Small dogs should be trained just like their large counterparts - here is Mali showing us how it can be done.Mali is a Pomeranian - a breed I hold near and dear to my heart.
As a little kid - I used to take care of a poneranian for an elderly woman who lived in our building who couldn’t get out to walk her very much. She eventually gave me the dog - but that didnt last very long as I returned home from pre school one day to find my parents gave her away. Call it arrested development - but I have always had a soft spot for the breed since that day as a 5 year old kid when returned home to find I no longer had my little best buddy.
On to Mali - she is full of challenges for her owner - a lot of it is centered around mali not being able to contain herself when she is excited - so most of our training has been centered around getting her amped up and forcing her to learn to manage her emotions.
Here she is working on her heel and place commands and doing great despite the high level of excitement I am throwing at her.
Like many dogs that I work with - Mali has already had some formal traiing but as her owner found out - it simply was not enough. The level and quality of the training left her wanting more from her dog. I am glad she sought me out becasue it has been a great to train Mali.
Milo is a great example of what can be done with little dogs in training.He is full of character and is showing it off here - working both on and off leash after only a week of training.
I love how he bounces up and down in his heel - showing how happy he is to be working.It is very interesting to note that up until a week ago Milo would not want to go out for a walk and hated being out on a leash. Now he can heel both with and without a leash!
Look for more videos of Milo and other little dogs at work - coming soon!
They absorb information quickly and tend to retain well - given the right instruction.Take Amber as an example - here she is after one week of training and she is fully trained on and off leash. A couple of clips here demonstrate some of what she has learned.
Going for a stroll with your dog is much easier when these commands are firmly in place.
Amber is trained to respond both with and without a leash - this makes living with her much easier and much safer for everyone.
Especially at dinner time or when you just need your dog to settle down in one spot for a while.Amber is happy to demonstrate this one since she is always tired at the end of of a training session.
Frankioe can get caught up playing too rough with other dogs & his owners wanted to be able to control that. You can see when Nick tells him “that’s enough” as he is latching onto the big black dog - he stops instantly.This video was filmed less than 2 weeks after he started training with Nick. In fact Nick had Frankie off leash with his owner from Day 2 - and in her words she could not believe it!Watch frankie work off leash around all the other dogs - tail wagging - ready to play - but very focused and enjoying his work!
Here's nice follow up video sent by Alycia - showing how she is doing with Baylor. She is heeling him off leash in downtown Montreal - around lots of people and traffic - clearly she trusts her dog and his training - as well as her handling skills.I trained Baylor for Alycia - in two weeks and then taught her how to handle Baylor in one lessons working together.Videos like this make my day - it is nice to see someone out there working with their dog and making the most out of their training, time and relationship!
Here;s Finn - a 5 month old Havanese puppy showing off how amazing a 5 month old pup can be!