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Little Dog Syndrome or LDS, is a common disorder in small dogs. How do dogs develop LDS? Like with many disorders, it occurs over time and without us knowing and in too many instances, with our implied consent through inadvertent conditioning.
Two training concepts to consider to help determine if your dog has LDS:
So, with the above scenarios, we are inadvertently praising and rewarding the dog for being assertive and adrenalised. If we do this enough, your dog will be a good candidate for LDS.
But LDS can be treated and prevented. How? Treat your little dog, like a big dog. If you would not allow a big dog to do something, do not let your little dog do that thing. In short, treat your dog not based upon their size, but by the content of their character. For the record, my dog is allowed on my sofa, but just like my neighbour, when invited.
Bark Busters never condone picking up a little dog or holding a larger dog as a means of correcting or educating because physicality creates adrenaline. Adrenalised dogs have a very difficult time learning and being able to recall and do things previously taught. If you would like to learn how to teach your dog manners, you first must learn to speak #speakdogtheBarkBustersWay!