Re: To Protective Of Puppy?Posted by: Marie Evans
Posted on: March 08, 2002 at 08:55:04
In Reply to: To Protective Of Puppy?
: I have a 9 week old JRT female, that I leash while she goes outside. We live on an large peice of property that is fully fenced, but there an many things I worry about while she is outside...the property that we live on has many places she could get lost or hurt (eventhough, she is in my supervision at all times). I also worry about my outside dog a Dobie-Mix, only because he can be very aggressive torward cats.
Always go with your first instinct, you are right she is too young to be allowed free roam of your property. It could be quite easy for her to escape through any part of your fence that's not totally secure and then there is also the concern of any type of predator that may be around.
Right now being outside should basically be used for just housebreaking purposes. You want her to start to put outside and potty time together. You will have a harder time housebreaking her if you just leave her outside, she will not have a clue then that being indoors is not a place to use as a bathroom.
Your home should be plenty big for a pup that age to get exercise.
As far as fencing off a spot on your property, that is not a bad idea if you are concerned about her running on all of it especially if you know there are places on it that could be trouble for a terrier with a strong prey drive.
Part of what we have to do as owners of this breed is to protect them from themselves sometimes.