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My dog behaviour blog is all about dogs and owners I have helped and dog related items in the news.

Badly behaved small dogs

I am inundated with Dachshunds at the moment, they are suddenly descending in their droves needing help to find balance and understanding.

That is not unique to Dachshunds at all but they do seem to be causing some problems, including fighting with each other so much one has slipped a disc and after surgery has to have eight weeks cage rest!

Small dogs get away with much more that big dogs because they are smaller and do not pose as much of a problem as a big dog. If a Dachshund pulls on a lead it is very different to a German shepherd pulling on a lead, it is much easier to handle so small dogs get away with more and they are subjected to a great deal more intense attention that big dogs.

Small dogs are picked up, carried, cuddled and are generally bothered a lot more than bigger dogs.


This is one of the reasons small dogs can be some of the worst behaved, because they are smothered with attention and they can find this frustrating and annoying.

Small dogs don't always have their space respected, by the people they live with and the people they meet when out and about. To small dogs, everyone is huge and they descend from a great height and then vigorously stroke and stimulate the dog and we believe the dog likes it!

Many small dogs learn to become very vocal because things like this keep happening and no one takes their feelings and needs into account.

If you went on a walk and everyone you saw came up to you and ruffled your hair whilst talking to you in a high pitched voice, would you be loving the experience if it happened all the time, every time?


Just because your dog is small, your dog is still a dog and you need to find the balance between what you want to do and what your dog can cope with.

Your dog needs to believe there is just as much attention given for doing nothing as there is for doing something.

Your dog needs downtime, not just when you are not there, but when you are there. If you are not doing that, you are failing your dog and potentially creating problems for yourself and your dog.

A Dachshund learning to be calm

A Dachshund learning to be calm