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Boston Terriers For Dummies

From Boston Terriers For Dummies by Wendy Bedwell-Wilson

If you decide to adopt a Boston Terrier, make sure you do some research to find a respected breeder. If you plan to travel and need a dependable pet sitter or boarding facility for your Boston Terrier, make sure you interview each candidate or facility first. Follow some basic tips for living with your Boston Terrier, and keep emergency numbers on hand, to keep you both happy and healthy.

How to Find a Reputable Boston Terrier Breeder

If you’ve decided to adopt a Boston Terrier from a breeder, ask potential breeders a lot of questions. Start with these queries when you interview a breeder to find the right Boston Terrier for you:

  • How long have you been breeding Boston Terriers? Do you breed other dogs?

  • What dog organizations do you belong to?

  • What health problems do you screen for? What congenital defects are present in this breed, and what steps are you taking to decrease those defects?

  • What kind of health guarantee do you offer with your dogs?

  • Can I visit your facility and meet the dam?

  • What are the parents’ good and bad points?

  • Where were the puppies raised? How have you socialized them?

  • How many litters do you have a year?

  • When can I take the puppy home?

Finding a Boarding Facility for Your Boston Terrier

When the time comes for you to travel, you want a comfortable and safe place to board your Boston Terrier. Before your drop off your dog, call or visit potential boarding facilities and ask these questions:

  • What hours are you open? When can I drop off my dog and pick her up?

  • Is the kennel supervised 24 hours a day in case of emergency?

  • What vaccinations do you require the dogs to have?

  • Are incoming dogs screened for fleas, ticks, and other parasites?

  • Is a veterinarian on call in case of emergency?

  • What experience do you require your staff to have? Do they know dog first aid?

  • How large are the kennels? How often are they cleaned?

  • How often are the dogs fed? Watered?

  • Can I bring my own food, treats, and toys? Is bedding provided, or can I bring my own?

  • Will someone walk my dog every day? Is there a fee for this service?

  • Do you offer any grooming services?

Finding a Responsible Pet Sitter for Your Boston Terrier

If you prefer pet sitters to boarding facilities, but you’re not lucky enough to have a friend or neighbor help out, you can hire a professional pet sitter for your Boston Terrier. Make sure you ask these questions to find a trustworthy and dependable pet sitter:

  • Do you belong to a professional pet-sitting organization, such as the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters?

  • Do you have references? If so, can I contact them?

  • Are you insured and bonded?

  • How long have you been working as a pet sitter? Have you ever dog-sat a Boston Terrier?

  • What experience do you have with medical care? Do you know canine first aid?

  • Will you stay in my home, or will you come by several times a day?

  • If you’re coming by several times during the day, what times will you come over? How long will you stay?

  • What do you charge for your services, both staying at my home and coming over during the day?

Tips for Living with Your Boston Terrier

For you and your Boston Terrier to have a happy and healthy life together, follow these tips for preparing to bring your dog home, grooming, basic training, and healthcare:

  • No matter how adorable he is, do not buy a Boston on a whim. Research the breed first, talk to other Boston owners, and search out a reputable breeder.

  • Choose a dog whose age and personality fits with yours.

  • Prepare your home by puppy proofing his living area and gathering all the necessary supplies.

  • When your pup comes home, delegate appropriate care responsibilities to every member of the household — including the children!

  • Growing puppies need nutritious food. Feed your dog a healthy diet in the right amounts, and even if he’s a good boy, don’t overdo the treats!

  • Growing puppies also need regular health checks and vaccinations. Meet with your veterinarian regularly during your dog’s developing years.

  • Educate yourself about common illnesses and breed-specific ailments. Knowing what signs to look for can save your dog’s life.

  • Keep your Boston looking his best by grooming him regularly. Grooming not only helps him looking good, but it’s an opportunity to inspect your dog’s body and find problems before they turn into emergencies.

  • Begin to crate and housetrain your Boston early. Your pup will grow to love his den as his safe place, and you will help him develop good elimination habits as soon as possible.

  • Socialize your pup early by introducing him to as many sights, sounds, and smells as possible. The more people and dogs he meets, the better!

  • Teach your Boston how to settle, sit, stay, leave it, and heel when he is a puppy. Attend puppy kindergarten and basic training when he is old enough.

  • Senior dogs have special needs. Be aware of your aging dog’s feeding, exercise, and health requirements when he reaches his golden years.

Pet Emergency Phone Numbers

If your Boston Terrier needs medical care, or you need someone to watch your dog, find and keep these numbers handy so you’re not scrambling to find them. Program them into your cell phone, too!

  • Vet’s office

  • Animal hospital/Emergency care

  • Breeder

  • Pet Sitter

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