Let her be the small dog that makes people fall in love with small dogs.

Matilda the smart, well-mannered lady-dog.

Little dogs are inquisitive, passionate, and quick on their feet.

They’re eager to please – when trained with gentleness and positivity. 

Join me as I raise Matilda the minpin-chihuahua mix to be a smart, well-mannered lady-dog. Together, we’ll discover how dogs learn and how to train them in a way that minimizes fear and anxiety while setting them up for success.

The world is a big, scary place from 12″ up. You’re her guide, her guardian, and with the help of your signals, cues, teachings and, of course, treats, she’ll become a confident, intelligent pooch with good manners.

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Step-By-Step Positive Potty Training For Small Dogs

Little dogs are notoriously hard to potty-train.

If your small dog is still having accidents in the house, and you feel your patience running thin, it’s time to rethink the way you communicate with your dog.

Small dogs have small bladders. They’re easily stressed out by punishment, and sometimes, they just plain misunderstand where they’re supposed to go. 

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Little Dog Training And Behavior Tips

The more positive, polite behaviors you teach your dog, the fewer problems you’ll have discouraging bad habits. Use my step-by-step guides to quickly teach adorable, entertaining tricks that your dog will love performing.

Discover what makes your dog learn, and how you can use games and positive reinforcement to make learning fun for your dog.

  • How To Teach Your Dog To Bow Or Curtsy (25) train-dog-to-curtsy-or-bow Your dog performs this simple trick by lowering her front legs while her hind legs remain in a standing position. She probably does this every time she wakes up from a nap as she stretches. You can call this a “bow” if your dog is male. My dogs are lovely ladies, so I call this their ...

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Dog Product Reviews To Help You Shop

Shopping for new dog stuff is one of my favorite things to do – and I bet you feel the same way. Companies often send us their products to review, and I may receive compensation for my review posts. I only feature products I love and recommend.

My reviews are honest and as thorough as possible, including the pros and cons of each product. I hope to make it easier for you to find the very best to spoil your pets.

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Chihuahua Madness

As one of the most popular dog breeds (and the second most surrendered and euthanized in shelters,) Chihuahua madness is a very real phenomenon. These little dogs are taking over our homes and our hearts.

  • 12 Signs Your Chihuahua Needs To Go To The Vet (0) Signs Your Chihuahua Needs To See A Vet Dogs get sick for many different reasons. Your pet may have consumed food that did not agree with their stomach or they could have gotten into something that is fatal to their health. In any event, your Chihuahua cannot tell you what they are feeling or where they are hurting, so you need to be aware ...

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