|Barked: Wed Jul 23, '08 3:24pm PST |
My terriers are 11, 6, 3 males and 12, 6 for the females. Mine are all puppy mill survivors. Murphy is a very mellow guy. His ears were trimmed with scissors, so I expect he was in a bad fight in the mill. Bixby 11 thinks he's the Alpha male, but no one pays any attention to him. The 3 year old is Hucky and he hasn't an aggressive bone in his head. He also was injured in the mill and is very timid. Calie is 12 and basically takes no nonsense from the boys. She avoids conflict, but is right there to straighten everybody out...verbally. Shughi at 6 is my most active and mostly directs her grumpiness toward squirrels.
I'm assuming Fritz is neutered and Hammy is not yet. I'd plan with the vet to have that done at their earliest time. Cairns are really good at play fighting and sometimes people think they're serious. If you're sure they're grumpy, puppy will cause adults to be grumpy and don't show much respect to their elders. At the risk of having everyone yell at me, I like Cesar Milan. I taught old style obedience and we did not get the speed or quality of result he does. He would say walk them side by side 30-45 minutes a day minimum. Make sure thy have halters or harness and can't get away, clip the lead to you, and walk them.
I do protect favorite toys, feed in corners of the kitchen, and teach them how to play. A huge problem with puppy mill kids is not knowing social skills of any sort, including play. Basically, if you have watched normal cairns interact, you know what to aim for. It's not too early to hope yours will get along, to start aiming for it...but no 3 month old is ready. Maybe you can borrow an older girl to "police" them. Conservative estimates would put my older lady at 20+ litters and you know how to correct nervy puppies after that. She isn't a grump, but the boys pay attention to mama.
Jerry Barton Fort Wayne IN firstname.lastname@example.org
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