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09 May 2006 @ 10:24 pm
Naughty puppy!  
So, someone told me I needed to post these in boston_buddies so here I am! This is my 6 month old boston, Kiwi. She's quite a handful! I wondered if any of your boston owners had any advice for me? Is it just that she's young, or is it her, because we are having a hard time keeping her off of surfaces and out of things she shouldn't be in. Just today, she jumps on the chair and knocks things off the desk. While I'm cleaning that up, she runs into the bedroom and knocks a whole water bottle onto the bed, soaking it! She's so curious, but I can't watch her every second! What should I do? She has a lot of toys to play with, but she is not interested usually unless someone plays with her. I think she could really do with a playmate but we can't afford another dog right now. We are crate training her so she is in the crate during the day, and I feel bad about putting her in it when we are home. Any advice? I've never owned a dog before (brother's allergic) so this is a new
experience for me.

I am feeling: contemplativecontemplative
Loco Cervezaloco_cerveza on May 10th, 2006 05:27 am (UTC)
A very pretty dog. Does she have a little brown on her or is that just the way the light hits the fur in the image?
nexunexu on May 10th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
squeee!! oh the cuteness!!
I wish I could give you some advice, but I don't have a boston terrier, but I am in love with them!!! lol
beachlvr on May 10th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
What a pretty dog!

Zeus was pretty crazy until he was a year old, then he calmed down. He still has his crazy periods of the day, but it's just a few minutes as opposed to all day. He's almost two now, and mellowed out about 6 months ago.

We crate traned him and used it when we weren't home to control the chaos, but we don't use it much any more.
Fancy's Fool: major paul reveredina on May 10th, 2006 05:38 am (UTC)
Kongs- stuffed with cheese/lunchmeat/peanut butter or anything else Kiwi craves.

Other than that, I've found that a quick drive to the park and 15 minutes running with other dogs expends more energy than an couple hours of me trying to play with him.

Oh- they do calm down... eventually.
ashley jackson-pierceshesbeenelected on May 10th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
know all your enemies: dublinkelliee on May 10th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
how many toys do you have out for her at one time? i've heard that for some dogs if you have too many out, they get bored of all of them and thats why they look for other things to entertain them. maybe only keep like 3 out at a time and then rotate the other ones (and maybe some new ones) every wekk or so. or when you notice that shes going after things she should be.

if she never plays with toys on her own in general, try putting a tiny smear of something that smells good on a few of them and she'll probably get interested in them real quick. then praise her when she starts chewing on them and maybe she'll get the idea that chewing on her toys is a good thing...
Kellylablanquita82 on May 10th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
Have you thought about taking her to puppy training classes? I live in Michigan and my city offers them pretty cheaply. But I'm not sure if that's more for house training and walking on a leash, than behaving inside. Might be something to ask. Cute doggie though! We adopted a 4 year old because we didn't want to deal with all the puppy stuff. But sometimes I really want a puppy.
Kellylablanquita82 on May 10th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
And do you mind me asking where you got the BT mood pictures?
Courtneys0yl3ntgr33n on May 10th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
check out the boston_buddies userinfo
sherunsfree on May 10th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
she's so precious! i love her smile in the first pic :)

my dog is almost one and he is just CRAZY.. so i understand. hopefully they'll grow out of it soon :) good luck.
auburncowgirl on May 10th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
love the markings!
(Anonymous) on May 10th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
What a sweetie! Her brindle markings are so pretty.

My 1-year old BT is just starting to calm down now. I've found that puppy training classes, puppy/baby proofing the house, and LOTS of exercise help to keep her under control. You may want to try taking her on walks when you get home, it doesn't have to be far, but a quick pace and they'll usually sack-out for 30-60 minutes when you get back home. I open up my back door so she can wander in and out...she loves to just putter around in the backyard "investigating" everything.
scspainescspaine on May 10th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Darn it! I'm always forgetting to log in.
vixvix on May 10th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
This begs an interesting question as I have been starting to seriously contemplate my own BT search:

All you double-BT owners out there, do they keep each other pretty well occupied or is it double-the-trouble?

As a corollary, how many single-BT-plus-other-dog households out there would say that the two keep each other very preoccupied?
Cytherenestormwolfavatar on May 11th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
When our oldest BT was still with us, he and our younger BT got along swimmingly. The worst we had to deal with was the older dog trying to take off with the younger's booda-bone; apparently, he liked the fact that it was just wide enough to comfortably fit his muzzle. I guess it depends on the personality, though. We were also lucky in that our pups were related, so maybe that has something to do with it?
Amber: Ashtonchancepuppeh on May 12th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
Pretty little brindle girl you've got there! Ashton's also a full brindle.

Ashton got into EVERYTHING when he was a puppy (4 years old now). He was always looking for something to do or someone to play with him. He use to find clothes hangers, even when we thought we had them all out of his reach. He started tearing up water bottles at about 4 months old, and he still does it to this day.