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Dr. Carol Grant: Family Dog Training

Mr. Gus:

Welsh Cardigan Corgi rescue. 12lbs of muscle. 11 years wise. Emotional Service Dog. Adores kids; everyone's buddy. Perpetually happy!


A Bone of Contention:

Small Dog Syndrome




Hey Fur-Buddy Families!

As a member of the small dog population, I get asked why we seem to growl, bark, and bite more than our larger buddies. I had to really think about whether or not that was a fair question!


However, I do have to admit when there is a disturbance that captures my attention, a smaller dog is often the instigator. Also, being one of those lucky dogs that hikes in the desert, plays training games, and goes to outdoor coffee shops, I have noticed a larger dog will more often ignore me in passing; but a smaller dog will shatter my peace with futile barking and leash jerking for no apparent reason. Although I am fluent in multi-breed CBL (Canine Body Language), those non-verbals are a nonsensical jumble!

I looked into this “Small Dog Syndrome” and it seems, in general, we have lower levels of strenuous activity time with our owners than bigger dogs have with theirs. Dr. Stanley Coren thinks our frenetic energy is because we don’t get as much training and exercise with our owners as the big dogs do. I happen think getting carried around more and being continually plopped onto laps doesn't help. I know we are cute and cuddly; but, personally think it would help if owners treated us more like big dogs—down with the vigorous cuddling and up with leash walks, training games, and treat puzzles!

Dr. Coren seems to think Small Dog Syndrome has more to do with owner and dog interaction than inescapable genetics. Check out
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201507/behavior-differences- between-smaller-and-larger-dogs and let me know what you think!

In closing remember:

No matter your size, Think Big and Live Large!