During the first two weeks, I predict you’ll begin to see your dog’s mind working. We offer only a couple litters a year BUT we know they are some of THE BEST! I'll have to try that. They are gentle dogs, which makes them a good option for homes with children or senior citizens. You could even mount it on a window for security reasons. We have a VERY few Boston Terriers we breed. You see, your terrier has always known that certain objects are off-limits. Is stressful and scary. They should be brindle, black, or seal with white markings when meeting the breed standard from the American Kennel Club. You may see your terrier hesitate for a couple of seconds, pass by the mat, and go get an appropriate chew toy instead. She seemed to prefer the sports section. Most of them live between 11-13 years, although it is not unusual to see some individuals reach the high teens. They are also emotionally intelligent. I let my Boston Terrier loose at night. But are there any differences when it comes to training? The AKC ranked the Boston Terrier as being the 21st most popular breed in the United States for 2019. These are some suggested ways to provide mental stimulation for your Boston terrier – Puzzle toys – see here for suggested puzzle toys I recommend keeping your dog on-leash with you for ten days to two weeks. Luckily, Boston Terriers are small and can easily be picked up to maneuver and redirect their attention. The first one, the Sofa Scram, is a great idea to deter dogs from jumping up on your sofa, or to make them stop removing throw pillows from the sofa, which is the problem I had. 3 There are several personality traits that define this breed, with many of them being polite, playful, and funny. If anything, they’ll greet that person with a wiggly body and a desire to be petted instead of alerting you to a potentially dangerous situation. Their short coat will shed during the seasonal changes, but there are few issues that you need to worry about in those circumstances. This is really easy to do if you are home a lot, but if you are employed, I recommend you do it when you are on vacation, with a week and two weekends to work with. Your dog is going to want to play when you get home, and they’re not going to take “no” for an answer. Since they like short walks around the block or chasing a ball in the backyard, you can usually manage your expenses without much difficulty. 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By the way, Meadow has been tethered to my belt the whole time I’ve worked on this article. They are gentle with children, elderly and even strangers. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog. It also detects vibrations, such as could happen if a cat jumped on a counter top. I love them to death but I might have to bring the kennel back out when I am not home. All dogs have a risk of health issues that can develop over time. Boston Terriers is highly intelligent, with amazing intelligence to match and they are very loving and devoted companions. One or two times is all it takes. He knows that there are toys and rawhide chews that he should go and get when he feels restless and bored. It would be fair to say that this dog is a lover, not a fighter, even though some breeders in the past tried to make them that way. This breed stays relatively quiet when you are at home. Their traits in this area are similar to that of a boxer, so you’re going to find a big pup waiting for you in a little dog’s body. For the Boston terriers, a few walks a day or moderate ball play is a better choice than long, hard runs. Sometimes, instead of shaking your head in amazement, you just have to laugh at some of his antics. But the terrier has a special talent for ripping up your house. She is very apt to start acting out when she has to wait too long to fill her stomach. Chihuahuas are very cute too, by the way. Does your Boston Terrier have separation anxiety? 3. If you give your dog a harsh tone or try to shame them into obedience, then you are going to see a lot of stubbornness come from your new friend. These dogs really love to please, which means you will find them full of licks and kisses when they want some snuggles. In reality, many Bostons chew up furniture, objects, clothing, and shoes because they are anxious or bored: apartment or condo-dwellers often leave their dogs at home uncrated most of the day while they’re at work. It must be satisfying for a dog, like popping bubble wrap. I don't have a terrier but my Labrador Maya sure gives me plenty of opportunities to do just that. Now, some other breeds of dogs have the potential to be destructive. The top ten features such dogs as the border collie, the poodle, the German shepherd, the golden retriever, and the Doberman. gracenotes (author) from North Texas on August 31, 2011: Thanks for your comments, lundmusik. You can work on training these behaviors out of your Boston Terrier with some time and patience. He continued, however, to show a lack of respect regarding your possessions, because either you weren’t consistent enough with your corrections, or his energy wasn’t drained properly, or some other reason that is patently obvious. This breed is a high-energy dog. You are going to need to provide your Boston Terrier with a high level of mental stimulation to keep them active and physical. She was destroying my furniture so I decided to keep her outside at night. Boston Terrier puppies are super sweet and friendly; they’re excited to see you and go on an adventure, though they can be stubborn. Push the button on the pressure can, and with one brief spurt, you get the sound of compressed air escaping, or a hissing noise. I used Bjelland’s book, Imagine Life With a Well-Behaved Dog