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How To Make Happy Memories With Your Small Breed Dog

Updated: Feb 22

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How to Make Happy Core Memories As a Dog Mummy

To celebrate International Dog Day, we've compiled a set of fantastic tips on how you can enjoy quality time with your beloved furry family and on making happy core memories as a dog mummy!

Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding is all about cherishing special moments with your furry family member. Here are some wonderful activities you can share together:

Making Happy Core Memories As a Dog Mummy - Exploring Your Dog's Beloved Route

Strap on your hiking boots and venture out to your pup's cherished walking trail.

It's a splendid way to relish fresh air and bond with your small breed dog.

Dog walks aren't only beneficial for both of you physically; it also stimulates your dog's mind and encourages social interactions.

So plan your route, take water and supplies, then start making happy core memories with your little one.

Making Happy Core Memories As a Dog Mummy - Picnic Pleasures

As the weather warms up and days grow longer, consider indulging in an outdoor picnic with your furry family member to make happy core memories as a dog mummy.

We recommend these delectable dog food picnic treats: - Carrot sticks - Sliced apples (minus the seeds!) - Juicy watermelon - Sweet strawberries - Nutritious bananas

Making Happy Core Memories As a Dog Mummy - Luxurious Pampering

Spoil your dog with a pampering session to make happy core memories as a dog mummy, followed by a little self-care for yourself.

Everyone loves looking and feeling good, and the same applies to your furry family.

Consistent dog grooming keeps your dog's skin healthy, and we've even got some grooming tips on our blog for you!

Making Happy Core Memories As a Dog Mummy - Delightful Dinner Date

Share a delightful dinner date with your furry sidekick and toast with a glass of dog-friendly Pets At Home pawsecco. Check out our scrumptious recipe that's sure to delight your pooch's taste buds!

Cosy Night In

Cuddle up with your small breed dog and enjoy a cosy movie night. If you're unsure about which film to watch, 101 Dalmations is always good.

Don't be surprised if your dog doses off during the movie; they're just catching up on some well-deserved rest, crucial for their mental well-being and learning.

Making happy core memories with your small dog as a dog mummy doesn't have to cost much and can be tailored to you. Enjoy!

FAQs about making your small dog happy:

How to make your small breed dog happy in an apartment?

One of the most important things to consider is your dog's breed.

Some breeds are more suited for apartment living than others because they have lower energy levels, quieter barks, and smaller sizes.

According to various sources, some of the best dog breeds for small apartments are:

- Boston Terrier

- Bichon Frise

- English Bulldog

- Basenji

- Brussels Griffon

- Chihuahua

- Coton de Tulear

- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

- Dachshund

- French Bulldog

- Havanese

- Maltese

- Pekingese

- Pomeranian

- Pug

- Shih Tzu

- Yorkshire Terrier

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, and any dog can adapt to apartment living with proper training and care.

However, these breeds tend to have characteristics that make them easier to manage in smaller spaces.

How to make your small breed dog happy when you leave?

Another challenge of living in an apartment with a small breed dog is leaving them alone for long periods.

Some dogs may suffer from separation anxiety, which can cause them to bark excessively, chew on furniture, or have accidents in the house.

To prevent this, you should:

- Provide your dog with a comfortable crate or bed where they can feel safe and cosy.

- Leave some toys or treats for your dog to distract them.

- Play soothing music or white noise to mask any outside noises that might trigger your dog's barking.

- Avoid making a big fuss when you leave or return, as this can increase your dog's anxiety levels.

- Consider hiring dog walkers or a pet caretaker to monitor your dog during the working day, or take them to a doggy daycare where they can socialise with other dogs.

How to make your small breed dog happy with a new baby?

If you are expecting a new baby, you might wonder how your small breed dog will react to the new addition to the family.

Some dogs may feel jealous or insecure when their owner's attention shifts to the baby. To avoid this, you should:

- Introduce your dog to the baby gradually and calmly, letting them sniff and lick the baby's feet or hands under your supervision.

- Give your dog goodies and praise for being gentle and calm around the baby.

- Maintain your dog's routine as much as possible, giving them regular walks, meals, and playtime.

- Involve your dog in the baby's activities, such as letting them sit next to you while you feed or change the baby.

- Never leave your dog and baby alone, even if they seem friendly.

How to make your small breed dog happy and healthy?

One of the most important things to do for your small breed dog is to keep them healthy and fit.

Even though they live in an apartment, they still need to be mentally and physically stimulated to prevent becoming bored, obesity, and behavioral problems.

To do this, you should:

- Give your dog at least one walk per day, preferably in the morning or evening when it's cooler and less crowded.

- Vary your walking routes and destinations, exposing your dog to sights, sounds, and smells.

- Play games with your dog indoors, such as fetch, tug-of-war, hide-and-seek, or puzzle toys.

- Use incentives and positive reinforcement to help you train your small breed of dog for basic commands and tricks.

- Regularly groom your dog by washing them, brushing their teeth, cleaning their ears, and clipping their nails.

- Visit your vet regularly for check-ups, vaccinations, and parasite prevention.

Following these tips ensures your small breed of dog is happy and healthy in your apartment.

Remember that every small dog breed differs, and you should tailor your care to their personality and needs.

With love and patience, you can enjoy an incredible bond with your small-breed dog for many years.

At Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, we understand that dogs are not just pets; they're family. Our VIP services cater to a variety of small breeds, including small and toy dogs.

Our VIP treatment, akin to a 5-star boutique animal hotel, ensures your beloved pets are in good hands. Our dedicated Dog Nannies provide the utmost care and attention.

Whether it's doggy holidays or a short stay, we make sure your dog experiences a homely and cherished time with us. So, this International Dog Day, make it a day of love, bonding, and unforgettable memories with your furry family member!

Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for veterinary advice. For specific veterinary dog health advice, contact a veterinary pet healthcare provider

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Mary Puppins Dog Nanny Expert Small Dogs

Kate Phillips, Chief Editor

BSc (Hons), MSc

Kate is the UK's very own Mary Puppins, a professional Dog Nanny and expert in small breed dogs. With over 30 years' experience and successfully helping high profile celebrity pet parents raise their furry families, Kate shares her top tips with you. Kate guides readers on small breed dogs, dog health, dog training, dog nutrition, dog food, dog walks, dog accessories, dog enrichment, rescue dogs, dog behaviour, dog grooming and the best products for dog mums and dog dads to create the ultimate luxury lifestyle for their small dogs.


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