The top ten features such dogs as the border collie, the poodle, the German shepherd, the golden retriever, and the Doberman. I never thought of the tethering idea. That usually means your bed, the couch, or some other place that you don’t want them to be. They tend to be very friendly with strangers, so be prepared to have social exchanges with others when you go for a walk. The results will be worth every bit of time you put into training your dog. These pups tend to take a gluttonous approach to life, so they will eat anything that they can find. Furthermore, the puppy may start to be destructive in your home or have potty accidents. For seniors who are looking for mid-sized dogs to be their companion, Boston Terriers might be a great choice. Crate training your Boston Terrier can prevent him from being destructive in your home when you are not home. When your needs are more about protection than companionship, then a different dog is going to be a better option. You bet they do. Boston Terriers love to chew. Meadow takes a breather on her daily walk. Boston Terriers is highly intelligent, with amazing intelligence to match and they are very loving and devoted companions. These dogs experience high levels of flatulence when their nutritional needs are not being met in some way. This destructiveness has now carried over to welcome mats, and the edge of the dust ruffle on your bed. The structure of their eyesight makes the dog more susceptible to corneal ulcers over time when compared to other breeds. I think you’ll find that your terrier will continue to test you daily, even a little bit, no matter how much obedience you drill into his brain. You can also use it under the edge of a rug, if your pet is showing too much interest in your nice rug. I’ve got to go now. Their size and love of sugary foods put them at a higher risk of developing canine diabetes in the future. This breed is a high-energy dog. He’s being so good that you can’t help but give him treats! I have two almost 2 year old boston terriers. I’ve got to admit that Meadow confines her destructiveness to the times that I’m home. 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.. We’ll get there. 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. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. It causes the dog to lean forward onto their forelegs, which makes the back develop an unnatural curvature that severely impacts the quality of life for the pup. While tethered to you, your destructive terrier cannot reach most forbidden possessions. Boston terriers need regular exercise and physical activity, but the level of activity varies from individual to individual. Boston Terriers don’t tolerate exercise well. If your goal is to have a pup that is a full Boston Terrier instead without regard to the heritage, then you can usually find a new friend for about $500 or less. But a tired dog is a good dog! But are there any differences when it comes to training? This group is designated the “excellent working dog” group. He knows that there are toys and rawhide chews that he should go and get when he feels restless and bored. I am a proud owner of a terrier who likes to give advice on how to prevent their destructive behavior. I’ve included some training links at the bottom of this hub. Enjoyed the videos, too. The head is … The AKC ranked the Boston Terrier as being the 21st most popular breed in the United States for 2019. 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. Then you must take care of their eye health and manage their walks appropriately to reduce the risk of an injury. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. It can be helpful to crate train this breed when they are puppies to begin the process of developing positive behaviors. Sometimes, instead of shaking your head in amazement, you just have to laugh at some of his antics. One or two times is all it takes. :). Tethering your dog to you is a standard method that many trainers recommend. The stylish “tuxedo” coat can be white and either black, brindle, or seal (black with a red cast when viewed in sun or bright light). A sensitive digestive system is also typical of Boston Terriers with flatulence commonly being associated with poor diet in the breed. It must be satisfying for a dog, like popping bubble wrap. Since they like short walks around the block or chasing a ball in the backyard, you can usually manage your expenses without much difficulty. Boston Terriers can be quite destructive if bored and many Boston Terriers have a tendency to dig. Boston Terriers are incredibly affectionate and people-oriented. After some training, your terrier will continue to act in the moment, but in a more controlled way. The parents of this pup are listed by the AKC as being the ancestor of all modern Boston Terriers. These dogs really love to please, which means you will find them full of licks and kisses when they want some snuggles. They are also emotionally intelligent. That’s just the nature of his personality. When Baby was younger, she loved to shed newspaper. Again, one or two times is all it takes. I wake up and wait to see what mess she has caused that night. You could even mount it on a window for security reasons. They won’t bark at the stranger who comes to your front door. Destructive Bostons. These two dogs seem to love destroying, chewing on furniture whenever no one is home. But don’t throw in the towel too soon. If he has toys that keep him challenged and entertained, he is less likely to make play things out of your personal possessions. You can work on training these behaviors out of your Boston Terrier with some time and patience. You’re going to have to be very determined with your terrier. If these dogs get bored, then they are going