|Barked: Wed Jun 27, '12 1:38pm PST |
|Sarah is part JRT/part beagle (or so we think). She is AWESOME! She does not have a lot of the terrier traits, but I'll answer for her personality.
- What is it really like to live with a terrier?
I love living with Sarah. She loves to snuggle and play. She gives me a reason to get up and go with her every day.
- Can you ever really trust them off-leash?
I trust Sarah somewhat off-leash. I know she will always come back to me because she is very attached. What I don't trust her to do is come immediately when called. I am worried she will get hit by a car. We go to off-leash parks that are not fenced, but only if they are far enough away from the road.
- How hard is a wiry coat to care for?
Sarah doesn't have one- she has a beagle-type coat.
- What are the best tips you can give for living peacefully with a terrier?
Keep them occupied! Train them with positive reinforcement, but be clear in what you expect. They learn very quickly and learn how to get away with things. For example, I make Sarah go in her crate to get fed. She figured out she could get away with only two feet in the crate! I tried the "be a tree" method for loose leash walking, and she learned to go to the end of the leash, then turn so the leash was slack, and that I would keep walk with her! I turned her in to a yo-yo!
- Is dog aggression really that common in terrier breeds?
Sarah does have "issues" especially with other females. This didn't start until she was around 2 years old. With the exception of a few specific dogs (former female fosters, and two extremely submissive females at the dog park), she never seeks out confrontation, but she will respond quickly. Sarah is like Paris in that play-fighting can quickly turn into real fighting (or at least a lot of noise). She has a "hair-trigger". That being said, she can go out in public, she can go on group walks, go to the dog park, and I can foster (males, or very calm females) with no problem.
- Do they have an "off" switch, and if so, how much exercise does it take to activate it?
Sarah is very laid back. She can get obnoxious first thing in the morning, but having other dogs to play with really helps. She plays fetch with me while I get dressed in the morning, runs around int he backyard, and then is alone while I am at work. I usually spend a good hour or so doing "stuff" with her every night. If I take her to the "dangerous dog park" for an hour, she will sleep the whole day afterwards- she exhausts herself running around, swimming in the river, and digging.
- Do they make good apartment/city dogs?
I live in the burbs in a house, so can't answer this one.
- What else should prospective terrier owners know about them?
Once you go terrier you'll never go back . Terriers love to learn and figure out how to make you laugh. They are always up to crazy antics!
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