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Old 07-30-2007, 05:43 PM
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What breeds do you think SHOULD have a job? Like agility, sledding, hunting, weight-pulling,,,,just something not not just your regular pet dog that gets daily walks and goes to dog parks once in a while?

I was thinking about this when looking more into a bull terrier, they're seem like they just need more activity than dog parks & walks. But even with my dogs like Pepe & Princess I think therapy work would be good work for them. Would you consider that working? And also would you think that would be enough to stimulant a bull terrier or they need to be in some sort of sport like weight-pulling or flyball? And how time-consuming are these sports? Can you do it like once a week? I don't see myself committing my ALL to these kinda of activites as I see how much owners our involved when they have dogs that do these sports. Can't you just go participate from time to time, without the competing and such?

And what would you advise something to do with Didi? She's not cut out for therapy dog work and not active enough for a sport. Maybe would something like dog obedience be good? But again is this one of those things you jsut have to commit to alot to be able to participate in?

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Old 07-30-2007, 05:49 PM
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What breeds? ALL of them IMO. DOesnt have to be a rough n tough sport, it can be as simple as teaching the dog to pick up the dirty laudry and put it in the hamper every night. Of course, some breeds need a job more than others and these would include all breeds that were not bred to be lap dogs specifically.

I can tell you now, weight pulling once a week with a BT is not enough. Not only would he not progress anywhere (he has a great work out then doesn nothing for a week so you have to start from the beginning again week after week) but they have so much energy that he would only be quiet for the rest of the day, not an entire week!!! A weight pulling dog should be worked a minimum of 3X/week IMO to get anywhere. Actually that goes for any dog of any sport. BUt hey thats just my opinion....Of course this changes if you are using other sports to keep the dog in shape. LIke maybe agility monday, weight pull tuesday wednesday rest thursday weight pull friday rest saturday weight pull and sunday flyball or something.
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:54 PM
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Cider spent 2 years nearly climbing the walls. Not a breed many people would claim is high energy.. she is though. Needed a job back then...

Agility once a week at nearly 3 still isn't enough. There needs to be jogging, hiking, roller blading, agility, doggie playtime, fetch etc all over the week and in decent amounts to keep life sane. Only then do I get a dog who will sleep on the couch when I am busy, and be high drive when it is time to play.
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:20 PM
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Milo is a JRT, which is a high energy breed. he doesn't need a JOB every day, but he does need stimulation and exercise for his body and mind.

Milo wakes up around 8am. He goes outside and the relaxes for a few minutes while i eat breakfast, scan through the paper, etc. Then we play fetch, and sometimes if my mom can help supervise he'll play with her wheaten terrier. At around 10:30 or so, he takes a nap in his crate for an hour. At 11:30, my mom either brings Benji for a ride to take my brother to work, or leaves Benji with me while she drops Kyle off then goes to her office. this is when Milo goes outside, and we swim for an hour or two. Then he runs around outside while drying off, and goes back inside and has a short rest, about an hour long nap. Then we do something mentally fun, like trick training, or problem solving (today i turned some boxes, crates, tubs, baskets, etc, upside down and put his toys in them, so he had to get them out). We do that for a while. Then he'll just follow me (usually pretty calmly) around the house while i do chores, clean up, etc. the rest of my family gets home between 3-6, and then Milo has to go say hi to everyone, bring them a toy, etc, etc.

We occasionally do agility, just for fun, and on those days Milo will sleep for the rest of the day. He'll also sleep all day if we go on a hike or something.

When you have a high energy dog, you get creative. The best thing to do is socialize them, because it opens up SO many options as to what you can do.
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Old 07-30-2007, 06:28 PM
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I know of a dog park with an agility course around here, that would be good to go to with the dogs. The roller blading seems nice too, except skating, I'll bust my a$$ blading lol.
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It is handy to have a dog park with an agility course but you are forgetting one very important thing, Bull Terriers tend to be dog agressive so that is something you would have to keep a very close eye on and a very tight grip.
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vixie and dodger have some VERY important jobs...

