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Old February 9th, 2013, 10:47 AM
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I have never had mini dogs until now. I'm usually a big dog owner, GreyHounds, Newfoundlands. I was wondering if there are any major differences in training a mini vs a maxi?
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Old February 9th, 2013, 11:37 AM
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I have 2 small breed dogs, I really don't see any difference from having any other medium/big dog, except you have to make sure not to step on them

They are very cuddly, all dogs are, but small dogs really like to be on your lap a lot, I have noticed they also have more sensitive stomachs but it also depends on the breed... what breed is your dog? and how small is he/she going to be fully grown? As far as I have read and been told any dog that is under 5 lbs could mean a few health problems in the future.

As for training, there is really no difference, but remember that even once fully trained, they cannot hold it as much as a bigger dog would.
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Old February 9th, 2013, 03:35 PM
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Ha Ha, don't step on them..........They are definately on your furniture more, they are pickier eaters sometimes. Little longer in potty training I find. Much easier to cart around in your car!!!! I've always had big dogs, like dobies, boxers, mastiff, retrievers etc....I can say I like the little ones, I don't think I would have a toy breed though, afraid to hurt it....
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Old February 9th, 2013, 05:25 PM
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Ha Ha, don't step on them..........They are definately on your furniture more, they are pickier eaters sometimes. Little longer in potty training I find. Much easier to cart around in your car!!!! I've always had big dogs, like dobies, boxers, mastiff, retrievers etc....I can say I like the little ones, I don't think I would have a toy breed though, afraid to hurt it....
Yes thats true my older dog its a very picky eater, though since we got guero he has gotten better with that, guero will eat anything you put in front him
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Old February 10th, 2013, 09:29 AM
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Thank you for your responses. The two I have are miniature schnauzers. The, not stepping on, has been priority. Lol They are crate trained and can "hold" it for eight hours a night. Pretty good for one month old.
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Old March 1st, 2013, 02:49 PM
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I've had small dogs and big dogs. When talking about training, I think it is the same way. It depends on the breed, some are calm and others are hyper. The hyper ones I find are harder to train.
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Old February 9th, 2013, 04:56 PM
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I have 2 small breed dogs, I really don't see any difference from having any other medium/big dog, except you have to make sure not to step on them

They are very cuddly, all dogs are, but small dogs really like to be on your lap a lot, I have noticed they also have more sensitive stomachs but it also depends on the breed... what breed is your dog? and how small is he/she going to be fully grown? As far as I have read and been told any dog that is under 5 lbs could mean a few health problems in the future.

As for training, there is really no difference, but remember that even once fully trained, they cannot hold it as much as a bigger dog would.
Small white dogs are very sensitive , I found this out recently . I know Marty does not like me to stand right over him when I put his harness on him. I have to bend way down or have him jump onto the couch.
Oh boy , I am guilty of stepping on poor doggie, I have to remind myself to look down especially when I am cooking as Marty is a Piggypoo and always around when he smell food.
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