Truly an "All-American" dog, the Boston Terrier is a lively and highly intelligent breed with an excellent disposition. They are high-spirited, and playful. This dapper dog is a delightful combination of determination, strength, balance, and gracefulness.
These qualities are even repeatedly required in the written standard.
So you want a Boston Terrier?
The temperament of a Boston is hard to describe. They are unlike any other breed there is. They are very loving, caring, wanting to please at all times. It takes a lot to make a Boston mad, but when they do get upset they walk away while giving you what I like to call "the stink eye". They are very easy to train, they love to learn, and catch on very fast. They are quite sensitive to the tone of your voice, using a harsh tone will upset them and when they are upset their face shows it. Many Boston owners have said they make great watch dogs and only bark when they feel it's a must. Others say their males don't bark at all. They are great with kids, great for the elderly and friendly to strangers once they are sure the stranger is not going to harm their family. They are a very playful breed, very affectionate, and very much a part of the family, and very popular in North America because of its excellent character. Although they love to please and are easy to train, house breaking can be a small problem. Over all a Boston is a gentle, alert, very intelligent, and well-mannered dog.
Boston’s do not need a lot of exercise. They love going for walks, however interactive play provides them with more than enough exercise and the attention he craves and loves. You should never push your Boston to exercise outside in extreme temperatures because they cannot handle intense heat or cold, do to their short faces and hair. Boston’s are very happy doing anything from playing fetch inside to going on hikes with you to vegging on the sofa on a Sunday.
Boston’s terriers are very easy to train. They love to please, they love to learn, and catch on very fast. They can be a little slow when it comes to house training but they will catch on quicker than many breeds. They are social little guys and crave attention. They need proper socialization at an early age because sometimes females can be quite territorial. Using small treats and praising works well for Boston’s, they respond to positive reinforcement better than discipline. A happy Boston is a Boston that is ready to learn and ready to please. There is nothing better than a happy Boston terrier. Stay consistent and take at least a few minutes to train each day. Do not stretch each training period too long or your Boston will get bored. Mix it up and work on one trick or command for a few minutes, then go to another. While training a Boston, a small bag of cut-up hot dogs will become very useful. Make it fun. Remember a Boston wants to please you. Turn training into a game you both will enjoy, that way your Boston won't get bored and nether will you.
Some Simple Steps for Boston Terrier Potty Training
When beginning to potty train, better known as house breaking your Boston terrier, a key word to remember is patience. The puppy will not understand how to be potty trained the very first day, not usually, but a special few may surprise us! Normally, it will take a few days to a few weeks to completely housebreak a Boston terrier. Initially, there will be accidents in your house, so be ready to clean up messes for a while. Yet, there are some tried and true ways to instill good potty skills into your dog.
First, using a kennel or crate is a well-received approach to potty training a Boston terrier or any other dog for that matter. The idea is to place the puppy in a place where he/she sleeps and rests so that the dog learns to keep himself from going to the restroom. Dogs do not like to soil the places where they sleep, so this is an effective way to train them, if you don’t mind putting them in the kennel at night with the door closed and also during the day when you are not there as well. The kennel should be big enough for the dog to stand turn around and lay down in, use a divider if your kennel is currently too big for the dog, the idea is to restrict the area so they are less likely to "mess" on their sheets. On the outside, it seems cruel to place an animal in a kennel for long hours, but according to dog trainers, this gives the dog a sense of comfort and their own space. They eventually get used to this type of training and it becomes a habit.
While potty training your Boston terrier, you must remember to take your puppy outside to relieve himself/herself frequently. Within 5 minutes of waking up and within 15-20 after each meal. As you go outside, say “do you to do your business” or whatever phrase you choose, make sure all members of the family use the same training words as not to confuse the puppy. As the dog is going to the restroom, say it again and then praise the dog profusely with lots of hugs, pats and even a treat.
We begin with the litter training method at 4 weeks old. Each puppy will be sent home with litter and a litter box to help with the transition. I suggest placing the litter box in an area the puppy and you will be 'hanging out" in most frequently. With each passing day accident free move the litter box a few feet closer to the door you wish the puppy to go out to potty, eventually moving the litter box directly outside and then to the are outside you want the puppy to go ie under a tree etc.
I use a combination of all three of these methods, typically I have found that our males have been quicker at potty training than our females, however our females have been quicker at picking up other basic obedience than our males, patience and routine are key.
Expect the occasional accident especially during sever weather changes. During very cold winter months I will let our dogs out they typically will pee come back in for 5 mins warm up then back out for number 2. Sometimes they even need a little "encouragement" to go out when its raining.
Remember Boston’s are extremely keen to the tone in your voice, if you are scolding them too harshly they may become confused and think doing there “business” is bad no matter what, causing them to sneak off to rarely used parts of the house to relieve themselves. With breeds such as this positive reinforcement is always the best method.
Grooming will help insure the health and general appearance of your dog.
Brushing and petting are healthy for skin and coat as well as occasional bath will allow you to inspect your dog for abnormal growths, cuts and abrasions and dry scaly skin. This special time is also a good time to find fleas and ticks.
Bathing your dog should not be done excessively. Too many baths with harsh a soap can dry your Boston’s skin. Most all soaps will kill fleas. Just leave on for about 5 minutes then rinse. The soap bubbles prevent the flea from getting oxygen so be sure to allow the five minutes before the rinsing.
Be extremely careful to avoid getting soap in your dog’s ears and eyes. If you get some in the eyes rinse out immediately with clear gentle stream of water. Much the same as you would with soap in your eyes. For the ears you can place cotton in them to help prevent water from getting in. Should you forget and water gets in, dry the best you can with a cotton ball. Watch that the dog does not developed any ear infections the next several days.
I prefer to just use a wash cloth to clean the head of my BTs. The hair is so short that this method works the best for me.
I recommend shampoos with a high level of oat meal ingredient; it is not harsh and won’t irritate skin, smells great and leaves a beautiful soft shinny coat. My motto is if they are visibly dirty or you can smell them it’s time for a bath.