October 24, 2014

How To Care For Border Terriers

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Border Terriers are excellent small dogs to be kept as a family pet. Border terriers tend to get on just as well with other animals as they do with people because of their great temperament. A border terrier is a good choice for first time owners because they are fairly easy to care for. Read on to learn more.

Border Terrier Info

  • Despite their small size, border terriers are quite energetic and need plenty of exercise. To give them a bit of extra mental and physical exercise every day you should set aside an hour or so to play with them. When they’re being walked it’s not uncommon for border terriers to stop and take a breather for a few minutes.
  • Like any dog, socialisation from an early age is important for a border terrier. They can be fairly stubborn though so you’ll need patience. Reward based training will prove to be more successful. As you would with any dog, begin with the simplest commands and then move the training forward from there.
  • Socialisation is a vital part of growing up for a young border terrier. It’s important to ensure that you introduce them to as many people and animals as you can. Make sure that the meetings are enjoyable and a good experience for the border terrier. Generally, border terriers don’t get territorial.
  • While they’re still puppies is the best time to introduce border terriers to other pets. They will get on well with cats that they’re raised with but due to their hunting instincts may not be suitable for houses with small pets like rabbits or guinea pigs.
  • The fur on a border terrier should be brushed every few days to ensure that any loose hair is removed and it looks good. Every six months or so you’ll need to strip out their undercoat. It’s personal preference but a lot of owners choose to keep their border terrier’s coat cut short.
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