Small Dog Health Tips

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#1

A HEALTHY DOG IS A MIGHTY® DOG

Despite their small stature, Mighty Dogs can have Mighty Appetites. And as we know, many small-dog owners like to share people food with their dogs. There are many foods that shouldn’t be shared, and in general, it’s best to avoid people food all together – especially some examples including chocolate, coffee, grapes and mushrooms, just to name a few. So keep those things off the menu and help keep your Mighty dog, well Mighty.
#2

AN ACTIVE SMALL DOG IS A HEALTHY SMALL DOG

Chances are your Mighty® little dog has more energy than you do. And if left un-indulged, that energy can show up in some unpleasant ways (like a chewed-up pair of shoes or mangled remote control). But it’s easy as playing a daily game of fetch or going for a jog to help satisfy your small dog’s Mighty desire to be active. Plus it helps your Mighty friend stay healthy.
#3

KEEPING YOUR MIGHTY® DOG COOL

Even though small dogs dissipate heat much faster than their larger cousins, they can still be susceptible to heatstroke. So if your small dog has a Mighty® appetite for the outdoor fun in the summer, always keep plenty of shade and water (for drinking and splashing) to help keep him or her cool. Plus a bit of water can even make playtime more fun for your Mighty little pal. But remember, you should also limit the amount of time your small dog spends outside in extreme heat conditions.
#4

PREVENTING HEARTWORM

Preventing heartworm disease is more affordable and safe for your dog than treating the disease once it’s taken hold. Luckily for most dogs, prevention is as simple as giving your dog one heartworm pill a month. So mark your calendars and make it part of your routine so your Mighty® little dog can keep being Mighty.
#5

PICKING THE RIGHT BED

When shopping for a dog bed, remember that one size does not fit all. When they sleep, most small dogs like to burrow in and then get nice and cozy. So, according to ehow.com, the best choice for small dogs is small, round, pillow-type beds. These types of beds come in a variety of colors and materials to match any décor.
#6

TEACHING YOUR DOG HOW TO “SIT”

Playtime is the perfect time to teach your Mighty® dog a new trick or two. It’s fun for the dog, and its great exercise for her active little body and brain. Teaching your Mighty Dog to sit is easy. Hold a treat directly above the dog’s head. Her eyes will follow the food, the head will tilt back and the hind legs will begin to bend, causing the dog to sit naturally. At this point, give the command “sit.” When successful, immediately offer up a bit of well-deserved praise and a treat for this Mighty little feat.
#7

TEACHING YOUR DOG HOW TO “SHAKE”

Once you and your Mighty® small dog have mastered the “sit” command, shaking is easy. Give the sit command, but withhold the praise and treat this time. Then gently lift your pal’s paw, give the command “shake” and follow it up with the praise and treat. Continue this routine until the command is mastered and your small dog has another Mighty trick to add to his or her repertoire.
#8

THE BENEFITS OF ROUTINE

There’s almost nothing a Mighty® small dog loves more than a routine. Eating at the same time every day, knowing when to expect you home and sleeping in the same place at night are things that make dogs feel comfortable and at ease. They also help prevent the destructive tendencies that may occur when a dog is feeling stressed. And the best part? Routine is absolutely free for you and your small dog.
#9

BEGGING AT THE TABLE

It’s always fun to teach your Mighty® dog a new trick, but sometimes he needs to be taught what not to do. Like begging. If your small dog likes to display his Mighty attitude by begging at the table, simply ignore him. If you do not look at your dog, talk to him or reward for the behavior, it will most likely stop. This is the easiest way to teach your Mighty dog that his place at home is NOT at the table.
#10

RUNNING WITH YOUR DOG

If you want to run with your Mighty® dog on a leash, the most important thing to remember is to start slow. Just like humans, dogs need time to get in shape. Start by walking and gradually increase your speed or distance. After a bit of time, you’ll have a Mighty training partner. Just keep in mind some small breeds may not be suitable for running partners so ask your Veterinarian if you aren’t sure or have any concerns. Click here for more tips on jogging and exercising with your dog: http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_JogDog.php
#11

TRAINING WITH A LEASH

When leash-training your small dog, if the dog pulls, simply stop walking. When you’re dog looks up, say “walk” and give a food reward and/or verbal praise. Also practice interacting with your dog while walking and switching directions often so your dog pays attention. You can then reward the dog for paying attention and walking without pulling. Though small dogs have strong neck muscles, pulling a leash from the back can easily cause throat contusions. Share this tip with your small dog-walking friends.
#12

PICKING AN OBEDIENCE SCHOOL

www.Dogster.com recommends that you do your research before enrolling your small dog into an obedience school. Ask questions about the methods employed by various local trainers. Also, ask for veterinary, client and colleague references. Inquire about education and experience and don’t feel guilty for being selective. You are interviewing each of them for a job, and your small dog’s behavioral health is at stake.