I have three (rescue) dogs:
Scout is probably a Shiba/Kelpie Mix, 17" and 20.5#. She is an open dog, though one of the smallest.
Bug is a Chihuahua/Dachshund mix, 12.25" and 12.5#. He is a mini dog, jumping 16" in Championship.
Boo is a Chihuahua/Something mix, about 10" and 7#. He is in training.
Boo has been special needs since the day I brought him home. He was tranquilized for his neuter surgery, arrived dopey, and remained so for a week. He also refused to eat. And do his business outside. He's lucky that he's adorable.
I know there is the argument about the USDAA jump heights, as the little dogs would either jumpe 12"/16" Championship or 8"/12" Performance. This is part of the issue.
I had trouble with Bug popping weave poles. No one could tell me why, that is, until I came across a small dog person. "You're too close to him. He sees feet, and thinks you will step on him."
Therein lies the problem: Training the small dog in a world of BC-only instruction.
- How many agility seminars are given by people who train something other than a border collie?
- How many pictures in Clean Run are NOT of border collies?
- How many articles have you read that give specific training advice to a dog that isn't a border collie/sheltie/aussie?
Technical courses with tight course times, the IHC flair, the long distance in gamblers.
Technical courses with generous course times, optional games.
Perhaps AKC appears to be a more viable option for the small dog handlers because the handler has difficulty applying large dog training into their small dog world.
This really bothers me, as I am having trouble training Boo, especially with fear of the teeter, and subsequently, the dogwalk. My class is a waste of both time and money. Oh, and the other fun thing about a small dog: other dogs want to eat them AND the other dog owner doesn't apologize.
Boo is a little fella living in a world of giants. I know he has it in him, but I need help unleashing his inner beast.