Training a small dog can often be just as challenging as training a large dog.
In fact, small dogs tend to be a little more stubborn and less likely to listen right away. When you are working with a small dog, you should approach the training process a little differently however. Consider these three things when training a small dog.
The most important training commands you can teach a small dog are those that will keep them safe. In a world where everything is turning a million miles an hour, you must be able to teach your small dog not to run out in the road or leave the yard. When you give your small dog the knowledge to obey, you will be saving their life. So, be sure the first commands you teach them are those where they will know their boundaries.
Another thing you should remember when you are training a small dog is your attitude and the approach you use. Training a small dog typically requires a little less intimidation overall. This can pertain to the tone of your voice. You may want to use a higher voice when training. In addition, if you act more excited with smaller dogs, they will be more excited to learn. They are much like babies in that respect.
When you are training a small dog, you must not use rewards in the same manner as you would with a big dog. Smaller dogs simply cannot handle the same amount of treats a large dog can. So, you need to get small treats and use them less often. In addition, where you might pat a large dog on the back when they do something good, if you do this to a small dog, they will likely get scared. So, be sure you are not quick to give a small dog a pat.