@nogoodwithnames I think the issue is most people won’t work to train a small dog beyond “Don’t bite me” then they just pick it up if they need. Can’t pull that trick with a bigger dog, so you have to train them more to work with them. Have a couple small dogs, one of which is a chihuahua. She is not the usual trembling ball of hate because we trained her. The chihuahua we had growing up was, because we never bothered to train.
@nogoodwithnames You haven’t met a Shih Tzu. We have one and he almost never barks except to let us know something is up. With new people he is mostly interested in sniffing your feet. He’s a great dog and friend.
@nogoodwithnames@simplersimon Agreed, it’s a lot easier to live with a small poorly behaved dog than a large poorly behaved dog, and so properly training medium and large dogs to have manners often feels much more important. I had a chihuahua before my current medium-sized dog, and I hadnt realized how important training was until my 25-pound puppy started jumping up on people and running at their faces
@nogoodwithnames I do pet sitting thru the Rover service, and I get a pretty even mix of well behaved and ill behaved dogs in all sizes and all breeds. I can say that the 160lb Great Dane I cared for who’d never heard the word “no” was definitely more challenging than the 5lb chihuahua who was equally undisciplined.
@Mehrocco_Mole There was a St.Bernard who lived down the street from the family I roomed with in college. Jumped me while I was riding my bike past his house. Came bounding off the porch like something out of a horror movie. Grabbed the handlebars with his mouth and tossed me. Luckily then decided I was no fun to play with and went back to his porch rather than eat me. Not the best memory.
I miss our Eskie so much, such a sweetheart. We had to let her go 6 years ago now, and it hurt so much my husband couldn’t bear to have another one right away so we ended up with a JRT/corgi mix. Definitely a different attitude about life. This was Chloe.
All dogs! “God sent angels down to earth in the form of dogs with notes saying, “Don’t judge… just love.” The dogs ate the notes… but they keep trying to deliver the message.”. For me, it’s giants all the way. Tempest is my 9th Great Dane, and Zephyr is my 5th Wolfhound (he’s half Irish Wolfhound half Borzoi). Both rescues.