as a guide. It can be helpful to crate train this breed when they are puppies to begin the process of developing positive behaviors. Talk to your vet about this. But the terrier has a special talent for ripping up your house. Boston Terriers have shortened muzzles when compared to most other dog breeds. The Boston Terrier is a dog breed that originated in the United States in the late 19th century. Yes, I had to correct this. Boston Terriers are smart enough to figure out how to open cabinets and pry lids off of containers. A sensitive digestive system is also typical of Boston Terriers with flatulence commonly being associated with poor diet in the breed. Don’t worry. Written by Tracey. It helps to have someone at your house, condo, or apartment throughout the day to reduce the problems that can happen in this area. I'm glad to say she has never destroyed furniture, though. Boston Terriers are a brachycephalic (flat-faced) breed. It’s what makes life exciting, right? And that’s mainly because he usually got a piece of your mind when he was observed with a piece of your mail in his mouth. I look forward to seeing more of your work. They won’t bark at the stranger who comes to your front door. Examples of good chew toys are high-impact rubber balls and rawhide chew toys. You don’t need to do much grooming with a Boston Terrier. 1. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. I am a proud owner of a terrier who likes to give advice on how to prevent their destructive behavior. She has to give me a reminder that she's hungry. This little alarm works best if you put it under a single object like a pillow or a piece of clothing. 8. It can take some trial-and-error before you get the right combination of nutrients in place, so be patient with the process. It’s the same thing that happens with some kids. Boston Terrier Vs Pug Training. Let’s face it—with their high prey drive and boundless energy, terriers like to pretend that they have a small rodent in their jaws, and they need to finish it off. gracenotes (author) from North Texas on September 01, 2011: I hope that they work on your "rottie", Felicity. And it's a loud, squealing alarm. It’s almost as if she wants more attention, and any kind of attention, even negative attention, will work for her. I never thought of the tethering idea. But a tired dog is a good dog! The next thing you should do during that two weeks is teach your dog obedience commands, or reinforce some commands he already knows. This is extremely effective. They’ll reach a height of about 17 inches as an adult, with the maximum “normal” weight for the dog at 25 pounds. You’ll want to avoid this issue by having the pup wear a harness with a leash that connects to the center of the body instead. That’s just the nature of his personality. I wake up and wait to see what mess she has caused that night. gracenotes (author) from North Texas on September 19, 2011: Getting them past the "rip up paper stage" is difficult indeed. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. gracenotes (author) from North Texas on November 06, 2011: Nature, thanks for your compliments. I own all of these aids, and I recommend them all very highly. You can train these pups in the agility ring because of their intelligence, but the individuals from this breed are not going to be accomplished long-distance runners. While tethered to you, your destructive terrier cannot reach most forbidden possessions. Don’t be like the woman in the video here, with her schnauzer. But if you plan to bring one home a dog, barking is always something to consider. These dogs like to have a spot that feels safe and a place to call their own, so this can be positive if you’re willing to be the leader. Initially, she enjoyed so much being loose and in the yard. Your dog really gets off on carrying small throw rugs around and shaking them. That means your pup is going to stay quiet most of the time, even when the two of you are playing. Boston Terriers will eat everything and anything that comes their way. However, we don't often consider a breed that is so ugly that it's cute — the Boston Terrier. Enjoyed the videos, too. Destructive Bostons. These dogs have a sensitive digestive system. When you have a fully grown Boston Terrier, then your dog is going to remain a manageable size for the average person. Above all, remember that you’ve got to change your attitude toward your terrier. A trip to the vet can help you to get some suggestions on how much to offer and when if you’re struggling with this disadvantage. I'd like to follow your hubs if that's ok.. you're welcome to follow mine too.... your comments on my animal hubs or any other of my hubs is certainly welcome! It’s not that hard—honest! The Boston Terrier is a low-maintenance breed that requires minimal grooming. The results will be worth every bit of time you put into training your dog. After all, you’ll see just about everything he does. Destructive behavior Boston Terriers with anxiety will need to have their underlying anxiety addressed. These dogs experience high levels of flatulence when their nutritional needs are not being met in some way. 4. Or does he/she tear up paper once you have left the house? Boston Terriers are smart enough to figure out how to open cabinets and pry lids off of containers. Another dog breed that I just love, by the way. The Boston Terrier is a lively, highly intelligent, smooth coated, short-headed, compactly built, short-tailed, well balanced dog, brindle, seal or black in color and evenly marked with white. While either one of these breeds is suitable for novice dog trainers, the Boston Terrier is the easier of the two. lundmusik from Tucson AZ on August 30, 2011: Thanks for this