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Top Tips For Successful Dog Training With Small Breed Dogs

Updated: Feb 22

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Embarking on the journey of dog training

with your small breed dog offers a multitude of benefits, even when focusing on basic commands. These advantages include:

Unleashing Freedom

Mastery of commands allows your dog to roam off the lead in safe public dog walk spaces.

Boosting Confidence

Training builds your small breed dog's self-assurance and assertiveness.

Enhancing Safety

Both your dog and others are safer due to improved control.

Curbing Undesirable Behaviour

Training aids in reducing unwanted conduct.

Fostering Sociability

Dogs learn to interact positively with others.

Above all, dog training forges

an unbreakable bond between dog mummy and little one, offering lifelong stability and a clear hierarchy.

This connection, a cornerstone of trust, can be nurtured over time, providing your small breed dog with a sense of security and belonging.

As you embark on this rewarding journey, peruse our dog training tips before considering signing up with Mary Puppins Little Dog Training School for 1:1 sessions.


"Training with rewards is also fun and will help to build a positive bond between you and your new pup. Start in the home and once they have mastered the basics, you can begin to try it outside, too". Dogs Trust


What are Five Essential Commands for Dog Training for Small Breed Dogs?

Five fundamental commands to start your small dog's training are: Name Recall Sit Wait Paw Lie Down

While these commands seem straightforward, consistency and perseverance are pivotal.

To ensure effectiveness, focus on mastering one command at a time, considering your small breed dog's attention span.

Prioritise tasks aligned with your and your dog's needs – whether it's mastering off-lead walking or teaching patience during mealtime.

Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding, renowned for its excellence, is here ready to guide you with valuable dog training tips.

Five Tips to Optimise Your Dog Training Experience

Effective dog training, an enjoyable past time, begins with the following tips:

Positive Reinforcement

Employ techniques that reward desired behaviour.


Maintain a consistent approach to reinforce learning.

Regular Training

Brief and frequent sessions yield better results.

Appropriate Rewards

Tailor rewards to your dog's preferences.

Minimise Distractions

Train in controlled environments initially.

By embracing these principles, you'll see your dog's progress and experience the joy of shared accomplishments.

If you find training challenging, rest assured that practice leads to perfection.


"Teaching your dog basic obedience - such as sit, wait and coming back when called - gives them the freedom to do the things they like to do, like running off lead and coming with you to meet friends and family, while being safe and under control". RSPCA


How Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding Facilitates Your Dog's Training

Mary Puppins Luxury Dog Home Boarding is devoted to your dog's well-being through expert guidance. For first-time dog parents or experienced owners, investing time in training is mutually beneficial. Our seasoned Mary Puppins Dog Nannies excel in deciphering canine language, enabling us to offer comprehensive dog training tips.

Rely on us to provide holistic dog care, attuned to your small breed dog's individuality and comfort. Our unparalleled VIP luxury dog home boarding experience surpasses industry standards, reflecting our commitment to the highest quality.

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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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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