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. 

  • When Should You Take Puppy Pads Away – And Switch To Outside? (1) Is it time to take away the puppy pads? Here's how you'll know: It makes a lot of sense to use puppy pads in the first phase of house training. When your puppy is very small, her bladder control may be very weak, especially if you have a small or toy breed like a Chihuahua or a Yorkie. It’s better for your puppy to relieve themselves on an approved pad ...

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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 Are Dogs So Heckin’ Friendly? New Research Offers Clues (4) Why Are Dogs So Heckin Friendly? Dogs are a lifesaver for less socially inclined humans. Most dogs love nothing more than being around people, and many will even greet strangers with boundless enthusiasm. I can’t say the same for Matilda and Cow, who are wary of strangers and undersocialized, but even as far as “unfriendly” dogs go, they love being around people once ...

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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.

  • Delay Her Spay Heat Diaper/Breeding Prevention Harness Review/Giveaway #sponsored (21) Delay Her Spay #Sponsored Review and Giveaway If this is your first time seeing the Delay Her Spay harness, your initial reaction was probably similar to mine: amused, confused and skeptical. Yes, this doggy chastity belt really does keep your dog from getting pregnant, even though she may resemble a sexy dominatrix while wearing it. Seriously, though, this thing works! If you know about ...

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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.

  • When Do Chihuahuas Stop Growing? (0) When Will My Chihuahua Puppy Stop Growing? It feels like you just brought your puppy home yesterday – at the same time, you’ll be glad when that sassy, mouthy pup is fully grown. There’s no exact day on which you’ll notice your puppy has grown into a young lady. From her height, weight, bone structure, teeth and behavior, she’ll mature in many ways during her ...

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