hub and all the great links,,, i've written a couple of hubs on puppies,,, the one on training is a pic of our 10 weed old chijuajua/doxy mix.. You’ll need to feed your Boston Terrier a specialized diet because their gastrointestinal tract is very sensitive. The Boston Terrier ranks 21st on the most popular dogs in America, while the French Bulldog ranks 6th. I know your terrier is cute. The Boston Terrier is such a sweet little dog, but you can’t really say what your puppy’s personality will be as personality varies quite a bit between individual Boston’s. They are obedient and not destructive. They are also friendly with other pets. Named after his city of origin—Boston, Massachusetts—the Boston Terrier is as American as apple pie and baseball. They’re cheerful and energetic, but also loving and kind – all the best qualities of a terrier. A simple tug on the collar can be enough to trigger wheezing or an injury when walking with a Boston Terrier. Some rescue clubs will even charge less if your home is deemed to be suitable for adoption. I suspect we dog people who own terriers have a chip missing in our brains. You’re going to have to be very determined with your terrier. You’ll want to purchase some clothing items for your Boston Terrier to help them manage the cold, but the attention they receive in their cute sweaters makes up for the minimal investment. Very informative! Scratching of the cornea can occur from a simple run at the beach or in a dusty backyard. While the WFH bed doesn’t contain memory foam, it has a fiber filling that gives decent support. Boston Terrier Puppies For Sale In New England. Boston Terriers are very individualistic: Some are high-spirited and clownish, while some are calm and dignified, even placid. 7. Boston Terriers are incredibly affectionate and people-oriented. Boston Terrier’s Exercise Needs and Safety . In 1865, Robert C. Hooper, a resident of Boston, purchased an English Bulldog–white English Terrier cross. The Boston Terrier loves to be around people. Glad you liked my writing. Their size is one of the factors that make them sensitive to changing temperatures, and their short coat won’t provide a lot of insulation from the cold. I'm presently working with a trainer in my home, and I will be purchasing a canine treadmill, since Meadow is very difficult to tire. These pups tend to take a gluttonous approach to life, so they will eat anything that they can find. Your dog may also be bored while you are gone, and if he doesn’t get enough exercise, that’s just asking for trouble. He now exists to please you, and he will learn to live within your rules, boundaries, and limitations, as Cesar Millan often says. How can I control this?? All dogs will bark at stimulating circumstances, such as when a squirrel runs in front and their prey drive kicks into full gear. The Boston Terrier is named after the breed’s Boston, Massachusetts origins. It’s absolutely essential that you drain some of your dog’s energy on a daily schedule before you can have one prayer of stopping his destructive tendencies. Oh what a great hub;I am so glad I found it on here . But at least, you can greatly improve his destructive tendencies through obedience, re-direction, games, and exercise. She will now be my constant buddy, computer-side! Keeping Meadow on-leash and working with her on obedience, I noticed a difference in her behavior within four days. Their intelligence ensures that they can learn everything quickly. Boston terriers are cheerful, sociable, active dogs, always ready to play. You can also use it under the edge of a rug, if your pet is showing too much interest in your nice rug. I still don’t have a solid and consistent “down” for Meadow, and we’ve been practicing for two weeks. Boston Terriers are seldom aggressive or destructive, however, a bored Boston Terrier is a mischievous Boston Terrier and far more likely to cause trouble than if they were properly exercised and mentally stimulated. Because of the specialized dietary concerns that are present with Boston Terriers, you will need to be careful about the treats that you give your dog. If you are not willing to be the pack leader in your home, then the Boston Terrier is going to take over that role. If you can give your Boston Terrier a healthy lifestyle and figure out a beneficial nutritional plan, then you can maximize the life expectancy of the dog. I have followed you as well. She sleeps in the balcony under cover, but lately she's been destroying everything she can. They make great family pets and companions. Training is a must, but sometimes a dog is going to do what a dog is going to do - and you're right, sometimes you just have to shake your head and laugh at their antics. I have two almost 2 year old boston terriers. They love to walk and sniff, as well as play with other dogs and are super excitable and friendly to humans. You want your dog to follow your commands, both inside and outside on a walk or on a Thanksgiving visit out of town. Boston Terriers are an affordable breed to own. My miniature schnauzer, Meadow, gets walked 1.5 miles every morning, and I plan to do even more daily walking once we get past this heat wave here in Texas. How easy are terriers to work with on obedience? You bet they do. The mini schnauzer is the only terrier in this smart group. Silver Poet from the computer of a midwestern American writer on September 18, 2011: I love terriers. But in general, the Boston Terrier is an altogether dapper and charming little dog. How smart are they? Is your dog destructive only when you’re at home? After some training, your terrier will continue to act in the moment, but in a more controlled way. 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