to become destructive. I suspect we dog people who own terriers have a chip missing in our brains. I know your terrier is cute. The Boston Terrier Rescue of Utah is one of the largest Boston Terrier rescue organizations in the United States and has saved the lives of many Boston Terriers. I'll have to try that. It also detects vibrations, such as could happen if a cat jumped on a counter top. Boston Terriers are an affordable breed to own. Luckily, Boston Terriers are small and can easily be picked up to maneuver and redirect their attention. I’m going to assume that you already provide enough exercise for your terrier. Boston Terriers are rightfully known to be dapper dogs, as their demeanor is sophisticated yet sporty. Has your terrier always loved to upturn the mat in your kitchen? Your terrier loves to rip up paper, and he does not care whether it’s a piece of scrap paper or a legal document. The pros and cons of Boston Terriers balance the social needs of the dog with their unique physical requirements. 3. I own all of these aids, and I recommend them all very highly. Don’t reinforce any bad behavior – only pet them for good behavior. You are going to need to provide your Boston Terrier with a high level of mental stimulation to keep them active and physical. This gives him something to do while you are teaching and reinforcing obedience commands. I know this too well. The Boston Terrier has a pleasant and docile nature. Boston Terrier’s Exercise Needs and Safety . 4. 6. They are obedient and not destructive. This is a canister that you can carry around with you on walks, if needed. Boston Terriers are one of the most social dogs you can bring home. 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Teaching your dog a complicated trick is a good mental exercise that may tire your dog (remember how you felt after you finished taking a difficult exam?) If that isn’t a possibility, then try to come home on your lunch break to play with your pup a little. He now exists to please you, and he will learn to live within your rules, boundaries, and limitations, as Cesar Millan often says. Or does he/she tear up paper once you have left the house? The animal was purchased from Edward Burnett, and it was a Terrier and Bull type of dog from that era. Now, some other breeds of dogs have the potential to be destructive. If your terrier exhibits destructiveness when you are out of the house, make sure that he doesn’t have separation anxiety. Boston Terriers have an impressive level of emotional intelligence. Be patient, and you’ll see results. It scares dogs badly, and makes them jump back. When they begin to learn respect, you can lavish your affection a little more freely. There's not a bathmat she doesn't want to carry around. Boston Terriers are very individualistic: Some are high-spirited and clownish, while some are calm and dignified, even placid. For our examples today, we will take a look at my own dog, Hoshi. These are some suggested ways to provide mental stimulation for your Boston terrier – Puzzle toys – see here for suggested puzzle toys 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. Your veterinarian can help give you guidance as to what will improve your Boston’s anxiety. According to the book The Intelligence of Dogs, by Stanley Coren, the ten most intelligent dog breeds do not include the terrier group. She will now be my constant buddy, computer-side! Boston Terriers are adaptable dogs that are just as happy living in an apartment in town, as they are living in a house in the country. About the Boston Terrier Boston Terriers are compact, short-tailed, well-balanced little dogs weighing no more than 25 pounds. It doesn’t just look pretty, though; it’s also designed for a bit of hidden toughness, as the top cushion is discreetly zippered onto the bottom, keeping it safe from destructive Boston Terriers who would love to rip it off and shake it around. The Boston Terrier loves to be around people. The little American Gentleman, as he was called in the 19th century, is definitely a lover, not a fighter, although males have been known to show their terrier ancestry with a bit of posturing when they feel their territory is being invaded by another dog. gracenotes (author) from North Texas on February 05, 2012: Eiddwen, thanks for your comments. Boston Terriers have shortened muzzles when compared to most other dog breeds. Talk to your vet about this. 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. Now that we know the exercise needs are being taken care of, it’s time for two things. One of mine likes to rip up toilet paper. I recommend her work. After a few times, you could probably remove the battery, and store it in a closet, or maybe loan it to a friend. 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. Boston Terrier. I still don’t have a solid and consistent “down” for Meadow, and we’ve been practicing for two weeks. Push the button on the pressure can, and with one brief spurt, you get the sound of compressed air escaping, or a hissing noise. They’ll reach a height of about 17 inches as an adult, with the maximum “normal” weight for the dog at 25 pounds. Written by Tracey. Scratching of the cornea can occur from a simple run at the beach or in a dusty backyard. 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. 7. Boredom is one of the main causes of behavioral problems in dogs such as barking, destructive behavior, and even escaping. The key is to provide enough mental stimulation and daily physical exercise to prevent boredom from setting in. But at least, you can greatly improve his destructive tendencies through obedience, re-direction, games, and exercise. 4. Boston terriers thrive in all kinds of homes. Boston Terriers are sensitive to the moods of their owners. 