How to Train Your Small Dog

Teaching your dog to follow your commands is the key to making sure that he or she will respond to you quickly and easily. This will help you make sure that your dog does not run out into the street, for example, or jump on a person by accident.

It can also be fun to teach dogs tricks too. If your dog jumps through a hoop it certainly shows off how smart he or she is!

Gather all your training materials in one place and make sure you have everything you will need.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when you are training your dog is to always have all your training materials with you. This will allow you to be prepared for any situation that might arise, as well as make sure that your dog will not be bored if he has nothing to do while waiting for his next lesson.

The following items should be kept in one location:

  • Treats (yummy ones!)
  • Clicker/toy (if using clicker)
  • Water bowl and water bottle (to hydrate them)

Keep your dog on a leash whenever outside.

Keeping your dog on a leash is the simplest way to keep them safe, and it’s helpful in other ways too. When you’re outside with them, keep the leash in hand so that if they run off or get into trouble, you can quickly reel them back in. This will also keep your dog from harming themselves: for example, many small dogs have been killed by cars because their owners didn’t have time to stop them before they got into traffic. Additionally, having a leash gives passersby some peace of mind when approaching your pet—they know that there is someone nearby who could intervene if anything goes wrong.

Finally, keeping your dog leashed means you’ll be able to react more quickly when they spot another animal (or person) who might pose a threat—giving yourself time to take action before either party gets hurt!

Reward good behavior immediately as your dog does something correctly.

One of the most important things to remember when training your small dog is that rewarding good behavior immediately as your dog does something correctly is crucial. Reward good behavior by giving your dog treats, praising with a word or two, or playing with a favorite toy.

  • Don’t wait too long to reward your small dog after he does something right. It’s important to reward your dog instantly so he knows what you’re praising him for and feels confident about doing it again in the future.
  • Don’t reward bad behavior or even neutral behavior that you don’t want to encourage in the future. You’ll only confuse your small dog if he doesn’t understand why he’s getting praise one minute but not being punished the next!

Teach your dog to relax.

It is important that your dog learns how to relax because it will help him remain calm when he’s around other people, dogs and children. Teaching your dog how to relax is also a good way for you to spend some quality time together.

The easiest way to teach your dog how to relax is by using a mat or bed as a place for him or her to lie down when relaxing. You can use commands such as “lie down”, “go on the mat” or “get off”. As soon as your dog lies down on his mat say something like “Good boy/girl!” This will make him feel proud of himself and will encourage him to do the same thing next time in order to get more praise from you!

Teach basic commands, including sit, stay and stand.

Sit and stay are basic commands that you should teach your dog as soon as possible. They can be useful for keeping your dog safe and preventing accidents, such as when he’s in the presence of an unfamiliar person or animal. Sit and stay are also great tools for teaching him to relax, because they give him something to do while remaining still and quiet. Sit and stay are also essential skills needed by all dogs who go on walks with their owners, since they allow the owner to stop at any point without having to drag his pet along with him!

Sit: To get your dog into a sitting position, hold a treat above his head so that he looks up at it then move it back towards his rear end until he sits down. Repeat this process several times until he understands what “sit” means; then gradually decrease how high up you hold the treats until there’s no need for them anymore! Keep practicing this command regularly so that it becomes second nature by saying “sit” every time before feeding him his meals too!

Stand: This one’s easy—just tap on either side of your pup’s front legs while saying “stand.” If he doesn’t respond right away then try tapping harder until eventually being able to simply say “stand” without having done anything else beforehand will suffice! Just remember not too push too hard though—puppies have delicate bones just like humans do which makes them more vulnerable than adult dogs might be (they don’t really develop their full strength until closer towards adulthood).

Practice down and stay when you are sitting or lying down too.

When you are sitting or lying down, practice the command “Down” and “Stay.” This command is perhaps the most important of all. If your dog does not obey this command, he or she could be injured by running into things.

If your dog does not obey this command, try to find out why by observing his or her behavior. For example, if you see that your dog often forgets to sit before going through a door and then sits in front of a door after being told “Down,” it is probably because he or she gets excited about going through doors! This is why teaching him/her to sit before going through a door can help solve this problem.

When practicing this skill with your small dog, make sure that they stay on their own without any physical restraint so they can make their own decisions about whether or not they should listen. It may take some time for them to learn that staying means good things happen (like treats!) but once they get used to it they will start obeying every time!

Practice come by first teaching your dog the recall command while he or she is on the leash.

As with all training, it’s best to start with the basics. You don’t want to wait until your dog is off-leash and running around before teaching them to come. Instead, get them on their leash first (make sure it isn’t too long) and practice a few times in an open space where there are no distractions:

• Use a treat as an incentive for your dog to come when called

• Use a treat as an incentive for your dog to sit when called

• Use a treat as an incentive for your dog to lie down when called

• Use either food or toys as incentives for staying until released

Make it easy for your dog to succeed by showing him what you want him to do next.

Make it easy for your dog to succeed by showing him what you want him to do next.

  • Use positive reinforcement. If your dog does something right, reward him with a treat or praise. A treat is usually easier for a small dog to eat than praise, and it encourages the behavior more quickly than just words of encouragement will do.
  • Use a reward they like! The best way to teach a new trick is by using food that your pup likes—and then offering lots of praise when he does it correctly! If you’re having trouble getting them interested in eating treats (especially if they’re fussy), try using the treats sparingly at first so that he wants them even more when he gets them!

Pay attention to what motivates your dog, as that will be the most effective reward.

When it comes to rewarding your dog, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

  • First, dogs have individual preferences for what they find motivating. For example, one dog may be more interested in play than anything else; another might be motivated by affection or attention from their owner. Pay attention to what motivates your dog, as that will be the most effective reward – don’t try to reuse rewards from previous training if your dog has expressed no interest in them before!
  • Second, rewards are only useful for training purposes if they’re given immediately after the correct action is performed. When working with any type of reinforcement schedule (i.e., when you want something repeated or done repeatedly), make sure you’re not inadvertently teaching your pup that being trained means waiting around for hours until finally being rewarded at some random point later on!
  • Third, remember that sometimes even the best-laid plans can backfire on us: If you’ve decided ahead of time which reward will work best but then accidentally use it too early or late during training sessions (“Oops!”), try using something else instead until now becomes acceptable behavior again–this way pet parents won’t get stuck chasing their tails all day long trying desperately not only figure out what went wrong but also fix it!


Training a small dog is not an easy task. It takes patience, determination, and consistency for your pet to learn new behaviors. However, with the right tools and techniques, you can teach your pup how to behave properly around humans or other animals.