Your Terrier Puppy

Terrier puppies learn quickly and make great pets.

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Bred for hunting small game such as rodents, rabbits and foxes, terriers are tenacious and high-energy, rebelling against authority and showing aggression more easily than any other breed group. When riled, they do not back down easily. However, they do learn quickly and, if given proper guidance, socialization and obedience training, make great pets.

Due to a terriers tenacious nature, it will be very important to involve your dog in as many social activities with other dogs and people as possible. Without this exposure, he can become aggressive toward strangers and other animals. Never praise your terrier for any type of growling and refrain from playing tug-of-war with him, for this increases his prey drive to dangerous levels. Games of fetch are the most productive. Also, you will need to practice removing things from your dogs mouth and replacing them with alternative objects. A terrier can become possessive/
aggressive if allowed to steal and keep an off-limits item, and he must be taught to let go when you try to take the object away.

Reprinted from Training Your Puppy in 5 Minutes © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.


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Shannon   Surprise, AZ

8/14/2011 2:29:55 AM

We just lost our beloved male Westie at the age of 17. We have a six year old female. Westie's are a wonderful pet. They can be very stubborn and you must never let them win or you will be in trouble. They are extremely smart,loving,active,easily trained,funny little dogs. Our male wasn't fond of small children but our female loves them. They will remain very close to you and they love human companionship. So if you are looking for a dog that will stay by your side the Westie is the dog you are looking for.

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Makayla   Philidelphia, PA

7/10/2011 4:45:55 PM

My puppy is NEVER aggresive. Andd she is a black terrier mix.

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Sarah   Sherwood, AR

2/18/2011 9:34:48 AM

Is there any way to break a male Jack Russell Terrier from marking things? He is so possessive. He marks everything as

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Yvonne   Chesterfield, MO

1/16/2011 2:39:08 PM

Alice from Coldwater, I enjoyed your sentiments about your Cairn terrier. You are so right, they are very special dogs. My Miss Molly is fifteen years old and when she was a puppy I also called her my Cairn terror. There is just so much spunk and love of life in these little friends. Your baby will keep you young! Enjoy every minute. I am 60 and Miss Molly has been the best fountain of youth ever! Take care.

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