Toy Breeds | SpiritDog Academy

Toy Breeds

Toy breeds include dogs such as:

  • Papillon
  • Pug
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese Crested
  • Pekingese
  • Shih Tzu
  • Pomeranian
  • Maltese
  • Toy Poodles

And their mixes, such as the Maltipoo, Cavapoo, Shichon etc.

The most important lesson for toy breeds is: Treat your puppy like the DOG (s)he is!

It is so tempting to always carry and coddle a tiny dog (I have one myself, I know it first-hand). I have worked with so many owners who did not provide enough socialization, training, exercise to their small dog because the pup seemed more like a cuddly fluff ball than a dog.

I can guarantee that every minute of training you don’t do now that your dog is young, will result in 10x the amount of training later on, when you have to undo poor and ingrained behaviors.

So – for the purpose of training, socialization and exercise; assume your little dog is actually a really big one.

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