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5 Exercises for Your Small Dog

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Finding a playgroup for some unstructured exercise is great for you and your dog -- he learns to socialize with other dogs, and you get to socialize with dog owners while he exercises. Talk about multitasking!

You'll probably find dogs of all sizes and shapes in your neighborhood dog playgroup, which can be a challenge for diminutive dogs. They run the risk of being accidentally stepped on by a very large paw. Or the roughhousing may get too rough, making a playgroup more of a frightening experience than a good time. Small dogs can also become aggressive when faced with a scary situation and what could be scarier than a dog 10 times its size getting up close?

If you aren't sure if the playgroup dogs have been socialized, or your pet shows signs of discomfort or aggression, try to find a small dog playgroup. To connect with other small dog owners in your area, check out the Small Breed Dogs Meetup Groups Web site. If there isn't one in your neck of the woods, why not start one?

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