Your Toy Puppy

Toy puppies acclimate easily to most living spaces.

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Most of the toy breeds were developed from the other major dog groups, their behaviors similar to the breeds from which they were derived. Toys acclimate easily to any living space and, due to their small size, do not require much space to receive proper exercise. Most of these breeds have house-training problems; however, this is due more to their being spoiled than to their own stubbornness, although that can be part of the problem. If not trained, toy breeds tend to bark excessively and are easily aggravated if they don't get what they want.

These dogs may be itty-bitty as pups, but they are still highly capable of learning everything taught to a larger-breed puppy. In fact, toys learn quickly, and they thoroughly enjoy the training interaction. A trained toy dog is an incredible companion. One of the many jobs available to a trained toy dog is therapy work. The size of the dog makes him very portable and appealing.

Reprinted from Training Your Puppy in 5 Minutes © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.


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Sonya   Canton, OH

7/20/2011 7:49:28 AM

I have a Chihuahua mix dog I do not know what he is mixed with I adopted himfrom the humane society and they dont know anyway this dogs seems to bite at you alot and gets aggrevated very easily is this normal.

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Janet   Bethlehem, PA

3/20/2011 5:10:59 AM

good article, thanks

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3/15/2011 12:16:04 AM

I have recently gotton a Shih Tzu, he is pretty good, great companion, however,The house trainin is a tough one, I put him out back to potty and leave him out there for about 20 minutes, within the 20 minutes he is at the door barkin and wining to come back in, within a few minutes after commin in he otties, what am I doin wrong? also how can I get him to stop his barkin when I put him out, we have a big fensed in yard, so there is plenty of room to roam and play, he goes out with my other dog, a chihuahua, can anyone give me sugestions, for either of my problems?

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Cheral Powll   Waverly, NE

8/14/2010 3:03:56 PM

My 4mo old shihtzu/pek mixed toy is quite the little stinker! He thinks he rules over all my other older dogs(golden,chow,lab)...we are currently housetraining which is a real chore!I am going to purchase Cesar Millan book on puppy training to give me some good insite on it! Glad to be a new mommy but boy what a 24/7 job!

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