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. 

  • My Small Dog Won’t Poop Outside In The Winter… Is All Hope Lost? (3) Get your small dog to poop outside in the winter snow #positivetraining #chihuahua This week, Matilda pooped inside the house. Twice. As a dog blogger, I was at first ashamed, then appreciative for the opportunity to explore an issue that I know a majority of small dog owners will be facing this winter. I also couldn’t blame her. She had both accidents on top of the stairs, probably when her ...

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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.

  • Why I Choose Positive Training (0) Why I Choose #positivetraining for my dogs I call Little Dog Tips a blog about “positive training for small dogs,” but until now, I haven’t quite defined positive training, what it means to me, and why I choose to write about it. Positive training is short for positive reinforcement training. It relies mostly on the use of rewards for training behaviors, as well ...

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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.

  • Sleepypod Review/Giveaway – The Safest Way For Dogs To Ride #sponsored (10) Some of my fondest memories are of my dogs sticking their head out the car window, squinting into the breeze and getting a good sniff of environment as it rushed past. I also remember when I was driving one night, and Matilda was nervous about sitting in the front passenger seat, so she hopped into my ...

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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.

  • Does Your Chihuahua Have A Soft Spot or Skull Molera? (2) What you need to know about soft spots/ moleras in ChihuahuasSeeing an infant’s creepy soft spot is just one of the many reasons I’ve chosen dogs over babies. It gives me the willies to see a baby’s pulsating head hole. It’s a reminder that, with one tiny mistake, you could give a baby serious brain damage for life. Eeek. So, dogs it is. However, I recently ...

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