Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): BT
As you might guess from the name, the Border Terrier was one of several terrier breeds developed along the border between England and Scotland. The Kennel Club (UK) asserts that the BT has "exactly the qualities that are required for a dog that is expected to go to ground after a fox." The AKC calls the breed "plucky"-- a good word for a bold dog that isn't afraid to dig right into holes and crawlspaces. This dog is recommended to the energetic, athletic owner who enjoys lots of time working or playing with their companion.
They are affectionate and live for your attention. Focus on positive rewards while training them. It can be a tougher balance to achieve than you think, since they can overeat treats.
Appearance / health:
Border Terriers are small dogs with heads resembling an otter's head. The head is moderately broad and a flat skull with considerable width between the eyes and the ears. The eyes are dark hazel, and moderate in size. The muzzle is short and generally dark. A few short whiskers are characteristic of this breed. The nose is black. The tail is moderately short, thick at the base, and set on high.
The Border Terrier is a low shedder and requires moderate grooming to look as natural as possible. The major task is stripping the coat when it be comes dead and overgrown. Owners regularly brush their hair once every week. Bathing and shampooing is done only when necessary. These dogs have a natural coat that is resistant to dirt and weather.
They need good amounts of exercise. A walk or a jog is necessary for both farm dogs as well as dogs in apartments.
Border Terriers are a healthy breed suffering from fewer ailments than other dogs. Some dogs may suffer from heart problems, eye disorders, seizures, and allergies. They may also suffer from hip dysplasia, a condition characterized by badly formed hips that may cause lameness. It is necessary to do regular health checks on these dogs because they have a high tolerance to pain. A dog suffering from any disease may not display pain or discomfort.
Behavior / temperament:
Border Terriers have a good sense of hearing. Their hunting instincts are strong and they love chasing smaller animals such as rabbits and mice, sometimes killing them. It might be difficult for the owner to recall them when they are on a chase. They love to dig and can dig their way out of a fenced space. They thrive in human company, sometimes demonstrating their love by jumping or kissing them. Though they are generally gentle and well mannered, they can be aggressive and determined when on a hunt. They are capable of traversing through narrow paths easily. Food motivates them a lot, and can be used effectively to train them.
Compared to most terriers, they are easily trained because of their high intelligence and desire to please. Patient, kind training is necessary for this breed, as they do not take to harsh methods easily. They have a good learning rate.
They are spirited barkers and bark every time someone rings the bell.
trainable dog, affectionate companion, intelligent dogs, favourite pooch, funny, playfulness
squirrels, chasing, small critters, naughty boy Border, excessive exercise, strangers
soft undercoat, active dogs, strong owner, strong motherly traits
Tui: Border Terrier
Tui came to us in 2010 from a rescue shelter. She had a number of problems - she has a spinal curvature, an undershot jaw, and a serious skin condition. Because of these issues, she is often very smelly which means she needs to be bathed a lot. It is also important to mention that she is washed in a natural soap made from white vinegar, glycerin and dish soap.
Despite her stink, she is incredibly tough! She's been kicked by horses and walked away with only a yelp. Border terriers are tough and tenacious!
A favourite story of mine to recount of Tui is how she deals with rodents. One of our cats brought in a live rat and let it go in the dining room. We had a big sheep dog who came into the room, took one look at the rat, and hightailed it back the way he came. Tui bounded over to the rat, grabbed it by the neck and brought it over to me awaiting directions on where to drop it. I opened the door and pointed her outside where she dropped the rat and trotted back inside for a treat for a job well done!
Border terriers would be suitable as a family pet as they are fantastic with children and other animals. They are highly energetic, but can also be content to laze around in the sun. Tui gets walked every day for at least 20 minutes, and she also gets 2 or 3 longer walks for about 1 hour each during the weekend.
Tui enjoys playing fetch and tug-o-war with me, and is very easy to calm down after an intense play session. She is incredibly sweet-natured, and we have never had any problems with growling, snarling, nipping, or biting around food, toys, animals or people.
The best owner for this dog is someone who has the time to spend walking the dog (at least 20 minutes a day), and someone who is looking for a loyal companion..
From floweratmyfeet Dec 29 2014 8:22PM
Not sure if it's worth the cost
I tried probiotic powder for my dog for general digestive health, but it seems to have had little effect on her. I'm not sure if it's worth it because:
a) Dogs have really acidic stomachs (I think a pH of about 1?)-human probiotics come in capsules to help survive the acidity of the stomach, and I have no idea if the probiotics I gave my dog survived her stomach
b) They're very expensive for a still burgeoning field of science. It seems like most probiotic supplements I was buying for my dog contained the same strains found in probiotics for humans, but I very much doubt that dogs have bio-identical gut flora to humans. There doesn't seem to be a huge amount of information backing the use of probiotics for dogs; research seems to be recycled over from human use.
c) Most probiotics need to be refrigerated. Most pet probiotics come in powder form on the shelf. Wouldn't that make most of the strains dead?
I think they're maybe worth trying if your dog has general GI issues and you've tried everything else, but they didn't help my dog. .
From IngridV 7 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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