We adopted a Chihuahua at the age of 3 months who has maintained a great disposition and well socialized personality for the past four years. Many small dogs can be high strung, and as a result bark at the drop of a hat, be snarly and overprotective of their “owner”. If you have a Chihuahua you understand the quotation marks.
Most dog behavior has to do with their human counterparts. Small dogs benefit from training and often are not. Owners know that their small pooch can be picked up and put in a bag or carried away if misbehaving. Paper training can lead to little socialization with other dogs. The socialization leads to happy interaction with other pooches. The bottom line: train your dog or it will train you. Dogs take direction whether you realize you are giving it or not.
This information is for all size dogs, most breeds and mixes.
Feeding a dog dry hard food is not going to make for a relaxed little creature. A reputable vet told me that dry food is really for the convenience of the owner. Dry food is understandable for the person who does rescue work, and for those who really have no other alternative due to financial reasons. Taste of the Wild is a good quality dry food. I have a link below. I am not suggesting that most canned food is any better than the dried stuff.
Find some way to mix in green vegetables into the food of your dog. Read the ingredients of whatever you are feeding them. If the words on the bag are not ones you understand, don’t buy it.
SOME BASICS FOR FEEDING A SMALL DOG
We use a raw meat source. For one brands information click here . There are some canned foods that are good quality. You have to read the label and compare.
One dry food to investigate is Taste of the Wild click here. With weather changes as they are today, it is important to have some dry food on hand for emergencies, as part of the diet, and to upgrade what you are using if a raw diet is not possible. IF YOU MUST USE DRY FOOD, CONSIDER SOAKING IT AHEAD OF TIME IN GOOD QUALITY WATER. Chewing dry food does not clean their teeth. Most inhale it.
Add water to your dogs food. Many little dogs do not drink enough water. Filtered water is a must. If you are not drinking filtered or glass bottled, or gathering your own spring water do some research. Importance of filtered water for dogs click here to start.
Some kind of Oil Blend or a few drops of olive, flax or some other nutrient rich oil. A twelve pound or less dog needs small amounts on a daily basis. Introduce oil slowly since it can produce loose bowels if too much is given at one time.
Diatomaceous Earth click here. If you do not know what this is the link will help you out.
Rescue Remedy and other flower essences for hyper, traumatized, confused or anxious dogs. To learn more click here. Great for people, too. Dogs are very sensitive to what is going on with their human family.
Teeth need to kept clean. If brushing is a big no at this point, make sure they chew on something. A natural bully stick. Teeth extractions and cleanings are a fortune and the sedatives that are used by some vets are questionable. There are people that come to the home who do dental cleaning. Do some research.
TOO EXPENSIVE? I UNDERSTAND, BUT…
Pay now or pay later [vet bills and heartbreak]. If money is truly an issue, do the best you can. Read labels and get the best quality food you can for your small dog. They do not really need that much food. Increase the vegetable ratio and be relentless in waiting out the period where they may turn up their nose to wet or raw food.
DRY FOOD IS CRACK FOR DOGS AND THE MANUFACTURES KNOW IT.
This is a basic start to having a more relaxed, easy going little pooch. Their bowels should not be dried up and sparse. If that is the case, that alone could make them snippy and tense!
As a postscript: The Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin is something that I am doing and have placed my dogs on. Her books, videos and website have some info on dogs. Talk to her over the phone and she can give you some guidance.