Every dog needs to be trained. You may think that because your dog is small, they don’t need to be trained since they are easier to pick up, scoop up, and move around. If a dog is trained, they will stop barking when you tell them to. If your small dog is not trained, don’t worry, because you can still train them as small dogs are fast learners!
When Marley, my parents’ dog, sits by the window, he barks uncontrollably when he sees other people or dogs pass by. He does this to let my parents’ know that someone “bigger” than him is outside. Next time your dog barks at the window or at the door, walk towards the window and look outside and then tell your dog to stop barking. He will see that if you are not afraid, there is no reason for him to be afraid either. It is good to reward them when they stop barking with a treat.
Small dogs need to spend time with people and other dogs. Just because they are small, that doesn’t mean they need to be alone all the time. By socializing with others, they will bark less as they will feel less scared. The more they engage with bigger dogs and people, the more comfortable they will feel around them and chances are, they will stop barking so often.
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A water bottle is your new BFF
You can train your dog to reduce their barking by using positive and negative reinforcement. Praise them when they don’t bark at a particular trigger. If you want them to stop barking, tell them to stop or squirt some water at their face. When they stop, reward him for being quiet.
Loneliness doesn’t breed silence
Don’t leave your dog alone and without any toys for a long period of time. They will get bored, feel lonely, and may turn aggressive.
Dogs are active. Set up a routine with your dog so he knows at a particular time of the day you will go for a nice walk with him.