9am we get up, and they double check to make sure the cat is not on the otherside of the door.

the majority of the day they spend patroling for said evil kitty, making sure every insect in the house knows if they are seen they will be attacked visiously, and making sure the food knows whos boss.

in the evening they take their jobs of personal lap chest and shoulder warmers very importantly, and they take their job of patroling the floor around the dinner table for scraps VERY seriously.

bedtime comes and their job as bed warmer of course becomes first for the evening.

yes i agree ALL dogs should have some kind of job, but that job could be as simple as bed warmer.

in terms of what breeds need a more active job than others, it sometimes simply depends on the individual, ive seen high energy dogs and low energy dogs in the same breed.

id say any of the "working" group, ie dobes, shepards ect all should have a little more of SOMETHING going on.
add to that terriers and guardian breeds as the next on the list of, "needs something "important" to do.
I knew one aussie shepard whos JOB was making sure the children stayed in their beds all night as she patroled the halls...

a good job for a bull terrier, simple, anything that is quick and stiumlating and nothing that requires too much attention on one thing, bull terriers tend to get bored VERY easily. i found my grandfatheres staffy bull terriers favorite job was pulling a wagon round the garden during fruit season when we kids would go out and raid the orchard...she loved pulling the cart around.
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Old 07-31-2007, 08:10 PM
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It is handy to have a dog park with an agility course but you are forgetting one very important thing, Bull Terriers tend to be dog agressive so that is something you would have to keep a very close eye on and a very tight grip.
Will do, thanks. And this isn't one of those wanites... where your like OMG they're just so stunning, I got to have one! In reality although Huskies are the like the most beautiful dogs in the world. But honestly after reading up on them and having one shed all over me. I don't I could commit to a lifestyle change just to get one or could withstand the summer shedding!! But a BT, sure will!! And oooh I also forgot to mention I like the tri-color as well! It'll be neat if we do the target thing on the dog's eye and name the dog ''Bulleye''. But I would really just like a pure whitey though. No artifical colors please
But if they have a spot on their eye or ear, that's okay for me. I'm debating for a boy for either Capone, Chico or Casper (if FULLY white) as a name.

And you really should of seen me looking all shocked on why would an owner could ''trimmed'' their huskie's fur!! Only to find out that they shed most of their fur in the summer But thats pretty cool though, no trip to the groomers when the hot sunny Florida summer comes in, but yikes all that dog hair in your house, no thanks!! And South Florida doesn't really have the climate for the breed anywho.
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Way back when ... all my goldens had and enjoyed " jobs " well at least the males .... the girls sucked at it . !! Rufus always carried the kitchen garbage can back in .... All my males learned to bring back mail and papers from their boxes .... out of sight from the house , but my kids would give them to them at their bus stop . Males again ... I could give them anything from a note to a wrapped tool and they would take it to whom ever I asked . My kids when banished to their rooms could write a note and say take it to Mommy . All my males would fetch shoes , slippers etc , never got any females to do anything !!! Goldens love jobs !!! Now if I could ever conveniece Ollie that he's mostly Golden !!
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Izzy does therapy work, backyard agility, Rally, and we are working on learning to track (though it's going very slowly). I am also waiting to hear back from a lady who may be starting a flyball team, and in Sept. she will be taking her herding instinct test, should she pass that we may look into herding lessons.

Frodo did have a backpack until he hurt his back/hip/knee, it is more mentally stimulating then I ever would have guessed, the dog has to really think about keeping the pack balanced. Now he and I are doing some Freestyle for fun.

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in terms of what breeds need a more active job than others, it sometimes simply depends on the individual, ive seen high energy dogs and low energy dogs in the same breed.
I totally agree with this in regard to not only the need for physical stimulation, but also mental.

Frodo and Izzy are the perfect example. They are from the same litter but Izzy *needs* to have a job to do or she is a nightmare to live with, no matter how much exercise she gets. Even if it's just 5 minutes of doing really tough/sequenced tricks, she needs something every day. Frodo is the complete opposite, he likes to work but he's not nuts about it like Izzy. As long as he gets a good run/hike in he's fine.
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