Don’t underestimate your Boston Terrier. If he has curiosity written large all over his face, and he wears a fierce, tough look, the combination could spell some fun for you, if you’re game for it.
Your Boston Terrier, you’ll find, is usually very happy to play a game of fetch and can be just as happy nestling right next to you and enjoying a lazy time.
They make lively and loving friends, besides also being communicative in their own way and protective of you too.
No wonder they make for loyal companions and excellent watchdogs.
If you socialize your Boston Terrier pet really well, you’ll find him gravitating towards your kids very naturally.
Of course, as with most pets, you shouldn’t really leave your Boston Terrier unattended with babies or toddlers as an accident could easily occur.
If you use positive reinforcement, you can train your Boston Terrier very easily.
Besides, your pet also makes for a wonderful obedience competitor or companion for people with a hearing problem.
TYPICAL BOSTON TERRIER BEHAVIOR
BREATHING AND SNORING
Due to this, your Boston Terrier causes noise while sleeping or snores. His snores can annoy his master if he is a light or difficult sleeper, but on the other hand, if you are a true Boston Terrier lover, you’ll love him especially just for this quality.
This is one more Boston Terrier-specific problem that you, as an owner, will have to contend with.
Reverse-sneeze may sound like an asthma attack but is the action of the dog sucking air back through its nose in order to clear his nasal passages.
Did you know that the word terrier comes from the French word terre, which means earth?
The connection between this breed and the earth dates back to its love to dig the earth.
Your Boston Terrier, as you perhaps know, loves to dig under fences, your lawn, Iris bed…you name it, he’ll dig there. Much as you might like to put an end to this habit, I don’t think you can, because it’s really in his blood.
Literally, Boston Terriers need to “chew on” something while their minds race on and on thinking of a whole range of things. So, it’s no wonder that they chew just whatever comes their way.
To avoid this, however, you could distract their attention by giving them toys to chew instead of picking on your shoes, drip pipe or socks.
You needn’t worry about the peaceful nature of your Boston Terrier— he’s non-aggressive.
In fact, his USP is his outgoing and genial manner. It is, however, very rare that you find a hostile Boston Terrier who hates meeting people and proves that by biting you.
True, there are occasional bad eggs everywhere and in every breed, but when you come across a badly behaved Boston Terrier, you can, in all honesty, put it down to bad breeding.
Early in a pup’s life, he should be socialized and taught manners.
You don’t need to be abusive with him, just do it effectively and quickly and you’ll be in a better position.
IF YOUR BOSTON TERRIER TURNS VICIOUS
If vicious, he needs obedience training because then he can meet other dogs and people and work out his aggression.
The give-and-take between you and him in an obedience training class will give you the necessary skill to communicate to him that he must behave the same elsewhere as in class.
Though not very aggressive, the typical Boston Terrier is an excellent watchdog. He is excellent at letting you know there’s someone at the door with his loud barking and loads of excitement.
So don’t be fooled by his diminutive size and serious demeanour.
YOUR BOSTON TERRIER AND OTHER PETS
You’ll find that your Boston Terrier is an extremely social animal and loves the company of other four-legged friends.
He gets along with other dog breeds, though his expression can be a turn-off to older, grumpy dogs.
For instance, he is fascinated by cats and usually is a great friend of neighbourhood cats. Though he may love playing with cats, if he does come across a cat that doesn’t care to be friends with him, he will give chase.
Sometimes, this can land your Boston Terrier in a soup as the cat may scratch him in the eye—a dangerous situation for your pet.
He has a typical “little big man” syndrome and usually finds it tough to back off when challenged or stay away, often leading to a face-off.