If you’re the fur parent of a pint-sized pup, you made a great choice! And you’re not alone. Smaller pups are very popular these days – and for a few good reasons.
- Compact canines are easier to care for – less to clean and groom!
- They don’t eat as much as big dogs, so food costs are lower and ya gotta love that!
- They’re adaptable and can thrive in many environments – perfect for city dwellers with limited space.
- They can be easier to travel with and able to fit in smaller cars.
Fun-sized dogs have a lot to offer, so to help you pay them back we’ve come up with three pup-tastic ways to keep small dogs healthy and happy.
1. Keep Them Moving
Daily exercise is essential for all small dogs, but the amount they need differs according to the breed. For example, Jack Russell Terriers need a lot of activity while French Bulldogs… not so much! But even our Frenchie buddies need to get out and about and enjoy some fresh air.
Speaking of Frenchies, if your dog has a smushy-lookin’ face (brachycephalic if you want to know the “pawsh” word for it), they can’t take the heat in summer because of the way their heads are structured. So, keep walks brief and play games with them inside to keep them fit in the hot months.
If you have a small breed dog that needs more than a daily walk around the block (helloooo terriers), how about taking them on a hike? Doggie daycares and off-leash parks are also wonderful to satisfy the needs of very active small dogs or puppies.