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Old 10-09-2009, 12:10 AM
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I worked with a trainer who trained a giant schnauzer as a drug detection K-9. If I remember right, the dog was an awesome detection dog, but if there was a small critter anywhere in the vicinity.... well, they couldn't teach him not to chase the critter. So yeah, he was definately terrier-ish.
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Old 10-09-2009, 12:23 AM
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Do you think that the terrier obsession with small animals could be averted if they grew up from puppy hood with a cat? Also, would having a job, like herding, help calm that down too?
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:39 AM
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Do you think that the terrier obsession with small animals could be averted if they grew up from puppy hood with a cat? Also, would having a job, like herding, help calm that down too?
That would help alot, but a cat is alot diffrent that a rodent. I grew up around terriers and I know for a fact that you can train to leave you pets that are rodents or small animals alone. We have trained three so far, that leave our small pets alone. Also they can learn what the diffrents between what a rodent outside that they can kill is and between one that is inside and a pet.

They still have the drive and alot of training usually has to go into them. But I sure do love that terrier attitude!


A job might help to keep them occupied and whats not, just as an example. I live ona farm that has a huge gopher problem. Our westie was trained to hunt and kill them. That kept her occupied. We had guinea pigs, ferrets, birds ect aroung her inside the house and she never once went after them.

So yes I think if they have a job to do that would help!
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:06 PM
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I know someone who has a Giant Schnauzer that is a certified therapy dog. He is quite a gentle giant.
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I LOVE him! Best dog I've ever had! He's 9 mos old now and he is so sweet and smart and great with my malti-poo and my birds. He does have high energy and needs his daily romps at the dog park or bike ride around the neighborhood. They are not the breed for everyone though....do your research!

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Old 11-19-2009, 05:03 PM
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I have a mini..but i have a friend who had a giant one and it was super friendly, loyal, but pretty hyper, lol... jumping a lot... but like with any dog, it's trainable.
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:14 PM
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Do you think that the terrier obsession with small animals could be averted if they grew up from puppy hood with a cat? Also, would having a job, like herding, help calm that down too?
A lot of it can be situational, too... my one plott came to us at 4 y/o and will tree my housecat outside, but inside she almost has a healthy... fear? hehe
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Old 11-19-2009, 10:20 PM
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I have two and will never be without one. They are a demanding breed. Smart dogs who are very willing to please. They must have a job and can pretty much do anything. If I had the time I'd do it all. Exercise and training are neccesary as with any other breed of dog.

My two are good with cats and my bird. However, they wouldn't think twice about going after a squirrel if given the chance.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:34 PM
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Hmm this threat got retroactively popular Thanks for all the new replies!
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