Feb
28

Terriers Make Great Companions

Terriers are great dogs. There are many reasons to like them. To start off, they are all small dogs for the most part. There are some obvious exceptions such as Pit Bull Terriers, but many of them are pretty small amongst the terrier dog breeds. This means that they make decent indoor dogs. Some small examples would be Scottish Terriers, Westie Terriers, and Yorkie Terriers which are one of the top 5 most popular dog breeds.

It used to be that Terriers were bred for hunting and killing vermin. Terriers are brave and tough dogs, even the small ones. This is a trait all terrier dog breeds have.  Terriers are courageous and loving at the same time. There are many terriers that are amongst the most popular dog breeds in the world. However, most all of them have a lively and sometimes hyper personality. All it takes is some training and they can become obedient and loving dogs that make great companions. A little TLC and you can have a very sociable and well mannered dog as a companion. Certain Terriers like Jack Russel Terriers can be trained as working dogs. These dogs are all great companions and will enrich your life. Each terrier type seems to have their own distinct personality trait, but in the end, they are all wonderful dogs.

The best part is that they love it as long as you train them right and use rewards as incentive for training purposes. A harsh hand is greatly discouraged since it will only cause fear in your dog. That is why positive reinforcement is best. You can do wonders with a few dog treats and some patience. If you have one such as a Yorkie or Westie, it is fun to pamper them. Getting them a fancy bed, or a fancy collar is always fun. Then you can take them out when the weather is warm and make all the other dogs jealous.

Feb
05

Boston Terrier Dog Breed On Excessive Chewing

Among all the terrier dog breeds out there, the most notorious one when it comes to excessive chewing is the Boston Terrier. And I can safely say that Boston terrier and chewing goes hand in hand. Some Boston terriers like to chew because they like it and other times they do it out of sheer boredom. Here are some info about Boston terrier dog breed on excessive chewing.

By now it may be obvious for you because destructive chewing – or any kinds of dog chewing to be exact – is destructive. But the thing is that Boston terriers are gifted with really durable jaws coupled with pointed and ultimately sharp teeth. So why does Boston terriers do such thing? Here are three reasons.

The first reason is that it is just innate for Boston terriers to chew on something. Boston terriers actually find it as a sort of activity that is really fun to do. And after chewing they will feel really rewarded for doing so.

Another reason why Boston terriers chew it is because they are lonely. When you, his master, is away or is busy at the moment he must find some things to do and because they find it fun, they tend to side on chewing.

The third reason is that Boston terriers are pent up with energy. And when they do not have their regular exercises they need to take that energy out of their system. That is why they resort to, you guessed it, chewing.

Nov
30

A Few Helpful Tips for Walking your Dog in Winter

When it drops below freezing outside, it is important to be ready ahead of time. If you live in part of the country that gets snow or freezing rain there are some things you can do to make things easier when walking your dog. When it snows more than 3-4″ outside, it obscures everything. Walking on slick icy sidewalks is dangerous. Those that live in an apartment complex have the most difficulty, so here are a few ways to deal with it.

1. If you live in a home with a grassy front or back yard, make sure to shovel a path for your dog to do their business. This is especially important if you have a smaller dog. That way, it is easier to pick up when they are done, and they don’t get as wet and cold. If you live in an apartment and have close access to a grassy patch it is a smart way deal with this.

2. Get some ice melt. Making sure that the concrete path is not slippery is important. This is especially true if you have to walk on a side walk to take your dog potty. Clearing a path will make the neighbors happy too. Many times the apartment manager won’t do this, and will just tend to the parking lot only.

3. Always have a flash light when walking your dog in the dark. This is true even if you know your surroundings as black ice is sometimes tricky to spot. That way there are no accidents.

Jan
24

Consider a Pitbull for an Excellent Companion

Yes, you read the title correctly. Of all the dog breeds out there, few have the bad reputation that these do. Everyone has heard reports of incidents regarding these dogs, but there is plenty of misinformation out there as well. First of all, these dogs when raised in a loving environment almost always wind up being a wonderful companion. When people take them and try training them to fight other dogs, or they are abused, they just like any other dog winds up with behavior issues. Thus, they are the most wrongly maligned of the Terrier breeds.

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For the unfortunate stories you hear out there of incidents regarding these dogs, there are way more positive stories. Pit bulls happen to be extremely fond of children by nature. They are fun loving and very gentle. What intimidates a lot of people is their stocky build. Yes, they are strong and muscular, but that doesn’t mean violent. There seems to be a bad apple in every bunch, but for the most part, unless there is a history of abuse, most of these dogs grow up to be great companions. Their character is usually defined with terms such as affectionate, friendly, courageous, clownish and so forth. Terms like violent and deadly are not in the description list of most sites I have ever visited. Therefore it is unfortunate to see so many of these in your shelters as people often times avoid them. So if you are looking for a medium/large dog, you could do far worse.

