|Barked: Fri Oct 19, '12 12:28pm PST |
|I'm a huge terrier fan. But to be able to live with them happily, you've got to understand that they were specifically bred to have that kind of go-go-go energy coupled with a never-say-die attitude. Especially the small vermin hunters like JRTs and rat terriers. I realize you've got a mix with a poodle, but they're not exactly known for being couch potatoes, either.
In other words, the level of energy you're now seeing might be with you for many years. They often don't slow down all that much until they're really in their advanced years, unlike many larger breeds. I see small terriers get to be upwards of 15 years old regularly. Unfortunately, taking your pup with you to see other calm dogs in a therapy setting isn't going to calm him down. Your pup needs lots of physical exercise and mental exercise provided by appropriate activities. Structure is important, too. These are very smart dogs, if you don't find a job for them to do they'll find one that probably wouldn't be on your list.
Try to look for a good basic obedience class and enroll. Be on the lookout for an activity your dog might like after that, suggestions like agility and flyball are often great fun for dogs like yours. Fun but also real 'jobs' for them, keeps their minds occupied along with their bodies.
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