The Pražský Krysaříkm while similar in looks to a Chihuahua, is the smallest breed of dog in the world and commonly found in the Czech Republic. Widely known as Prague Ratters, they make faithful and loyal lap dogs, are not as ‘yappy’ as other small dogs, and are also exceptionally intelligent. While they enjoy curling up on your lap, they are also happy to go for long walks, play a game of fetch, learn new tricks, or lounge around your house or apartment. In essence, they are an excellent option for apartment dwellers or homeowners looking for a lovable yet small dog that’s both low maintenance and has a lot of loyalty to give. If you own a Pražský Krysaříkm and want to provide them with the best life possible, here are a few activities you can do together.
When you bring your Prague Ratter home as a puppy, the first thing you need to do is train them. While it can typically be hard work to provide training for a new dog, you will find the intelligence of this breed makes it a far more straightforward process. Therefore, there’s no time like the present to get started. All you need is treats, and you can carry out this activity in any weather. When you’re training your Prague Ratter, ensure you have the patience to do so. Repetition is crucial, and you will need to offer positive praise whenever they do what you ask. Below are some steps to help master the basics.
When you get a Pražský Krysaříkm, you will soon learn that socialization is crucial. If you don’t introduce them to new friends when they’re young, they can quickly run into “small dog syndrome” problems, where they try to dominate other dogs that want to be their friend. While Prague Ratters are not yappy in comparison to Chihuahuas and other small breeds, they can be when you don’t train them to share their territory. When the sun is shining, grab a leash, a toy, and a doggy waste bag, and head to your local dog park. The younger the dog, the better socialized they will be when they’re older.
Don’t let the small stature of your furry friend deceive you into thinking the Pražský Krysaříkm doesn’t require exercise. Even though they may only be between two and six pounds in weight, they still love to walk as much as you do – and need the activity to stay out of trouble. A bored Prague Ratter is a destructive and naughty puppy, and you’re bound to experience this first hand if you don’t take them on a long walk at least once per day – if not more. When the sun is out, or even if it’s not, grab your pup’s leash and get going. You’ll find they needed a walk more than you think.
A Pražský Krysaříkm makes the perfect pet for those who live in apartments. They’re small, easy to train, and don’t require large lawn area either. However, some Prague Ratter owners have even managed to train their dog to use the litter box. While it might take some trial and error – or it might not happen at all – it’s worth a try if you have spare time. They benefit from mental stimulation and, if you happen to succeed, you get the bonus of not having to leave your high-rise building for toilet stops.
While you might think that little dogs can’t play a game of fetch, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Your Prague Ratter will love the game, but you may need to be more selective with your toy choices. Rather than opt for a giant, cumbersome frisbee that may be bigger than your furry friend, you may wish to instead select a small rubber ball not dissimilar from its jaw size. You can play fetch in your apartment, your home, or a backyard. Not only are you spending time bonding with your pup, but they’re getting that much-needed exercise in the process.
A Prague Ratter is a deceiving dog in the respect that they thrive on exercise, love, and attention. The more you give them, the more they want. Therefore, they are a loyal and loving pup you’d be happy to own. However, if you don’t have time for exercise, then be prepared for a naughty dog to take the place of your once angelic pup. Get started on the right paw by including fun activities and exercise in your dog’s routine right from the beginning.