I own a small dog and I can tell you, it is pretty great. You get the affection and joy that owning a dog brings without the hassle of needing to exercise them daily or them taking you down if they were to ever jump on you (not that any of that is a bad thing). However, dogs that are smaller in stature do possess a variety of undesirable behavioral traits like barking or biting at people or other dogs who get too close to their personal areas. We all know these incidents and attribute them to Small Dog Syndrome. Why do small dogs get incredibly territorial in the presence of larger dogs? This post will examine the reasons for Small Dog Syndrome and what may be done to alleviate it.
Owners of small dogs need to first realize that their dogs are small. Smaller statured dogs can be intimidated by being in crowded, enclosed spaces like houses, for the fear of being stepped on is a legitimate threat. If you need to interact with a small dog that you aren’t familiar with, it helps to make yourself smaller so that they feel a bit more comfortable approaching you. When meeting big dogs, it can be dangerous because while a large dog may just want to play, their action may cause harm to the smaller dog because bigger dogs are naturally stronger and tend to play a little rougher. Cue your dog to get off or out of places the moment you wish them to, otherwise the dog will become increasingly territorial over time towards that space, which isn’t good if that area is a high traffic one, like a couch.