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03-10-2014 06:13 AM
Maeuselchen Hasenherz I actually am a bit insecure around small dogs...personally I find the expressions of most big dogs are a little easier to read. A lot of the mini tiny dogs are so small that it is more difficult to see and they are so fast that and small that it's more difficult to react appropiate or to block them. I also don't like it when people hold them in their arms because it hides how they stand and can take away some signals they send.
I imagine it to be more difficult for me to train a small dog, because I'd be bit scared to hurt them. I don't hit my dog but I shove him at the side, when he's in the way and hold him in my arms to calm him down...I would also be scared to accidently step on such a little one.

I met pretty cool small dogs though. A JRT-mix which seems to be a lot of fun to work with, our neighbour has a small terrier mix which is very intelligent and learns incredibly fast and I've seen a very relaxed chihuahua recently.

The most terrier breeds are personally not on my must-on-one-day list (which actually pretty short in general). The most I met are very independent and have so much bravery (or recklessness) that it would drive me crazy.
A lot of people forget that they are bred/designed for hunting animals that are often as big or bigger than themselves...they not bred for being nice.
They can be great family dogs, but a lot of them seem to be more little daredevils than couch potatoes.
03-06-2014 04:53 PM
Originally Posted by Galathiel View Post
Yep. .. much better. I like a dark black and tan. Thought about getting a pomeranian that color 'grin'.
Aim to please.
03-06-2014 04:48 PM
Galathiel Yep. .. much better. I like a dark black and tan. Thought about getting a pomeranian that color 'grin'.
03-06-2014 04:07 PM
Originally Posted by Galathiel View Post
Creepy looking animal .. not a canine, though. I'm not into hairless animals myself.
03-06-2014 04:00 PM
Galathiel Creepy looking animal .. not a canine, though. I'm not into hairless animals myself.
03-06-2014 03:18 PM
Originally Posted by Bridget View Post
This thread is really interesting and brings up a lot of good points. I am enjoying it, even though our situation with Ashley is different in so many ways.
I've always had one small dog in my house. All have been through rescue agencies or through a vet practice who recieved the dog to be euthanized. None had any long lasting behavior issues. None were aggressive. Only one had social problems, but she'd just hide when she was scared. She lived the first half of her life in a cage. When she abandoned her first litter of puppies, they brought her in to be euthanized.

The Mini Dachshund I have now is an abused rescue. She still sports one bow legged trophy from where her leg was broken and never set. She wouldn't hurt a fly. The only way she'd hurt you is if you tripped over her waggly body when you came into my house.
03-06-2014 02:35 PM
Bridget This thread is really interesting and brings up a lot of good points. I am enjoying it, even though our situation with Ashley is different in so many ways.

By the way, Ashley is housebroken and has been practically since we took her in. She is very smart. Caught her in the act (lucky) of peeing on the carpet one time and scolded her and she hasn't done it again. We have had her 2 1/2 years. At first she did occasionally go in her room, which is in the basement, but usually it was when we were late arriving home, etc. And coming from a hoarding situation where she never went outside, this is really quite a feat.
03-06-2014 02:27 PM
Originally Posted by Galathiel View Post
I'm not 'defense' .. that's 'defensive' by the way. Just stating my viewpoint. I have both, have had both. I can tell you it's the owners .. not the dog. Even if a small dog is nervy (and who wouldn't be when shrieking children who are still 10x your size come running at you full steam) and unsure, a responsible owner will step in and protect and redirect away from the dog. I like both sizes for different reasons. And plan to always have both.
03-06-2014 12:53 PM
Blanketback I met a very nice Chi in our Therapy Dog group - she was a real sweetie. I know it's wrong of me to make sweeping generalizations, but IME the people who don't train their small dogs live with them and accept their bad behavior as "quirks" and the people who don't train their large dogs might just get fed up with them and dump them. It's so much easier to live with an 8 lb. maniac than if it weighs 80 lbs.

Brembo, that bite looks really nasty, with those deep tooth marks. Can you imagine if a GSD put as much effort into biting you? Yikes!
03-06-2014 11:25 AM
Originally Posted by mchcthrn View Post
I often wonder what would happen to big dogs if a dog 10x their size came up to them and sniffed them? Or if a human 20x their size can up to them to give them a good pat on the head?

As the owner of a well-behaved 15 lb rescue, who has underlying fear and anxiety, I have to say that one of my biggest challenges are idiot big dog owners who see my non-intimidating, friendly looking little dog and they seize the opportunity to "socialize" and allow their dogs to charge us despite my yelling "KEEP YOUR DOG AWAY!". Likewise, I can't tell you how many people come right up to her and invade her personal space all the time. She does not aggress, but if you know her, you can see how uncomfortable she is. I'm also shocked by the amount of visitors that come to my house who immediately pick her up, and they are shocked when I tell them to put her down.

Yes, my GSD is more stable, but I believe that it because I've had him since 8 weeks, he was socialized early, dogs and their owners do not charge him assuming he is friendly, random dog owners do not try to use him to "socialize" their dogs, and strangers usually give him a respectful amount of space, even if they stop to say hello, they don't automatically pet him assuming he's friendly. Because this has been his life experience, he does not feel threatened by people or other dogs. I believe, this respect given by people and dogs has given him a confidence that helps him be dependable in many different situations.

Trust me, there is not much harder than trying to work with an adorable, fluffy, white puppy-looking dog who needs space because people give ZERO space to little dogs.

So, maybe it is a "napoleon complex", but I would guess that many little dogs are just a little more fearful in a world that is inherently more risky to them because of their small size and because of the lack of space and lack of respect we, as a society, tend to give small dogs.

To the alpha roller on this thread, if my 80 lb, adult male GSD bit you, would your next step be to alpha roll/pin him? I doubt it.

Btw, alpha rolling/pinning does NOT improve fear aggression. It may possibly stop the aggression toward you, but you will almost certainly increase the fear/anxiety/aggression problem overall by reaffirming to the dog that people are not to be trusted.
This is a great point. My little dog has been accidently stepped on, and has also been trampled by other bigger dogs. I always get irritated with him thinking he is a brat, but I'm sure some of his behavior is fear.
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