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02-10-2014 02:59 AM
Wetdog I really liked my Smooth Fox Terriers. They can be challenging---mainly because they are so extremely smart and energetic. They can be out the door and three miles down the road before you can even get your hat on.

And their minds work just as fast as their legs.

They are excellent at agility which requires just as much training as it does physical ability. So are Shelties.

The size of the dog makes no difference for training.

It seems to me that what you are really complaining about is owners who do not train their dogs to behave. You'll find just as many of those with large dogs as small dogs-----although I think it is more common for small dog owners to make excuses for themselves.

02-09-2014 10:40 PM
lcsparrow70 I have a Cavelier Spaniel, and she is quite well behaved. She knows to stay, sit, lay down, heel, come, up, down, and a few tricks. She also responds to go home and can handle taking commands from a distance. She does well on and off the leash. I also have a large dog, Standard Poodle, who is well trained in obedience. I can walk both of them down the street without issue. As a matter of fact, there is a woman in my neighborhood who walks three very large dogs - Yellow Lab and two mastiff type breeds/mixes. They pull her down the road and the lab is off leash. My girls walk right through the chaos without adding to it and have actually helped her with her dogs by not reacting to their behavior. Additionally, my neighborhood is like a dog park. The girls love going out in the front yard because there are always dogs wondering the neighborhood who belong to my neighbors. There are two miniature Schnauzers, Labradoodle,a mix breed, and many others. My girls love it! They play with the dogs and when I say, "Go inside" they stop what they are doing and immediately go inside. As for the large dog bowling over the little dog, yes my Poodle runs over my little dog sometimes but she doesn't get hurt (believe me my Cavi would let me know if she did since she's not a tough dog). We will be adding a GSD to the mix and hope she will be as well rounded and comfortable as my current dogs.
02-09-2014 09:17 PM
Originally Posted by Mikelia View Post
I could not help but share this video :P

Claudia Romard & Mr. Murphy - YouTube
(sorry, I don't know how to imbed them)

His performance may not be worth a perfect score, but that is one highly trained small dog
I am a groomer and manage a pet retail store and I know quite a few really nice small dogs, it all depends on how much work the owner puts into the dog and how much they treat their pet like a 'dog' and not a 'little human'. I also know quite a few badly behaved large dogs whose owners treat them like a little human as well though - it all just depends on the owner.

Edit - apparently just putting the link will imbed it haha, who knew.
Oh my gosh he's so freaking cute!! I mean terrifying I love his "bark and hold" lol
02-09-2014 02:24 PM
jetdog LARHAGE, I agree 100%. I have 4 GSDs and 2 toy poodles. My dogs all get along, no issues. The poodles are well-trained, as are the GSDs.
But do you know how many times larger dogs run up full speed and just bowl a smaller breed right over? It seems like it happens every day at our dog park, and then when the littler dog comes up growling or snapping to get some space the large breed owner tends to say something like "Oh, my dog just wants to play, he's friendly, honest! Why is yours such a brat?" Just one reason I don't take my poodles to our dog park anymore and haven't for years.
I'd hate to have one of my poodles get smooshed by an overly hyper untrained 100+ lb. Lab while the owner's busy yelling from a distance "Don't worry, he just wants to play!" Same for me, do you have any idea how many times the same dog comes up and leaps all over me, or the friends I'm with? Happens almost every time. 80-100 lbs. hitting you at warp speed really hurts!
Unfortunately, untrained dogs come in all shapes and sizes!
02-08-2014 11:54 PM
LARHAGE I've run into just as many idiot big dogs with my small dogs, stupid owners think it's funny letting their big ugly stupid lugs get into my little terriers faces than get offended when the terriers snap at them to get the **** out of their face, believe me , small dogs and their owners don't have the stupidity market cornered, it's a two way street!!!!!
02-08-2014 11:41 PM
Stevenzachsmom AW, my little guy is a mix - not tiny, but small. He is probably beagle and JRT (and other stuff.) He is awesome. He knows all his commands and tons of tricks. Best of all, he LOVES all other dogs - big small, male, female. He gets along with everybody.
02-08-2014 11:15 PM
Originally Posted by erfunhouse View Post
I've never seen a well behaved small dog. Everyone in the family had been bitten by the neighbors malti-whatever.

Metro 10/2005-5/2013
Sabo 3/2013-now
Kia 1/2014- now
Two words...Pepper Spray!
02-08-2014 09:46 PM
Lucy Dog
Originally Posted by erfunhouse View Post
I've never seen a well behaved small dog. Everyone in the family had been bitten by the neighbors malti-whatever.

Metro 10/2005-5/2013
Sabo 3/2013-now
Kia 1/2014- now
I find that pretty hard to believe. You've never seen one well behaved small dog ever? I've owned a few little dogs in my lifetime and all of them were just as well behaved as my bigger dogs.

I've seen a lot of little yappy dogs, but I've also seen a lot of pretty poorly trained and behaved big dogs too. I actually find the big dogs to be worse than the little ones. At least the poorly behaved little ones are easier to control. You get an out of control big dog running at you and there's going to be problems.
02-08-2014 09:22 PM
erfunhouse I've never seen a well behaved small dog. Everyone in the family had been bitten by the neighbors malti-whatever.

Metro 10/2005-5/2013
Sabo 3/2013-now
Kia 1/2014- now
02-08-2014 08:48 PM
Kaimeju The small dogs that live in our neighborhood are treated like cats and allowed to roam. It drives me insane.

I have a coworker who has two pugs. She is an interesting character. She used to have a Doberman that was trained in competitive obedience and she was very good at handling him, apparently. But her pugs are completely out of control. She kind of shrugs it off and says she is a "different kind of dog owner now." I actually like her pugs and think they are cute. It does seem that people often adopt small dogs precisely because they think it abdicates them of certain responsibilities.

I have seen an awful lot of small dogs that seem downright neurotic, probably due to neglect and not their size.
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