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|Barked: Wed Jun 27, '12 11:42am PST |
|Let me prelude my answers by saying I've always loved terriers, we have parellel personalities. There was a time when my best friend growing up had the most obnoxious, misbehaved, evil rat terrier on the planet. I vowed never to own a terrier, it wouldn't work, I thought.
Enter Pixie, THE most adorable ratty on the planet, dumped on our doorstep, and attached to our hearts.
- What is it really like to live with a terrier?
It's like waking up to a little kid that just drank a pot of coffee and is ready to ping-pong all over the house. A walk won't cover it... Maybe a walk then a half-hour of fetch a couple of times a day.
But between bouts of energy, they are the Snugglers of the house (speaking rat terrier here, they have a very, VERY loyal, "Velcro" personality and are comfort seekers for sure).
- Can you ever really trust them off-leash?
Pixie is fairly trustworthy off-lead, I'm still cautious, but she returns if I seem upset that she is leaving. I don't have a serious problem with her chasing things, though I don't ever give her that option. Even if she runs on the woods I always know where she is. She is too loyal to me to go far... No, really. SHE doesn't like when I'm out of her site.
- How hard is a wiry coat to care for?
I don't know. My terrier has a smooth, shiny coat!
- What are the best tips you can give for living peacefully with a terrier?
Training isn't impossible, agility is downright FUN! For both me and Pixie. That socialization which is IMPERATIVE for a terrier brings out all the FUN in these little dogs. Do some formal activity that makes them think they're playing, the training helps you gain repor, and them learn to trust your ability to lead as well as build an important bond.
Don't be lazy with them either. These AREN'T couch potato breeds, you'll have extreme behavior problems if you leave them at home to chill all the time. They'll find SOMETHING to do, and they'll drive you bonkers.
- Is dog aggression really that common in terrier breeds?
Yes and no. I think the severity here goes to the individual breed. I've met JRTs who have "doggie friends" (these have always been dogs who have a huge opportunity to work frequently, work being socialization and training), and I've met those that just won't be okay with another dog.
Pixie is 100% aloof with other dogs, she won't attack them, but she won't let them sniff her butt either. She does great with our other two dogs, but she is definitely bossy with them.
- Do they have an "off" switch, and if so, how much exercise does it take to activate it?
Pixie zonks at about 9:00 pm, totally ready for bed no matter how much running and playing she did or didnot get that day. She also begs for a nap at the hottest part of the day. Her play times are 6:30 am until about 8:30, 10:30ish, and after 5:30. These are pretty intense, and we play an obscene amount of fetch, she is an awesome hiking partner, and will go as long as she needs to, refusing to wear out until we're in the car.
I do note that her energy is pretty stable, it isn't a matter of "tiring her out" but utilizing her play time. A half-hour of fetch goes a long way, but I'll still be asked to play again in a few hours.
- Do they make good apartment/city dogs?
I think so. AS LONG AS you work them somehow. You'll have to get outside, you'll have to play in the house, you'll have to go for walks, OR ELSE. LOL!!!
- What else should prospective terrier owners know about them?
They aren't right for everyone, and while there is a lot "scary" about them, it becomes routine and hardly noticeable by YOU when you get used to the rigor of it. Others will think your dog is a spaz, and you'll think, "Man, I'm in better shape BECAUSE of her! I love this crazy dog!" Terriers are adorable for a reason, and they will use their "I'm far too cute"ness to their advantage. You'll fall in love and others won't understand, as they'll be exhausted just watching her. Ignore them, and play with your dog. LOL!
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