In addition to the expertise in working with high-drive working breeds, P.U.P.S has become
equally sought after for working with small, working and non-working breeds as well.
Small working breeds, such as terriers, possess a strong work ethic and can be dominant
dogs with a lot of adrenaline. They are very intelligent and absolutely need physical and
mental exercise to be the best dog they can be. P.U.P.S understands that small, non-
working breeds are highly intelligent and often have finely tuned nervous systems and
adrenaline systems that need to be channeled productively. Small dogs can also possess
big temperament problems.
The biggest mistake owners of small non-working breeds make is treating their dog like a
cat. They tend to think the dog is too small or frail to go outside in the world. They try to
teach the dog to use a litter box or “wee wee” pads instead of going outside, resulting in a
dog that is never housebroken. (Most small dogs are given up to rescues and shelters for
housebreaking issues.) Not getting the dog out and about in the world also tends to lead
to an unsocialized dog resulting in fear aggression and anxiety. Owners tend to baby
these breeds as puppies. They tend to hold them all the time, especially when they are out
of their home environment or when the dog is uncomfortable with any situation and
displays unwanted behavior. This perpetuates the undesired behavior by teaching the
dog that it can avoid everything by being held if it displays the unwanted behavior which
often is frenzied barking and fear aggression or dominance aggression. The owner of a 90
lb. Rottweiler would never tolerate the dog snapping at “Dad” when he comes near
“Mom,” but for some reason the owners of a Maltese will often not only overlook that
behavior but often find it cute or endearing until the dog bites someone!
P.U.P.S has had great success with small, non-working breeds in all problem areas
including but not limited to: dominance, low confidence/shyness, fear aggression,