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4 "musts" when caring for your puppy

Small dogs are easy to care for. Having said that, there are certain points that you need to be made aware of when looking after a small dog.  If you look at the daily dog care schedules, you would also notice several adaptations that have been made to them.

What you need to feed them: You must consider the size of the food you buy them from the grocery store as they won't be able to eat the normal type of food ordinarily purchased for a regular size pooch. When purchasing kibble for example, you must take into consideration the size of their jaw such that a smaller kibble might be required and you may not find in just any store. Fortunately, canned food should not be a problem and will definitely be easier to buy.

How to contain them: All dogs need exercise and a safe place to potty outdoors, and a fenced-in yard provides all the security they need. Smaller dogs are much more nimble that larger dogs and what might be a secure environment for one is not necessarily so secure for the other. It is also important to remember that fences can not provide top protection where you might find hawks eyeing your tiny pet as they are known to come down fast and sweep away miniature dogs and puppies. A simple answer to this problem is to construct an enclosed play area which should stop this from happening.

Dog training: While the training methodologies may be the same for large as well as tiny and are not any harder, canine experts confirm that more often than not, the smaller counterparts are usually over-mothered. Although your pet might indeed fit into your pocket (and some breeds can), they still see the world in relation to pack mentality and someone has to be the leader so if you are weak, they will govern you. One of the most important aspects of training is that the dog must imperatively be house trained even if the mess seems insignificant. Dogs are naturally working creatures with many types bred purely for this function so this should also refer to your pet too. for a small reward or treat.

Grooming: Keep in mind that grooming a small dog is slightly different to larger ones and you should plan for this. These diminutive pets usually require more frequent nail trimming than larger dogs, because they typically spend less time on rough surfaces wearing them down. If you want to ensure they have healthy teeth and gums you will have to brush them at least a couple of times each week as their main diet will consist of soft food from a can.

In summary, the above makes it clear that it does not matter whether you are taking care of a small dog or a large dog the methods are pretty much the same. The differences between each dog, may look minor and insignificant, but when you pay extra attention to each aspect, it can provide helpful answers to a dog's specific requirements.

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