Having a dog is great, but it comes with a lot of work. After all, dogs are messy animals, and even the best-trained dog can turn into a gigantic disaster if you’re not careful.
That’s why small dog owners are often much more perceptive than their larger counterparts, and they understand much more about their pets than do owners of larger breeds. In this blog, we’ll be listing 15 things that only small dog owners understand.
1. Putting the dog in a bag to sneak them around
It’s a silly little tale, but it could save your dog’s life. Ever sneaked your dog into your car, only to discover the trip taking so long that your dog inevitably started barking uncontrollably?
Or, how about the time you ended up getting lost in a mall and your dog got scared to death and wouldn’t stop barking? Well, we need to chat about how to sneak, put in a dog carrier that looks like you’re putting a bag over a dog.
2. They are light
A small dog is like a small child; it’s very frustrating to watch them grow up. Just like us, our dogs don’t like to grow up, which is why we should take advantage of their youth and travel light.
3. Everything is small
Dogs are gentle, loyal, and loveable. They are the ultimate companion animal and are uniquely suited for living with humans. While dogs can live just fine without other animals, they are the happiest living alongside and interacting with their family members.
Your average dog is a big fan of all sorts of fun and games. They love playing fetch, romping through the woods, and going on daily adventures. But there’s one activity that very few dogs love more than digging for worms.
Some dogs will even spend their entire day chasing down worms. So, why do dogs like digging for worms? And, more importantly, why do they do it so much? To answer these questions, we have first to understand a little more about what happens when a dog chases down a worm.
4. They are loved to be pet by everyone
As a dog owner, you are probably aware that it is a very common misconception that all dogs are friendly and kind to everyone. Dog owners are a breed of their own, and there are many things that only they understand.
For instance, did you know that the human-dog bond is a lot stronger than it looks? That’s why dogs always want to be petted and held, no matter what size they are.
That’s why a tiny dog is better than a big one, and a big dog is always better than a small one. That’s why everyone loves them and why they are so lovable.
5. Big dog rules are not applicable
When the other dogs in your neighborhood bark at the mailman, it’s completely natural for them to think they’re doing it to you. But there’s a problem with that: you’re about the same size as the mailman!
You’re a big dog! That’s why it’s time to let the big dogs have their say and teach the little pups some manners. One of the most common myths that I come across is that big dogs are inherently better than small dogs.
Big dogs are often described as having an intimidating presence, being more gentle and cuddly, or more suitable for socializing. The truth is that there is no correlation between dog size and behavior.
I would not want a big dog for any of the above reasons, but I feel completely confident that I could live with a small dog if that were what I had chosen.
6. Bedtime searching
Dogs are great pets. They’re smart, playful, affectionate, loyal, and dependable. They also require daily attention and training, which can take up a lot of time. A lot of time. It’s hard to fit in a daily walk or training session when the kids are in school or when you’re working until late at night.
It’s tough to squeeze in a grooming session when you’re tired and ready for bed at 9 p.m. And more often than not, you’re in the process of trying to get your dog to stop digging at the baseboards or chewing on the couch, or you’re trying to get her off the counter and into the bathroom.
7. You wouldn’t want to have one only
Nothing makes a dog owner happier than a happy dog. But sometimes, these happy moments can come with a price. You can’t have just one, because you will miss them all.
A small dog is all bark and no bite. They are highly energetic, very playful, and their playful nature comes with a lot of energy. While small dogs may not be the best choice if you think you’ll need a dog for protection, they are perfect for those who want a lively, energetic companion. After all, is there anything more fun than a small dog running around town?
8. You will need pee pads
If you own a small dog, you understand pee pads. Most people think that pee pads are a problem only for big dogs, and in some cases, they are. However, if you own a small dog, you know that pee pads are a problem that comes up all too frequently.
We have all been there; our little dogs have yelled at us for barking at the wrong thing. Sometimes, they do it because they want to see us, while other times, they are just trying to communicate with us.
10. Shortened walks
Dogs are a lot of work. Not only do dogs require constant care and attention, but they constantly need to be entertained. So, if you’re a small dog owner, it can be a challenge to keep your dog interested and happy.
11. Dog clothes
Small dogs are great, but sometimes it’s good to have a little help when it comes to clothing. This is where dog clothes come in. If you’ve ever tried to find your favorite t-shirt in a pet store, you know what I’m talking about. What about socks? If you’ve ever tried to buy some for a little dog in a pet store, you know what I’m talking about.
12. Small breeds can live longer
Small dog owners are more likely to live longer than average dog owners; according to a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Health Statistics, small dog owners are more likely to live longer than average dog owners.
The study revealed that small dog owners are 50 percent less likely to die than their average dog owner counterparts and are about 8 percent less likely to die from heart disease, cancer, and respiratory disease.
13. Some Small Dogs Has Big Gas
A growing number of pet owners have small dogs (often under 20 pounds (9.07 kilogram)). Many of these small dogs suffer from what is sometimes called “doggie gas” episodes. Many pet owners have been left scratching their heads during these episodes because it seems as though their little guy is suffering.
14. They have thinner paw padding
You can say a dog is a dog, but small dogs are different. They generally don’t weigh as much, but they have shorter, smaller legs and not much padding in their feet. Their paws probably don’t look too different from larger dogs, but the difference is in how the pads lay. And, perhaps, in the way the paws tighten up when they play.
15. They are cute
Dogs are a joy to have in your life, but they can also be a pain to take care of. They need food, they need to go outside, they need to be groomed, they need to be walked, they need toys, they need their ears cleaned, and they require lots of other things as well.
If you have a large dog, you will know it’s a lot of work, but you do it because you love your dog. Small dogs are easier to entertain, safer to master, easier to look after, easier to travel with, more playful, and fun. Small dogs have less of a tendency to get into mischief, are easier to train, and are a lot more adorable too.
Since dogs are mostly small, to begin with, you may think they are easy to take care of. This is not the case. Dogs usually need more care than any other pet. One of the most important things to know about dogs is that they often don’t listen to their owners.
Dogs that don’t get sufficient care can become aggressive and unhappy. Small dog owners know how much fun it is to live with a small dog. Not only can they get all the attention they need, but they also make excellent companions.
With small dogs being just as adorable as big dogs and big ones being just as adorable as little ones, many people take their little dogs everywhere, including on day trips. If you’re one of those people, you should know that small dogs are incredibly loyal and loving and friendly and energetic and crazy and fun, and you can’t understand why anyone would get a big dog.