How To Tackle Your Terrier’s Troublesome Side

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Terriers make fantastic family pets. Whether you opt for a West Highland Terrier, or a Jack Russell, these little guys have a lot of love to give. They’re excitable, passionate, and always on the go. So, they’re ideal for children who want to play all the time. Their independent natures also mean they’ll be happy to entertain themselves. It’s the best of both worlds.

But, many of us have heard people referring to Terriers as terrors. And, it would be naive not to address that accusation here. Despite their good points, there’s no denying that these dogs do have the ability to terrorize you if you let them. To ensure you reap the benefits without the terror aspect, we’re going to look at a few ways you can tackle your Terrier’s terrible side.

Take Training Head On

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Terriers have an amazing ability to learn commands. At the end of the day, they started life as working dogs. So, they’re ready and waiting for you to teach them their jobs. As such, you should start training as soon as possible. This is crucial, not only for curbing their behavior but also for teaching them the pecking order. Terriers, more than many other dogs, will take advantage of chinks in the pack’s order. You need to assert your role as alpha to achieve their long lasting respect. You could start at home by using resources like this dog training blog to get you off on the right footing. Once they’re old enough, it’s worth taking them to a class, where they’ll have the chance to meet other dogs, too. Remember to always reward for good behavior, and you should be on the path to success in no time.

 

Burn Some Of That Energy

 

For the most part, this ‘terror’ which we speak of comes from this breed’s endless energy. You’ll be hard pushed to find a dog with as much get up and go as a Terrier. So, keeping the terror in order is, in part, a case of burning that energy. As these are a small breed, many owners fail don’t realize the amount of exercise they need. But, long walks are essential for Terriers. These highly intelligent animals need the stimulation of a walk at least once daily. Otherwise, they’ll go crazy and take you with them.

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An Outlet For Their Natural Instincts

This is an aspect that many of us dog owners don’t like to think much about. But, Terriers were bred to hunt rats, mice, and so on. As such, they have an innate desire to run after anything small and fast. Worse, they develop a commitment to the cause. It’s testament to their intelligence that they don’t forget about a catch when it’s out of sight. They think about it, and try to hunt it out. This isn’t behavior you want your kids seeing. So, make sure your dog has toys which can mimic this behavior. Squeaky options, or mechanical mice, are sure to go down well.

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