6 Things All Little Dogs Need

Even when you find a pet product labeled “One Size Fits All”, they rarely do.

Dogs on both ends of the spectrum, from the giants to the teacups, need special gear. For the tiny tots, safety reins supreme (even though cutesy comes in a close second). No tiny dog lover should be without these products.

Booster Seat

Just as small children need booster seats, small dogs need one too. Car seats for little dogs work the exact same way as a child’s booster seat, elevating the dog to be safely contained and secured in case of an accident while allowing your pup a view of the scenery from his perch. For dogs up to 30 pounds, Kurgo’s Skybox Booster Seat contains the pup safely and securely when clipped into the crash-tested tether, and installs on the front or back of a bucket seat.1



While there are some carriers that double as car seats, which could save you money, many carriers have not been crash-tested. Plus, if you’re a frequent flier, you need to get an airline-approved carrier to tote your tiny companion. Sleepypod Air is designed to comply with airline regulations and is crash-tested, so it can travel safely in the taxi with you when you reach your destination. The design includes a slot along the side that allows you to slip the carrier over your luggage handle to wheel your pup around airports in comfort.2



Most people default to a leash-and-collar set for their tiny pup. However, some small breeds fare better on a harness instead. Consider short-nosed small dogs like pugs. The harness takes the pressure off their neck, allowing them to breathe a little easier. A back-clip harness is best for these guys. Likewise, with long, small dogs like the dachshund, a harness can provide support for their backs. EzyDog makes harnesses with a solid chest plate for extra support all the way down to size XXS.3

Grooming Tools

Pick the right tool for the job. Tiny dogs need proportionate tools, like the appropriately-sized brushes from Li’l Pals. But grooming the little ones goes beyond brushing, and grooming tools are often grossly oversized for tiny and teacup dogs. When selecting tools, in addition to the brush, look for a small, functional toothbrush. Instead of struggling with nail clippers that have an edge bigger than your pup’s toes, use a set of human toenail clippers.4

Healthy Food

Little dogs and obesity often go hand-in-paw. Pick a healthy food like The Honest Kitchen, and skip those decadent treats. Tiny pups can master the cute, sad eyes and beg for lots of yummy bites. Resist! Or opt for healthy, whole food treats like chopped-up carrot.5



Depending on your little dog’s toy propensity, picking the right toy is a matter of adjusting toy size to dog size. Dogs who are toy destroyers or power chewers can always go up a size; they’ll love the challenge. Gentle chewers or snugglers enjoy smaller toys. Be wary, though, because some little dog toys are actually too little for most small dogs and pose a choking hazard.

Meet the Author: Maggie Marton

Maggie is a writer and author, whose first book, Clicker Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pup was published by Open Air Publishing. When she's not writing (or reading books about grammar), she teaches writing courses to college students and professionals who want to nail down the basics of communication. Outside of work, she hikes, throws dinner parties, plays with her three dogs and cat, and travels as much as possible.

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