Secondly, ensure that the toy you are going for is ultra durable when it comes to its rubber material. This way, not only will you provide your dog with a lot of entertainment time, but you will also ensure he is well exercising his mouth, jaws, mouth muscles and teeth. It is also possible to add some treats in these toys to ensure that the dog is both active and it is also enjoying itself. The dog will be both physically and mentally stimulated by the toy, as it will look for a way of removing the treats from the toys to eat them.

    The toys you are buying for your dog should be made of rubber material that is strong and durable enough to endure possible aggressive chewing in excess, without the toy ripping, puncturing, chipping, cracking, tearing, breaking or even chopping. When purchasing rubber toys for your dog pet you should make sure that these toys don’t have removable parts, as your dog might ingest these pieces while chewing the toy and it might suffocate or suffer other serious complications that may put its health or even life in danger.

    Fourth, in order to keep the dog interested for many hours, you can keep on interchanging the treats that you stuff in the toys. On the market there are lots of things that attract dogs, so you have a lot of options for the treats you are going to stuff the toys of your dog. The rubber toys are also adequate to use for the mental stimulation of your dog, and in order to do that you should always dispose of more toys and to use them either the similar toys stuffed with different treats, or different toys but stuffed with the same type of treat, and let your dog choose from. Considering the large and various offers on the pet supplies market today, you will always be able to select the most appropriate rubber dog toy for your dog.

    One thing you can use in your attempt is a rubber dog toy. Increase the attractiveness of these toys with treats. Select the most appropriate rubber dog toy for your pet.

    Dog Health Food - Feed Your Dachshund the Right Food and Keep Him Healthy For Years

    Friday, August 19th, 2011

    Dog health food could add years to the life of your Dachshund. By making sure that your dog is not eating toxic additives they’ll have more energy and vitality.

    With companies around the world looking for ways to increase their profits, you have to question if they are going to justify the expense of high quality ingredients. With many sources of cheap protein available now, who knows how it was produced, under what conditions and if it even has any real nutritional value for your dog?

    With so many cases of profits being put before the health of humans, what is being done to our beloved dogs? By taking waste products from human food production and putting them in to dog food, there has been a huge increase in diet related health problems in recent years.

    In 2007 over 100 different brands of dog food were recalled after contaminated ingredients caused the deaths of a number of dogs and made many more very ill. Eventually it was found to be melamine in rice protein and wheat gluten, from a factory in China. This means that there could be anything in your dog food no matter what the standards are in the US factory. Also there is very little nourishment in these grains for dogs. Usually it’s just a filler to add bulk to the food.

    Recently there was a case of melamine being found in milk powder that had been produced under the much stricter human food production standards. This leads me to think that it’s only a matter of time before there’s another contaminated batch of dog food released, and I certainly don’t want to have my puppy suffer as a result of not taking action. We now need to be aware of how safe the food we are feeding to our dog is, not just if it has the right nutrition in it.

    Now we have to have a look at the actual nutritional value of your dog food. More and more it’s becoming accepted practice to bulk out dog food with rice and corn proteins. These proteins are an unusable by product of the human food industry, until someone realised that they would fall under the definition of protein and could therefore be added to dog food. While plant proteins are fine, there just isn’t a lot of nutrition for a dog. Even if they were whole proteins rather than the highly processed ones that are added, a very small amount would be sufficient for a dogs diet. However, there is all to often more plant protein than animal. This isn’t going to help your Dachshund stay healthy and free of disease.

    These days fish protein is being hailed as a great source of nutrients, which may be true. But, along with that protein comes a carcinogenic preservative which has also been linked to severe allergies. So be wary of fish meal in your dog food

    This is just the start of what could be going into the food that your Dachshund is eating every day. By learning about dog health food you could add years of life to your best friend. If you make it yourself you will know exactly what is in your dog’s food, and best of all it’s great fun.

    How would you feel if your dog died at a young age and it was completely preventable? We need to know what goes into the food that we feed our dogs and if it’s making them sick. Our dog health food newsletter is chock full of tips for healthy eating, delicious recipes and information about what really goes into commercial dog food. Click here to subscribe

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    Seven Factors to Keep in Mind When Adopting a Small Dog Pet

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

    There are many factors that come in to play while picking the right dog for you. An adorable face isn’t the only quality you should look for. Although an adorable face does go a long way, you should also take into consideration a number of other important points. Here we have laid out a short description of each point you should take into consideration when picking that perfect addition to your family.

    After familiarizing yourself with these important factors, check out our links to some of the most popular small dog pets. We have provided details for each dog in every category discussed below. Also, please remember to visit us again in the future as we are always adding new small dog pets!