8. Boston Terriers will eat everything and anything that comes their way. The Boston Terrier ranks 21st on the most popular dogs in America, while the French Bulldog ranks 6th. It can take some trial-and-error before you get the right combination of nutrients in place, so be patient with the process. She seemed to prefer the sports section. 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. Nicknamed as the ‘American Gentleman’, Boston Terriers are affectionate pets with a very fun personality. They are gentle dogs, which makes them a good option for homes with children or senior citizens. This breed is a high-energy dog. 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! Due to their shortened muzzles, many Boston Terriers cannot tolerate excessively hot or cold weather and demanding exercise under such conditions can cause them harm. Try to walk your terrier at least once per day for 30 minutes. Initially, she enjoyed so much being loose and in the yard. It’s not that hard—honest! Does your Boston Terrier have separation anxiety? 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. To this day, Boston Terriers are a point of hometown pride. Pregnancies are prone to complications in this breed, and it is also notable that there can be complications when the dog is under general anesthesia because of their long palates and narrow trachea. I swear it seems like it's … You can expect that some retribution will come your way if they feel like you’re being unfair to them. I have to say that, early this morning, I got a phone call, and couldn't feed Meadow when I normally do. Boston Terriers are smart and failure to challenge their minds can lead to boredom. It’s the same thing that happens with some kids. But in general, the Boston Terrier is an altogether dapper and charming little dog. Because I want you to know that there is a reason why your terrier is harder to train. Their short coat will shed during the seasonal changes, but there are few issues that you need to worry about in those circumstances. gracenotes (author) from North Texas on September 01, 2011: I hope that they work on your "rottie", Felicity. The Boston Terrier is a dog breed that originated in the United States in the late 19th century. I love them to death but I might have to bring the kennel back out when I am not home. 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 own chihuahuas, and they can be almost as feisty. We have a VERY few Boston Terriers we breed. While the WFH bed doesn’t contain memory foam, it has a fiber filling that gives decent support. It’s what makes life exciting, right? Examples of good chew toys are high-impact rubber balls and rawhide chew toys. gracenotes (author) from North Texas on August 31, 2011: Thanks for your comments, lundmusik. 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. The Boston Terrier is named after the breed’s Boston, Massachusetts origins. We offer only a couple litters a year BUT we know they are some of THE BEST! This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. gracenotes (author) from North Texas on September 19, 2011: Getting them past the "rip up paper stage" is difficult indeed. Since keeping them outside isn’t an option for most people because of the physical needs of the breed, you’ll quickly discover that these dogs know how to get what they want because of their intelligence. Dedicate that ten days to working hard with your dog. 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. You want your dog to follow your commands, both inside and outside on a walk or on a Thanksgiving visit out of town. 3. How easy are terriers to work with on obedience? Hooper’s Judge is the dog that would become the foundation of this breed. That means many of them are unable to tolerate demanding exercise because they don’t have an adequate way to dispel heat. 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. That’s the way it is with any dog breed, especially in the United States. It also helps to brush their teeth a couple of times per week, especially if you feed your dog wet food instead of dry options. Keeping Meadow on-leash and working with her on obedience, I noticed a difference in her behavior within four days. Your dog really gets off on carrying small throw rugs around and shaking them. Their intelligence ensures that they can learn everything quickly. When a Boston terrier becomes bored, his behaviors can become somewhat destructive. The Boston Terriers also tend to be fairly mouthy when it is time to play, so that can be problematic with young children or guests who don’t expect the dog to come jumping at them. Glad you liked my writing. 1. If you want to purchase a puppy from a championship bloodline, then you’re going to pay several thousand dollars for the privilege of ownership. 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. Their lively, affecti… There are several personality traits that define this breed, with many of them being polite, playful, and funny. Do Boston Terriers like to cuddle? The Boston terrier are small in size, but they are affectionate and lively. I used it on my settee, and put it under a pillow, and neither of my dogs ever got on that settee again. This mixed-breed dog, with his dark brindle color and white blaze, became known as Hooper’s Judge. The Boston Terrier doesn’t bark or yap at most things unless they have a direct interaction with it that spooks them. But if you plan to bring one home a dog, barking is always something to consider. 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. You see, your terrier has always known that certain objects are off-limits. Both the Boston Terrier and the Pug are intelligent dogs who love to please. 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