2020 6 Ways to Help Your Small Dog Live Large

 

Chances are your little buddy has a big personality. And just because your loyal companion is short in stature doesn’t mean they need to miss out on any of life’s adventures. Here are six of our favorite ways to help your small dog live mightily:

1. Take Them to Work
If you’re lucky enough to work for a dog-friendly company, then take your small dog into the office with you! Not only are they easy to transport, they’ll bask in the attention from your coworkers and you’ll always be able to find someone to dog-sit for you if you have an important meeting. (Plus, your pup will keep your lap warm while you use your laptop, which is a definite workplace perk.) And keep in mind that bringing your dog into work has been scientifically proven to reduce your stress, boost your productivity and make you a happier employee.

2. Travel with Them
Small dogs make awesome travel companions. So whether you’re taking a plane, train or automobile, take your bestie with you. They’re portable, will love the new experiences and you’ll love the company. Check out our tips for traveling with a small dog to help them stay comfortable and safe throughout the trip.

3. Hit the Dog Park
Dog parks are perfect for letting your four-legged friend run around and have a ball! We suggest sticking to a park that has separate play areas for large and small pets. That way, neither of you has to worry about a larger dog getting too friendly or coming on too strong. Instead, you’ll just feel great knowing your small dog is exercising, socializing with lots of different dogs and having fun in a safe environment.

4. Head Out for a Hike
Who says only big dogs like to go for hikes? Not us! We know that small dogs are just as adventuresome and athletic as larger dogs. So take your pal to a national park or forest, or to a state park with dog-friendly trails. These locations are great for both simple day hikes or longer camping trips. Trust us, both you and your companion will benefit from the exercise and fresh air as you explore Mother Nature together.

5. Snap and Share Online!
Who can resist a petite pooch in their social feed? Grab your phone and share pics of your “little star” with your friends, family and followers. Whether it’s dressing up your dog in the world’s cutest Halloween costume or showing off their adorable snuggle mode, have fun sharing. Who knows, your dog could even become the next social media darling!

6. Give Them Big Nutrition
Even though your dog is small, they need food and treats carefully crafted to give them all the energy and nourishment they need to thrive. PEDIGREE® Small Dog products do just that — and they taste great, too. They also keep your pup’s immune system strong, their coat and digestive system healthy, and their teeth clean.

Here’s to living life to the fullest with your small-but-mighty sidekick!

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Explore America’s top dog-friendly destinations! 2020

The U.S. is full of hidden gems for you and your dog to explore. From national parks to dog-friendly cities, check out these top destinations for your next big adventure with your little guy.

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Get out of the city and head to the beach where you’ll find miles of dog-friendly coastline to enjoy. Once you’ve had enough of surf and sand, head into Portland together for a pint at the Lucky Labrador Brewing Company.

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Soak in the wonder and fun as you and your best friend wander through Garden of the Gods, Manitou Cliff Dwelling and the Cripple Creek District Museum. For an added adventure, travel up to Boulder and hike the Flatirons Vista Loop or the South Boulder Peak Trail.

Austin, Texas

With so many dog-friendly bars, restaurants and parks, Austin is one of the top dog-friendly cities in the U.S. Check out local concerts, events, or even take yoga classes with your pup! Don’t miss the Barton Creek Greenbelt and Zilker Metropolitan Park for the perfect afternoon with your bestie!

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Head to the Smokies for an East Tennessee trip you’ll never forget. Many vacation properties and hotels are dog friendly here. You can even bring your pup on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift to get to the top of the mountain and head out on trails that stretch through the forests.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Dogs who love the great outdoors will love Acadia National Park. Here, you’ll find miles of trails suitable for a wide range of skill levels depending on whether your pup is an expert or novice hiker. When you’re ready for a break, head over to the town of Bar Harbor and check out one of the many dog-friendly beaches around.https://www.pedigree.com/dog-care/training/top-dog-friendly-destinations

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10 Best Training Tips 2020

Ok, he’s finally home. Training needs to begin immediately, considering the new pattern on the rug, not to mention the dog’s breakfast he’s made of your new Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals. But where should you start?

Whether you train your new puppy or dog yourself, take classes, or hire a private trainer, some basic training tips should be tackled right out of the gate. These top 10 tips from professional dog trainers at the top of their game will help get you going.

