Species group: Terrier Group dogs
A Cairn Terrier played the part of Toto in the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, and perhaps Toto's role sums up the Cairn's personality as well as anything else-- spunky, spirited, alert, and ready for fun. These short-legged dogs don't seem to know their own size. They're curious and ready to investigate, and they'll announce strangers-- traits that served them well when they were developed as a hunting breed in the Scottish islands.
Scotland's terriers were known simply as Scottish Terriers until 1873 when they were split into the Dandie Dinmont Terrier and the Skye Terrier. In 1909, some dog fanciers called this breed the Short-haired Skye Terrier, but this name was not accepted, and it was eventually changed to Cairn Terriers, a reference to the cairn stone piles where small mammals tried to hide from these hunting dogs.
Like all terriers, Cairns require responsible owners who will teach them who is in charge, but they are intelligent and they do respond to good training. Don't expect to toss them alone in a backyard to be a watchdog. They like to be involved with the whole family.
Appearance / health:
The Cairn Terrier is an active, working, hardy small terrier. They are strong though not heavily built. The overall shaggy appearance is similar to a fox. The skull is broad compared to the length with plenty of hair on top of the head. The strong muzzle is neither too long nor heavy. The nose is black. The eyes are set wide apart with a sunken expression, generally hazel or dark hazel in color. The ears are small, pointed, and erect. The tail is well covered with hair but is not feathered. The body is well muscled and strong.
The Cairn Terrier sheds little if groomed regularly. However, their coats require regular daily brushing to remove any dead hair and prevent a matted look. Bathing is done on a monthly basis. It is necessary for owners to check for fleas regularly. Brushing the teeth may be useful in preventing dog breath and dental problems.
Cairns require moderate levels of exercise to stay happy. Dogs can accompany their owners on short walks or a brief jog. Swimming is a good alternative for some dogs.
Cairns are prone to obesity. Hence, their diet must be monitored. Eye problems and allergies may occur in few Cairn Terriers. Luxating patella, a condition in which the kneecap slips out of its groove, is fairly common in Cairns and other small dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Cairn Terriers are noisy, mischievous, spirited creatures that love being busy either barking, chasing animals, digging up the garden, nipping at people's feet, chewing objects, and lunging at people and animals. Their hunting instincts are strong and they are capable of killing smaller animals. Other dogs may arouse suspicion in them and they may not hesitate to lunge at them. They are courageous and loyal, making good watchdogs if trained correctly.
They have a high learning rate owing to their intelligence and curiosity. Boring, mundane training routines are bound to fail with them. They need to be motivated and kept engaged. Early socialization and obedience classes are extremely important with this breed. However, owners may find that Cairns frequently forget or purposely disobey their masters if they are determined to do something.
Some Cairn Terriers seem to bark for no reason, which possibly indicates boredom. Along with good training, owners need to keep them busy.
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Hi, My name is Ashpie and I just got a dog named Buddy! He brings so much joy into my life and helps me not to be so bored anymore. Buddy keeps me so busy and is a great way for me to stop thinking about food all the time and do something fun. I used to feel so lonely and bored and I think I ate just because I was bored, not because I was hungry. But now, Im too busy to eat! I get lots more exercise with Buddy.
My Dad said I could get a dog if I would take care of it and be responsable for his care. We picked up Buddy at the dog pound so he didn't cost us lots of money. We had to paid for his shots that's all. The minute I saw him, I knew he was the one. Once I held him, I knew he would be mine and I instantly named him "Buddy." He already felt like a good friend! Now, I had my very own dog and my very own responsability.
When Buddy was a pup, I had to teach him to go to the bathroom on papers and outside. He would wake me up really early by barking at the foot of my bed so I had to get up and let him outside. Then he climbed back to bed and snuggled with me. He was so warm and cozy and we both fell back fast asleep.
Now Buddy is all grown up. Here we are outside playing. I make sure Buddy goes for walks and that's a great way to make sure that I go for walks too. So, we both win! Buddy gets exercise and so do I. Because Buddy needs exercise everyday, I get good exercise too. I make sure Buddy gets lots of water when we come back from exercise, just like I do.Sometimes we walk down to Lake Alice, about 4 blocks away and go along the Lake. My Dad comes with us sometimes so I get to be with my Dad and Buddy at the same time. That is so great. Then my Dad gets exercise too!
Buddy likes to eat lots. Because he is growing he needs certain kinds of food. I learned from the veterinarian what to feed him and how much so I don't over feed him. Dogs are like people, they need the right amount of food and exercise to be healthy. This helps me to learn more about watching what I eat and to eat only when I am hungry.
Buddy does lots of tricks. Already and I've taught him how to roll over and to stop. He sometimes does it right and when he doesn't, I have to remember, he is only a pup. I give him extra hugs for rewards when he does a trick, not food. That way I don't over feed him.
Having Buddy makes me feel needed and loved. I would recommend getting a pet if you are lonely or bored. A pet can fill up your day with lots of activity and keeps you more healthy by exercising more. I feel better now that I get more exercise and I'm just happier. I don't think about loosing weight, I think about getting exercise, being more healthy and enjoying my new friend. I hope you like my story..
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From Jennifer Peters DVM DABVP canine and feline 29 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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