Oct
03

Preparing your Dog for Cold Weather

Yep, it is that time of year again. The leaves are either a beautiful shade of color, or have fallen from the trees already. This of course signals that colder weather is about to set in. And unless you live in one of the few parts of the country that gets to enjoy 60-70 degree weather December through February, now is the time to get ready. Since this site is mainly about Terriers, it is assumed that most of you dog owners, (that own Terriers) keep them indoors. For those that don’t, there are extra precautions you need to take.

If you let your dog sleep outside, there are a couple of ways to ensure that they stay warm at night. The more expensive way is to invest in a heated dog house. The more convenient option though is to make a place for them in the garage and keep a portable heater handy. Making sure that their water doesn’t freeze is critical, and both options should take care of that. It is not uncommon to let some long haired dogs sleep outdoors as many can take colder weather better than other breeds including Huskies, Newfoundlands and others.

Other than that, it comes down (for most Terrier owners) to walking them and enduring the weather. Fortunately, there are a wide number of places that sell doggy coats. Not only are many of them warm, but look for ones that are water resistant as well. Also, though your dog may initially hate it, a set of doggy boots is helpful to keep their pads from getting too cold. It is indeed funny to watch them the first few times they do “the dance” when you put them on. I can testify from experience that when the temperature drops below 20 degrees or so, our dog hates to walk on the cold cement as evidenced by the way he reacts to it.

Having an indoor dog eliminates most cold weather issues, but getting some quality gear ahead of time is a good idea. You don’t want to wait until it is too late and make your dog suffer when having to take a walk in the bitter cold to go potty.

Sep
09

Introducing the Australian Terrier

Among all of the terrier breeds, the Australian terrier is not quite as well known as say a Yorkshire, Airedale or Russell terrier. However, they are very lovely little dogs and have quite a few great traits that make them wonderful companions. Australian terrier

They generally get along well with kids and with a little training with other dogs as well. Their personality is mostly upbeat and energetic. They are quite smart too. When trained properly, they adapt to most any environment and learn pretty fast. They usually don’t get much over 16-18 lbs in size, unless you over-feed them.

They have a mostly a blue and tan or reddish colored coat that is kind of rough to the touch. Another positive attribute is that they are not excessive barkers, although they do bark for most other standard things most dogs bark at. This includes people knocking at the door, wanting to play and things like that. You can expect a life expectancy of upwards of 12 to 15 years or so.

Aug
29

Mixed Terrier Breeds

There is a growing number of different breeds out there and for terriers it is no exception. In many cases, this is not a bad thing, but sometimes it can be. Generally, you want to make sure that if there are two breeds that have been mated together, that they are generally around the same size. This helps to ensure that the litter is a healthy weight. Another thing is to try to make sure that there are no resounding differences.

Such differences could include a breed with a long snout versus one with a very short snout. This could possibly lead to the offspring potentially having breathing troubles. The lesson to be learned here (as is with many different things in life) is that just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you should.

So if you are interested in getting a mixed breed dog, it is best to do a little research first to see how widespread the breed is. Check and see how their general health is and common behavioral patterns, etc..

Aug
17

Dealing With Yorkie Behavioral Traits

Picking the right canine companion can be a difficult choice. It you are looking for a small one, then a Yorkshire Terrier might work out well for you. They are the most popular of the toy breeds in the US. Cute Yorkie

Before you get one though, there are some things that you need to consider. It is crucial to properly correct a few negative personality traits that this lovely little dog usually has. With a little work, it can usually be done in a month or 2 if you are consistent. Then you get to enjoy the benefits for the rest of their lives.

1. They have a tendency to be yappy (sometimes very yappy).

It is crucial to train them when they are still puppies when it is and is not appropriate to bark. Since they are often leery towards strangers, it is important to socialize them and have them meet your neighbors. After a while, it will start to recognize them and not bark at them as much.

2. Socialization

This word was mentioned in the above paragraph, but let’s define it a little further. You need to have your dog meet and greet other people and ALSO other dogs, especially ones around their size. Take them to the local puppy park. Find friendly neighbors on your block that have small dogs, etc.. and have them interact. It is helpful to eliminate much of the stand-off behavior.

3. No Fear

Yorkies are naturally very sensitive and pick up well on the feelings of their owners. That is why it is a bad idea to be over protective of them. Hence, as was mentioned above, properly socialize them.

If you take some time and work at these 3 common issues, then you will have a much happier little dog for the long run. You will also have less annoyed neighbors as well.

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