Aside: When your puppy is old enough, think about getting him or her neutered or spayed, likewise if you adopt a dog. A neutered or spayed dog is more docile, less aggressive, and may be more open to successful training.

Top 10 training tips

  1. Choose your dog’s name wisely and be respectful of it. Of course you’ll want to pick a name for your new puppy or dog that you love, but for the purposes of training it also helps to consider a short name ending with a strong consonant. This allows you to say his name so that he can always hear it clearly. A strong ending (i.e. Jasper, Jack, Ginger) perks up puppy ears—especially when you place a strong emphasize at the end.If he’s an older dog, he’s probably used to his name; however, changing it isn’t out of the question. If he’s from a shelter, they may neglect to tell you that he has a temporary name assigned to him by staff. If he’s from a breeder, he’ll come to you with a long name, which you may want to shorten, or change. And if he’s coming out of an abusive situation, a new name may represent a fresh start. But we’re lucky: dogs are extremely adaptable. And soon enough, if you use it consistently, he will respond to his new name.New name or old, as much as possible, associate it with pleasant, fun things, rather than negative. The goal is for him to think of his name the same way he thinks of other great stuff in his life, like “walk,” “cookie,” or “dinner!”
  2. Decide on the “house rules.” Before he comes home, decide what he can and can’t do. Is he allowed on the bed or the furniture? Are parts of the house off limits? Will he have his own chair at your dining table? If the rules are settled on early, you can avoid confusion for both of you.
  3. Set up his private den. He needs “a room of his own.” From the earliest possible moment give your pup or dog his own, private sleeping place that’s not used by anyone else in the family, or another pet. He’ll benefit from short periods left alone in the comfort and safety of his den. Reward him if he remains relaxed and quiet. His den, which is often a crate, will also be a valuable tool for housetraining.
  4. Help him relax when he comes home. When your puppy gets home, give him a warm hot water bottle and put a ticking clock near his sleeping area. This imitates the heat and heartbeat of his litter mates and will soothe him in his new environment. This may be even more important for a new dog from a busy, loud shelter who’s had a rough time early on. Whatever you can do to help him get comfortable in his new home will be good for both of you.
  5. Teach him to come when called. Come Jasper! Good boy! Teaching him to come is the command to be mastered first and foremost. And since he’ll be coming to you, your alpha status will be reinforced. Get on his level and tell him to come using his name. When he does, make a big deal using positive reinforcement. Then try it when he’s busy with something interesting. You’ll really see the benefits of perfecting this command early as he gets older.
  6. Reward his good behavior. Reward your puppy or dog’s good behavior with positive reinforcement. Use treats, toys, love, or heaps of praise. Let him know when’s he’s getting it right. Likewise, never reward bad behaviour; it’ll only confuse him.
  7. Take care of the jump up. Puppies love to jump up in greeting. Don’t reprimand him, just ignore his behavior and wait ’til he settles down before giving positive reinforcement. Never encourage jumping behavior by patting or praising your dog when he’s in a “jumping up” position. Turn your back on him and pay him no attention.
  8. Teach him on “dog time.” Puppies and dogs live in the moment. Two minutes after they’ve done something, it’s forgotten about. When he’s doing something bad, try your chosen training technique right away so he has a chance to make the association between the behavior and the correction. Consistent repetition will reinforce what’s he’s learned.
  9. Discourage him from biting or nipping. Instead of scolding him, a great way to put off your mouthy canine is to pretend that you’re in great pain when he’s biting or nipping you. He’ll be so surprised he’s likely to stop immediately. If this doesn’t work, try trading a chew toy for your hand or pant leg. The swap trick also works when he’s into your favorite shoes. He’ll prefer a toy or bone anyway. If all else fails, break up the biting behavior, and then just ignore him.
  10. End training sessions on a positive note. Excellent boy! Good job, Jasper! He’s worked hard to please you throughout the training. Leave him with lots of praise, a treat, some petting, or five minutes of play. This guarantees he’ll show up at his next class with his tail wagging—ready to work! https://www.pedigree.com/dog-care/training/10-best-training-tips
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One of your first quests after you get a puppy shall be how to train a dog. When the initial euphoria paves the way for daily companionship, you will want to find out what is the best way to train your dog. The ultimate objective may vary. Some people want to train their dog to develop special skills. Most people are happy to have their dog learn the basics.

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