Small dogs are easier to handle. They make smaller messes. They are less destructive. If they get out of hand, you can just pick them up and carry them off with you. When they jump on you, they don't ruin your favorite suit.
But a Toy Dog is still a dog. Don't let the word 'toy' in the title throw you off. And like all dogs, little dogs need training too.
For example, we were at the dog park today splashing around in the creek. I was skipping rocks and Millie was stalking them and trying to catch them. It has been her favorite game lately.
A lady brought her small dog. It was fully grown, very cute and very friendly and playful. BUT. This dog, we'll call her Lucy, was completely out of control. She got all wet and muddy and then proceeded to jump all over me - getting me all muddy and wet. Her owner kept calling her name "...Lucy...Lucy...Lucy...Lucy..." (as per my last post), but Lucy didn't respond. Just kept jumping up, trying to play. I told Lucy to "stop" and "off" and "no" sternly. Nothing. Lucy was completely non-responsive. I got out of there as fast as my now water logged and muddy sandals could carry me, with Lucy still following me and jumping all over me.
Now I know Lucy was friendly. I know Lucy was trying to play. And I was by no means wearing my best clothes to the dog park. But I did not appreciate getting all dirty. I did not appreciate a dog jumping all over me like that.
Why was Lucy not put on a leash right away? Why was she not controlled? Why does Lucy not know that no means no? Does being small give a dog license to jump all over people? I'm pretty sure the Lucy's owner would have been PISSED if one of my 85+ pound dogs jumped all over her. Even if they were clean and dry. Even when all they wanted to do was play.
The sad thing is, I see poorly trained small dogs all the time. My friend has one that is 5 years old and still not house trained. Not cool. She had the hardest time getting someone to take care of that dog when she was out of town. I wouldn't do it.
Don't let your small dog develop bad habits. Train it to respond to you, to come when called, to know the meaning of no, and to potty outside. I house sat a Pomeranian named Peanut that was trained like that. Coolest dog ever. He played well with dogs of all sizes, sat for his treats, played fetch and heeled like a champ. But Peanut grew up in a house with two big labs. His owners knew better.
Training is great for both you and your dog. It ensures that you and your furry friend speak the same language. It causes fewer problems. It causes less stress for both of you. Well trained dogs are happier dogs. Period.
So while I was walking at the dog park today, watching my girls play and my pants dry, I thought fondly of Peanut. And out of the corner of my eye I saw a dirty, muddy, and wet mess run through the bushes. When I turned the corner I saw Lucy's owner still calling "...Lucy...Lucy...Lucy...Lucy...Lucy...". She finally pulled her leash out of her bag. I think it was time to go home. Now all she had to do was locate Lucy and put a leash on her.
Yeah, Lady. Good luck with that!