While I absolutely love ALL dogs no matter their size or breed, I’ve only ever had small-ish dogs. My biggest dog was a Corgi, who weighed around 30lbs. I have a thing for small dogs, as their compact stature is perfect for my lifestyle. I’m sure one day I will have a big dog, but for now I can’t help but appreciate all of the benefits of having a small dog. Sometimes I feel like tiny dogs are severely underestimated, so in this post I outline the benefits of choosing a smaller pooch as your bestie.
I absolutely despise the bad rap that Chihuahuas get. “They are dumb, mean, loud, ankle biters who are good for punting.” The negativity behind the breed name truly breaks my heart. I, too, was uneducated about Chihuahuas before I rescued Wynston but he’s taught me how amazing chihuahuas really are. In fact, a Chihuahua is a perfect breed for me, and I think it’s a great breed for anyone willing to give them a chance. Chihuahuas are the 2nd most euthanized breed of dog in the United States. I want to help change that. I’ve written a post about negative Chihuahua stereotypes, and now I want to focus on the positive side of things – why Chihuahuas are incredible dogs.
As a dog mom, I believe that it’s necessary to spend quality time with each of my dogs. It’s a good bonding experience, and you get to know your dogs as individuals. When my three dogs are together on an outing, their listening skills decline and they act like monkeys in a circus. Take them all separately, and they are perfect angels. While we’re working on the whole “going out as a group” thing, I spend one-on-one time with each of my dogs. Today I took Wynston over to the Riparian Preserve for a relaxing nature walk. Perhaps I will start a new blog series – Mommy and me Monday!
Lack of potty training is one of the main reasons that dogs end up in shelters. This is very avoidable if you go about potty training correctly. As a dog mom, I know it’s probably the most important training time for your dog. Whether you rescued an adult dog that needs training or adopted a new puppy, every pet parent needs to effectively potty train their dog. None of my small dogs were potty trained when I rescued them and it was a different process with each one. Using positive reinforcement methods, you can potty train your Chihuahua quickly with a minimal margin of error. Here are 10 tips for effectively potty training your Chihuahua or other small dog.
If you’re a Chihuahua parent, you probably get sick of hearing people say “OMG he’s shaking! Is he scared?” or “Awwww the poor thing is cold! Look at him shake!” To be perfectly honest, it really bothers me. Shaking is a “Chihuahua thing.” They all do it and we need to educate people as to why. So, why do Chihuahuas shake?