|Barked: Tue May 24, '11 8:45am PST |
|Lil Bear is my 3rd eskie, and my first puppy. He is just now beginning to settle down (he will be 2 tomorrow). If you get a puppy eskie, I would STRONGLY urge you to use a crate while you are gone at work. Especially for the first 2 years.
Lil Bear can be obnoxious with other dog but he does make friends with some too. It depends on the other dog and what Bear decides. WARNING--Eskies form their own opinions and make their own decisions. They are head-strong.
As for children--SOCIALIZE, SOCIALIZE, SOCIALIZE!!! Take them to the park, around schools, nieces/nephews birthday parties, and babysit children in your home. Eskie do become territorial about their people (pawrents). My last eskie had to be re-homed (that's how I got him) because he would/could not adapt to the new baby. As the baby became more mobile the problem got worse. He was having to be separated from the family which made him & the family even more miserable.
I love the breed and the 3 that I've had. They are so full of personality and energy. They are lots of fun but you need to know how to work with them. They were bred to be "alarm" dogs. They bark at EVERYTHING! They do not respond to harsh discipline. Positive, consistent training is important.
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