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If you’re new to Boston’s or even new to all dog ownership, we hope our bits and bobs BTBlog will help you enjoy your dog adventures.

While we have over 51 years of dog ownership and 22 years of Boston Terrier breeding. We do not claim to know everything and these are just our experiences and recommendations.

Beginning Smart!

When bringing home your new puppy, there are some basic things that need to settled right away. Boston have a special way of convincing you that they are much too cute for rules, and their occasional naughty behavior is displayed just to make you laugh hysterically. Sometimes this is the case, and BT’s are famous for doing stuff just to get you to laugh.

However, let’s talk about how you can be the best BT owner possible, thereby getting them to be the best they can be.

Before bringing your new pup home, think about where the puppy is will reside for the first 2 weeks. Read more >

First six Month with Boston’s

 

Getting a new puppy can be a incredible yet sometimes challenging experience. So here’s some of what you might encounter and look forward too. Keep in my mind that I am a very direct, no frills type of person and can only share what my own  experiences. 

Read here if you have just picked up your puppy and are in the first month of having him. “First Month With Puppy”

 

Okay, your now a month into having your little FBT heart stealer and your ready to begin with making your pup into a proper teenager!

Boston Terriers have a keen inner sense on how the human might work and now its your turn to know some of their “tricks” to get you to be the best human possible.

At around 12 weeks or so the puppy will be ready to learn understand most training and things around them. If early stimulation has been done, they are ready to listen to most things you say and interpret directions for reward, reward equals a happy human and a happy human equals a very loved dog. This concept is sometimes very hard to explain and I am not a seasoned blogger, so I appreciate your patience as I begin to write the last 25 years of Boston terrier ownership.

I will leave specific training and social explanations for another time. Here is the generalized experiences you most certainly encounter.

Eye contact communication is very in tune with the growing BT. If taught early a pup can understand your emotions and needs rapidly. They also able to play into your weakness and strengths as well. But the goal of every Bt owner is have a cohesive balanced life with a bt.

Example:

Sue comes home at lunch time to take her pup out to potty, snuggle and then back to work. Time is short and pup has learned in the last 5 weeks that this makes mom really happy. Pup does his business and frolics back for his snuggle.

 

Consistency 

The consistent schedule and training Sue has put in place makes for an all around happy family. In a Boston’s mind, the semi-predictable daily routine helps getting to each milestone much smoother. 

Bt’s are flexible for almost all situations and homes, but the more consistent all family members are with critical things will make a growing pup absorb more, therefore making what they can learn in a lifetime unlimited. 

Snuggle time should mean actual snuggling. Playtime should actually mean human and pup playtime. I refer to Doggy Time as the dog must play on their own without constant human interactions. New BT owners want to play with their dogs constantly, but the pup must be confident with alone time to be a balanced canine. 

Potty time must be down to business time. Don’t baby talk them or make overly eye contact with them until their Potty is done. I even go as far to turn my face away from them and repeatedly say “go potty.” The moment that the deed is done, smother them with praise and eye contact. 

All lessons and training you do for your puppy starts with you. They have such a huge drive to please you and learning about them is your consistent  job.

Example 2:

Sue comes home at lunch time to take her pup out to pee, snuggle and then back to work. Time is short and pup has learned in the last 5 weeks what makes mom really happy. Pup does his business and frolics back for his snuggle

On this day Sue gets a phone call and on the way to snuggling pup, but she gets distracted and Pup is set loose free in living room while discovering a new chew toy that looks like a high heal shoe. Pup grabs it and lays down to taste the yummy shoe. Sue see’s the pup take the first nibble and shouts at the pup. The pup now thinks this is a bark and dash game and his semi distracted mom is ready to rock! He does his cute lil wiggle and scoot and makes a small YIP! and  dashes off with the shoe.

Boundaries and Limits

All young mammals must learn their own sense of boundaries and limits. However, when a pup is adapting to a new family and house with all new rules, the responsibly of teaching him the consistent rules, boundaries and limits lays directly in the humans lap. In a Boston pups mind most new things and situations are a game and are put there for them to play with. They will take every opportunity to make their humans laugh and react to silly BT antics. Early on the pup learns when mom is distracted, the pup will play! Getting your attention is the perfect Bt plan anyway! They are like sponges, learning from you constantly.

I hope to be able to share some of the funniest short stories of this in the future. But for now, here’s what Sue should have done.

Example 3:

Sue comes home at lunch time to take her pup out to potty, snuggle and then back to work. Time is short and pup has learned in the last 5 weeks what makes mom really happy. Pup does his business and frolics back for his snuggle

On this day Sue gets a phone call and on the way to snuggling pup, but she gets distracted and Pup is set loose free in living room while discovering a new chew toy that looks like a high heal shoe. Pup grabs it and lays down to taste the yummy shoe. Sue see’s the pup take the first nibble and shouts at the pup. The pup now thinks this is a bark and dash game and his semi distracted mom is ready to rock! He does his cute lil wiggle and scoot and makes a small YIP! and  dashes off with the shoe.

Sue picks pup back up and puts him in his own playpen area and say “Doggy time!” and encourages him to play alone while shes on the phone. She doesn’t acknowledge the “Yip” or the the chewing of the shoe. She doesn’t react the negative behavior. Non reaction to bad behaviors and showing what the good is, instills the basic code of limits and boundaries. Any kind of reaction to a bad behavior is a win for the BT mind. Once the pup is nicely playing in his play pen with his toys, then Sue looks at him, smiles at him, and rewards his good behavior by verbal, facial and body language.

In this example, Sue made the mistake of setting pup free, but quickly solved the problem rather than escalate it. Dogs live in the “NOW” at a young age, and taking every “now moment” to teach yourself and the pup boundaries and limits, will ensure you both have an incredible balanced life together.

 

More to come…