Spend some quality time
with your little dog
Five ways to pamper
your little dog
You love your little dog so much and you insist on nothing but the best care. There are many options for giving your pet extra special treatment.
1. Nothing beats the love you share
Dogs are pack animals and connecting with their pack leader (you) is an important source of satisfaction and reinforcement. Not even a tasty treat or favourite toy can rival your hugs and the loving care you provide.
2. Not just any food — the right food
Take time to talk to your vet and shop wisely to discover the right nutrition for your particular dog's needs. A happy, healthy life begins on a solid foundation of precisely balanced nutrition. Next to your love, there's nothing better you can give your pet.
3. Fun and games
Your little dog probably wants nothing more than to spend time with you. Simple eye contact and a long hug at the end of the day means the world to your pet. Find out what your little one loves to do with you and make it part of your routine. Fetching a ball indoors? A walk in the park? A car ride? Time together is time well spent.
4. Look good, feel great
Thorough, routine grooming is a great way to pamper your small or toy breed dog. Ask your vet and work with a qualified groomer to determine your particular dog's needs. Trimmed nails are important to keep your little dog comfortable during walks.
5. Use suitable small dog-friendly accessories
Shop around for the perfect accessories to complement your little dog's size and way of life. Essentials include a quality pet bed, leash and collar. Clothing can help protect your pet from rain and cold, but it shouldn’t be used on a daily basis. And never allow clothing to cover your pet's face or otherwise restrict breathing.
Choosing the right toys
for your little dog
Playtime is an important opportunity for your small or miniature breed dog to get a little exercise, mental stimulation and bonding time with you! Making sure your dog has the right kind of toys is essential for your dog’s enjoyment and safety.
Any toy you give to your
dog must be of the appropriate
shape, size and condition:
Toys that are too small could be swallowed by your dog, posing both a choking hazard as well as a danger to their stomach and bowel
Similarly, string, ribbons or elastic bands may be interesting to your dog but don't make good toys
Any sort of toy with bits that can be chewed off (like plastic eyes on a stuffed animal) should be avoided
A good rule to keep in mind with any toy is that once it begins to fall apart or disintegrate, it needs to be replaced
Toys with squeakers inside can be a lot of fun for some dogs. But make sure that the squeaker is well secured inside the toy. Most little dogs are content to just chew on the toy and make it squeak, but some dogs will feel they have to dig the squeaker out of the toy.
Many small dogs like a soft-stuffed toy. They'll baby it, carry it around, pounce on it, sit on it and suck on it. Something that is machine washable is ideal. The best stuffed toys will be the kind you can get from your pet specialty store or veterinarian.
You'll get the most life out of your toys by not putting them all out at once. Put out only a small selection of your dog's toys and switch them every couple of weeks. This way the toys stay novel to your dog.
Style and accessories
for your little dog
The use of clothing and other accessories for dogs have become popular, and all small dogs can wear dog clothes as a way to express recent trends and fashions. Dog fashion has changed with time and the choice of small dog clothes has increased phenomenally over the last few years.
Clothing can protect your dog from the elements and make your dog fashionable. If you decide to dress your dog, choose functional clothing, such as items to keep your dog warm. Of course, you should avoid any clothing that may be hazardous to his health.
Make safety your first consideration. Small dog jewellery ranges from tiaras to necklaces and anklets. These may look adorable, but make sure your dog does not chew or swallow any pieces that could cause injury.
Pet carriers for small dogs are perfect for carrying your furry friend with you to friends’ houses, the store, the park, or just about anywhere. Carriers come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, from hard-sided airline carriers to designer purse-style carriers.
Most carriers have vented windows for visibility and airflow. Choose one big enough for your pet to fit comfortably, but small enough that he will not be tossed around while you walk.
Taking your little dog
along on a car ride
Whether it’s a quick trip to the store or a cross-country drive to a favourite holiday spot, your small or miniature breed dog may be the perfect passenger when you hit the road. Take extra care and you two could find some of your best times together side-by-side behind the wheel.
If riding in a car is a new experience, help your little dog get used to it by taking several short car rides around town before attempting a trip to a destination far away. For long drives, your best bet for transporting your best friend may be a well-ventilated crate anchored with bungee cords or a seat belt.
Beware of the risk a hot car poses to your small or miniature breed dog. A car can turn into an oven in a flash during the spring or summer.
- Never leave your pet alone in your car during warm or hot weather — even for a minute. Interior heat builds up quickly and poses serious danger.
- Heavy panting or relentless licking could be warning signs that you need to pull over in a shady spot and provide some water.
Not every pet enjoys life in the fast lane, but if yours does, make the most of a great opportunity to share a good time together. Have fun, and if you're going to be gone for a long time, don't forget to bring along your little dog's food and bowl!