You're on a walk with your dog and he charges ahead of you as usual. Your little buddy loves to be in the lead and you let him, because, well, he don't weigh that much. Like most small dog owners, you haven't thought too much about training them because, for most things, you can scoop them up when they aren't obeying. But one day, your furry friend charges into the street ahead of you and narrowly misses being caught up under wheels of a car. You yank him back in time, thank goodness, but it makes you think.
Training your small dog to stay away from the road is crucial for their protection and your peace of mind. With consistency and repetition, your small dog can learn any skill a larger pup can. Figure out what drives your dog to obey, whether it is treats or affection, and reward the behaviors you want. In no time, your small dog will avoid the road without your explicit permission.
Before you go outside to train, cut your small dog's favorite food into small bite-sized pieces or gather some treats that your pup can eat quickly. Keep them in your pocket during your walk. It's best to put your small dog on a harness before the walk. You don't want to be pulling on their neck when you need to correct them.