Darcy was awfully smart. You could almost see the wheels turning in her head as she watched everything going on around her, taking it in and storing it for future reference. In many ways, she was very easy to train, but because she was so low to the ground--the typical Cavalier stands only 12 to 13 inches at the shoulder--it was sometimes difficult to get and keep her attention, especially when she was walking on leash. Small dogs can have other training issues as well.
That's why we've invited Maryanne Dell, CPDT, to be one of the speakers at the 2010 Darcy FUNDay. Maryanne has small dogs herself, including a Tibetan Spaniel, one of the cousins of the Cavalier, and she has lots of great tips on getting the most out of training sessions with a diminutive dog of any breed or mix.
If you're interested in learning more about training your small dog, sign up now for our event. It takes place on Saturday, October 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Passionate Pet in Irvine, California. Early-bird registrations are $25 before September 17; $35 after that date or at the door. For more information, e-mail Kim Thornton.