Regardless of size, all dogs should be treated equally or fairly the same. It may be hard to admit, but we have a general tendency to see small dogs as needing and vulnerable more than big dogs. They often get more intimate moments and attention and we often see the things that small dogs do as adorable, but when the big dog does the same thing, we sometimes consider his action as otherwise.
This is the so-called “small dog syndrome” or the SDS. This is the result when small dogs are often allowed to do undesirable things and inappropriate behaviors, because they are viewed as less dangerous, less harmful, and less of a nuisance, than if it were done by big dogs. The small dog syndrome is when a small dog seems like to do whatever it desires, even when what it is doing is already inappropriate and undesirable.
Here are some telling signs and scenarios that your small dog might have the SDS:
- The master of the house: They think that they are taking the lead role in your household, and you follow her rules by giving in to almost all her demands and fail to correct other unwanted habits. This gave him the idea that he is indeed the master.
- Growling at almost every other do: Your small dog instantly turns into a snarling beast when she crosses path and sees other dogs.
- Does not walk when outside the house: When out for a walk, your small dog wants to be carried. You scoop her up because he is so adorable, cute, and tiny and you are scared she might get hurt.
From the aforementioned signs and scenarios, it can be inferred that almost all seem to indicate that the cause of this small dog syndrome is how the small dogs have been treated by their owners. The SDS problem most probably originates from how small dogs always seem to get what they want and to get away with undesirable things they did. SDS may also develop when the dog owner, meaning well for his little one, (over)protects his small dog from the world – not allowing the dog to go out as much, or to socialize with bigger dogs because of the fear their small dog might get hurt.
There may be other things that can cause the small dog syndrome, such as when they compensate for their tiny size by acting dominant, tough, and big when they feel threatened, afraid, or intimidated.
Good news is, this small dog syndrome can be avoided by starting with how you treat your little best friend.