    Size
    Seeing that this is a small dog website you probably already have a small dog breed in mind. In that case it is just a question of how small you want to go. To fall into the small dog category a fully grown breed should generally weigh around twenty pounds and reach around fifteen inches in height. Some small dogs, such as the Chihuahua, weigh as little as six pounds, while the biggest of the small dog breeds can weigh in at around twenty-five pounds.

    What you will want to take into consideration is how much weight you will be able to handle. Will you be carrying the dog with you at most times, or will you lead it on a leash? Will it sleep in the bed with you, or will you have a bed or house for it? These are questions that you will want to ask yourself.

    Grooming and Maintenance

    How much effort you have to put into a dogs grooming and maintenance may effect your decision picking out a small dog pet as they are all very different in this aspect. Some small dog pets may require a daily brushing regimen, while others may only require occasional coat maintenance. Some may need to have their ears, eyes, teeth, etc. checked or cleaned more regularly than others. It all depends on the breed and type of each small dog pet.

    Maintenance also includes the amount of exercise the small dog pet gets. The amount of exercise a small dog gets will highly effect its overall health and well being. Some small dog pets require daily walks with plenty of romping around in an open space, while others are happy to have a short walk and play around a bit indoors. Each breed is different. Remember to keep the size of your home and property in mind while adopting a small dog pet.

    Shedding

    This is kind of a no-brainer. Long haired breeds are in most cases going to shed more than short haired breeds. Long hair will also be more noticeable on floors and clothing. Your short haired breeds will not shed as much, but their fur will not be as noticeable once it is shed. If you don’t mind cleaning up after your pet pretty regularly and you like the look of a long haired dog, then by all means get yourself one. If you want a smooth haired pet that doesn’t require a lot of clean up then your shorter haired dogs will probably be a better fit. Also take into consideration that each particular breed, regardless of their hair length, sheds differently, so research each one so you know what you are getting yourself into.

    Allergies

    Dander, not hair, triggers allergies. All dogs have dander. Dander are dead skin flakes that fall off the dog and get distributed on the floor, furniture, clothing, and in the air. When the dander is breathed in or makes contact with the eyes and allergic reaction can be triggered. Whether a reaction is triggered depends mostly on the allergies of each individual.

    If you are allergic to dog dander then it is suggested that you research each breed in regards to the amount of dander they distribute. The smaller the dog, the less skin they will have and the less dander they will be able to produce. Also, dogs that shed less hair will most likely shed less dander, so this falls somewhat into the shedding category.

    Be sure to spend a fair amount of time with the dog you have chosen before taking it home. This way you will know if any allergies are triggered by the particular small dog pet.

    Temperament and Trainability

    All dogs and breeds behave differently. The way a particular dog behaves usually depends heavily on how it is treated by its master, how it is trained, and what kind of environment it lives in. Whether you want a companion, a watchdog, a guard dog, a dog that is great with children, etc. will affect your decision in adopting a small dog pet.

    Fortunately all small breeds can be taught commands, though some take much longer than others. If you don’t mind spending a lot of time or money training your dog then this will not be a huge factor in picking out a small dog pet. If you want a dog that will be trained very quickly then you should take this into consideration when researching each dog.

    Most small dog pets are susceptible to developing “Small Dog Syndrome” if not trained and raised properly. Small dog syndrome can lead to behavioral problems such as separation anxiety and aggressive behavior.This can happen when the dog’s master is not clearly defined as the pack leader. Rules for the small dog pet must be clear and enforced. Small dog pets should not get away with behavior that a normal sized dog would not. This is avoidable with proper training.

    Watchdog

    Small dog breeds are not going to scare anyone away with their size, but their barks can work as an effective alert system if anyone comes nosing around your property. Every breed is different in their reaction to someone on their territory. Again, this will depend on personal preference. Do you want a dog that is sensitive to strangers and barks at any and everything or do you want a dog that simply growls or yips at a stranger? You’d be surprised but some small dog pets also make decent guard dogs as well!

    Health Issues

    Every small dog pet has a different life expectancy. Also, every small dog pet is susceptible to different health problems. Just because a small dog pet is susceptible to certain health problems does not mean that it is guaranteed to suffer them. Some health problems are avoidable through proper care, such as proper feeding and allowing the small dog pet to get plenty of exercise. Like humans, small dog pets can not avoid every health problem. Sometimes it just comes down to luck.

    Ryan Ferguson is a small dog enthusiast. For more information on some of the most popular small dog pet breeds check out his website at [http://www.smalldogpets.com]

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