Why Small Dogs Get Into Trouble


Question of the Week and more top tips from Dogs In Action, Hallett.


occupied dogs

Tip of the Week….Keep your dog occupied

As you’ve read this week we’ve been banging on about how dogs find themselves in trouble. So many people bring a dog home and think it will be happy to sleep all day, eat and maybe go for a 15min walk. This isn’t enough and the more active the breed, the more it will need.
Dogs without enough to do can become bored and destructive very quickly. If you find it hard to motivate yourself, join a dog group, a walking group or take your dog to a purpose built park where it can run free.
Life from a dog’s point of view.



Olly’s Update

Hi guys I’m back, just couldn’t wait to share the latest. I’ve gone from Mr. Untouchable to Mr. Trustworthy. New skill for this week is a sit stay with no-one holding the lead, am I good or what.
So my owners made a little agility course with stuff from around the house, now I’m allowed to jump by myself.
This is so cool, I can’t tell you how much fun I’m having.
What’s next, talk soon.


working dog

A Dog Doing What It Was Bred to Do

This is a stunning pic by Shadow’s Farm Photography at the Casterton Kelpie Muster.

Imagine the concentration and the incredible energy levels these dogs have to work like this, coupled with the great training they are a joy to behold.

So what happens to the dogs that don’t make the cut? If they’re lucky they find good homes with families, but often they find it hard because families don’t realise how much exercise they realistically need.

These dogs are the best and so smart, very trainable and rewarding if you have the time and the energy.



my dog chews everything

Question of the Week…….. My Dog Chews Everything, what do I do?

I’ve been asked this a lot lately, so I thought I’d post an answer for all those trying to deal with this.

Above all, don’t yell at the dog, this is a management problem.

Whether your dog is teething, anxious or bored the answer is pretty much the same. You have to give the dog a different outlet, ask yourself if the dog gets enough exercise, or is it left alone for too long with nothing to do. One of their first outlets is chewing, you can use Vicks VapoRub as a deterrent, but the problem needs to be addressed or it will get worse.

Make sure your dog gets sufficient exercise, play with your dog, do some training, these things provide an outlet for pent up energy.

Give your dog its own specified chew toys, so important for pups and start this very young so the dog learns which things are okay to chew.

Dogs left locked up all day; especially working breeds; will get frustrated and resort to destructive behaviour.




Why Small Dogs Get Into Trouble…………….

These three photos show different ideas of how people see their dogs.

The truth is that small dogs are often treated more like stuffed toys or fashion accessories.

A dog is a dog no matter it’s size and needs to do dog stuff, like socialising or running for the sheer joy of it.

These dogs often miss out on a basic education; owners don’t think they need it; only the haven’t the skills when things go wrong.

A dog may be small, but is still a dog in need of the same basic training as a larger dog. If unsure, get help.


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