And what's not to love? Small dog breeds offer love, companionship, loyalty, warm cuddles, and someone to walk, run, and play with. They do essentially everything large breeds do but in a compact little body.
Some owners feel, however, that smaller breeds are more difficult to train. In general, it's larger breeds that often come to mind when someone asks you to rattle off some of the smartest dogs such as Border Collies, German Shepherds, Huskies, Poodles, and it goes on and on. And while it's true that some pedigrees are predisposed to be more susceptible to training, it's not true that small breeds aren't trainable or any less intelligent!
Maybe your dog is aggressive towards other dogs, maybe they suffer separation anxiety and whine and bark incessantly while you're at work, and maybe it's not as serious as all that and you just wish they would stop trying to lick you at every opportunity they get.
From puppy kisses to growling and lunging on a leash, there are so many training tactics and resources available that are meant to correct unwanted behavior and this can be overwhelming. Especially when they typically come with all kinds of inclusive terminology and scientific-sounding phrases, such as the words 'operant conditioning', which some psychologists call 'shaping'.
Operant conditioning at a glance is simply a training process designed to teach what is desired and undesired behavior based on a dog's ability to understand and appreciate the consequences of their actions. This training can help any breed of dog, but can especially come in handy for smaller breeds that may be difficult to get a handle on.
Things you will need for this training method are:
The clicker will help mark positive behavior and desired actions while the treats will help reinforce it. While obviously beneficial for you, operant conditioning will also be beneficial for your dainty canine, as it serves to strengthen the communication between the two of you and also your relationship.