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    Default The tenacious terrier again

    That sounds like the title of an Enid Blyton book...

    Despite me having so much on and feeling so stressed that I've been swearing like a sailor and having meltdowns at the drop of a hat, I agreed to look after my friends' JRT x this week. I really didn't want him here because he was a real handful the 2 times I've minded him before because of his obsession with the cats.

    But to my surprise, he seemed to remember the training I did with him last time I minded him for the weekend. He is definitely not as focused on the cats as he was and when he does start staring at them, I manage to more easily snap him out of it. He'll never be perfect around them I think, just because of his terrier temperament. This dog never seems to completely relax. I used to think I might like a JRT as a second dog, but I have changed my mind because of this one - though admittedly he's crossed with a Shitzu/Maltese or something.

    So I can't trust him to mingle with the cats unsupervised and have set up the baby gate again to keep them apart when needed. But he's pretty good with the supervised contact now.

    Banjo has been enjoying playing with him, but she does seem more prone to getting into trouble with him around. She ripped up a bale of insulation material the other day! And her bed - which she had not been tempted to destroy for a year. And somehow they managed to make the wooden gate completely fall apart yesterday. I felt like strangling them because I really don't have time for stuff like this right now. I ended up taking the day off today because I couldn't leave them in the backyard. But with lots of swearing I did a shoddy repair job and the gate will hold together for a little while.

    I will be happy to see him go though. I just don't particularly like him all that much I'm afraid...

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    Maybe I am imagining it, but it seems that 2 dogs get up to more mischief than one.
    That has been the case here anyway.
    They ripped out a whole philodendron bush, roots and all, possibly to get a beetle or something
    that was living in it. They were very methodical about it and it took them three days to do
    "the job". Not sure if the beetle escaped with his life.

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    Beloz

    It's ok to say "No". Repeat after me: "NO, I will not look after your dog again, and here's the bill for putting right the destruction from last time".

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    "I really didn't want him here because he was a real handful the 2 times I've minded him before because of his obsession with the cats." so you said?

    YES?

    protect yourself from yourself at next years request by stating on terriers collection, "you will need to find another arrangement for next time. I cant cope with them all together". That's fair, honest.

    sometimes we dont arf shoot ourselves in the foot. this is one of em.
    i do it too. and i kick myself for it.
    learning to say No, is a neat trick!

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    I wouldn't have done it for anyone else. But they were going on holidays for 3 weeks, had no one else to look after the dog for the first week, I agreed that putting him in a kennel for that long (or even combination kennel/other care) would be too much for the poor mite, but most importantly I know they would come through for me if I were really stuck and friends like that are rare. They were well aware of how inconvenient it was for me, paid me $100 which I didn't manage to refuse and stressed multiple times that if things got messy, I could put him in a kennel.

    But as I said, he's ok. Except that I dropped the ball on the supervision yesterday and he did get into a fight with our autistic cat. I didn't see what happened and couldn't get much of an idea from my daughter's description. He also got into a fight with Banjo. On my bed! He really is rather short tempered and he doesn't seem to have any qualms about launching an attack. No damage was done though and to my surprise the cat walked right past him this morning and they were both fine with that.

    I am kind of enjoying doing some off leash training with him too. Can't spend too much time on it, but he already comes running when I call - and he looks hilarous when he runs fast because his legs are weird, and he has just started to come check with me at regular intervals, very enthusiastically as I treat him for that too. His owners treat him well, but it is still a shame he never got any 'formal' training and socialisation. I knew him as a little pup and he was always very responsive and pretty smart.

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    Frosty has spent four weeks and two weeks and some more weeks in kennels. She LOVES the kennels. When I go to pick her up, it takes her a while to decide she wants to come with me really....

    Kennels are not so different to caravan parks and motels... for dogs... with loads of friends to play with...

    JRT are very handy agility dogs, provided no possums decide to join them on course - but then even the border collies can't help themselves.

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    I know what yo mean Banjo, about not saying no.

    have mats like that, with asshole dogs, that I will watch, because I know they will (ad have) done it for me when I really need it.

    I think you are doing wellif youare getting him to respond.

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    I used to love Enid Blyton books as a kid..

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    Now the next person supposed to look after him says she needs another week to settle back into home (she was only away for a week!) and says she will have him the week after. So I told her I'll probably just keep him for the full 3 weeks then. He has settled in now and is much calmer. I should've realised that adapting to living in a new home would change his behaviour. And I'm getting to see a better side of him now. I'm almost starting to like him. At times.

    Banjo and him play so much though. The JRT likes balls and toys, so Banjo will try get them off him, even though she isn't interested in them otherwise. The other day JRT was playing with this fluffy mouse cat toy that has a string and when you pull it, it vibrates. He was pulling the string by holding the end and shaking it and then pouncing on the toy. And then I saw him spinning around with the string in his mouth, so it kept vibrating with Banjo trying to catch it.

    They are constantly play fighting (very noisily) and chase eachother round the oval when we go out. I asked my friend if we could put them together in her yard or ours sometimes when we are both out for the day when she's back.

    He is so much better with the cats now too, though still sometimes cannot control himself. He gets this look in his eyes and then I have to tell him off before he tries to nip the cat. Even though our bomb-proof kitten will walk right up to him and sniff his nose now. And most of the time he will just leave her alone. The autistic kitten is still in hiding most of the day and night, but at times she gets over it and decides to ignore the dog too. I have to watch the dog more closely when she comes out because he isn't as used to her and still thinks that maybe she will turn out to be a rabbit after all. And she will run when chased.

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    Beloz, I know you are not alone in thinking kennels are not the best place for dogs, but it really depends on the kennels you have experience with. You cannot generalise and say kennels are not good for dogs.

    I have repeat customers that slip out of their handlers hands as they get out of the car, race the 30 meters to my front door, and stand there barking to get in. They love coming here.

    Good on you for offering your home to a friend and it is possible your friend cannot afford to pay for 3 weeks in a kennel but imagine how stress free your life would be if you had said to your friend, "Sorry, I have just got to much on my plate and you will need to book him in for a resort holiday at a good kennel."
    Nev Allen
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