Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:45 PM
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:40 PM
Cairns don't, I think, understand the difference between outside play and inside play except they can run faster in one than the other--I suspect that is the extent of their ability to discern differences so if they play hard outside, it will come in with them.
Getting your dog to obey you is important--you need to be able to stop him from annoying you and/or "getting in trouble" when you aren't paying attention. Work on "No!"--a great general command that means, among other things, "I don't like what you are doing and you must stop it!"
Very few Cairns are true lap dogs--some will come for loving some of the time but they seem to prefer choosing the time, the amount, and the frequency. Not that they aren't affectionate in their way, they are and it varies from dog to dog but they will never be slavering simps that will walk thru hot coals for a pet like some breeds. Once in awhile they will sigh and relax while you stroke them but not for very long--they come, get their compliments and ear scritching and then shake it off, and go to do something they had in mind before you bothered them with your needs. If you really wear them out ( I recommend dog parks so other peoples' dogs can do the wearing out), then they may lay down beside you on the couch and stay there as long as you don't bother them with too many attempted strokes--they won't hesitate to jump down and lay down across the room if you irritate them with your affection.
Wish I could assure you that your Cairn could be a little Golden Retriever, in your face, tongue out, and on it's back letting you scratch its belly for nine tenths of it's mortal existence but it would be a lie. Cairns have an agenda of their own and exercise an independent streak that may or may not include a human being except for the necessities-- to open the door to the yard, refresh the water bowl, or fill the food dish.
Despite all that, they are wonderful dogs that will rarely let you down, will always entertain, are cocksure "on steroids", and will be the best companion dog you'll ever have so long as you let them be Cairns.
Edited by Idaho Cairns, 30 August 2012 - 11:45 PM.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:55 AM
Molly is now 4, and Lola 3. My ex tells me that Molly has calmed down a bit in the past year
We still have the occasional "zoomies" around the house, which makes us laugh, and some nights Lola is quite restless. We try to keep her busy with a variety of toys. Often throwing her toys up and down the stairs a few times, and having her chase them, can wear her out for a while on a rainy day or evening. Sometimes we dump her toy box in the middle of the room and she "rediscovers" those that were at the bottom of the box. These little terriers are *smart*, and interactive toys are helpful. Molly has one where there are little stuffed squirrels in a stuffed house and she has to get each one out. We'd sometimes put a little treat behind the squirrels that she has to dig out. Some people freeze peanut butter in a Kong toy for them to work on for a while (make sure this is in the kitchen, or other place that is easy to clean as it can get a bit messy. Same for Bully sticks, but be careful with those. Some Cairns (like Molly) will happily chew on them for 1/2 hour. Others I've read about, will try to inhale them quickly. Both Molly and Lola like ice. They bat it around and chase it, then sit in a corner and lick it on a hot day. Keep changing it up to keep your dog's interest and make sure Yoda's worn out by the evening. I think in the next year he *may* chill out a little bit compared to his first two years. Good luck.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 02:55 AM
My dog, (Fonzy) get's a hard run outside and we play for 10-20minutes non-stop ball throwing. When he get's inside he drinks water and relaxes. Fonzy is 2 as well. You just need to play with your dog more and he/she will be less active inside. (Very hard to say that...)
Cairns will never be a laptop, they are way to full of energy. Only time they can be a lapdog is if they're sleeping! LOL
Posted 31 August 2012 - 03:10 AM
And I totally agree with everyone above.
With that being said, Murphy just turned 4 in May, and I have to say, there has been a big change in him since then. He is more mature, and he is calming down quite a bit. He still plays hard and is still my little clown, but that change has been so noticeable.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 05:30 AM
two days ago on the street i saw a women walking a lovely black-brindle, long-haired cairn girl. i remarked on the dog and said i had too cairns and she stared at me and said, "bless you. how did you do it?" she had the usual stories of the trials of a cairn puppy, and the common lament, "i had only had labs! we didn't know what we had got into!" but her girl was now six, a good citizen and a good friend.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 05:37 AM
In the evening when I want to watch TV he thinks it's time to play because I'm not doing all the other stuff I do all day (which includes him most of the time). So I play with him for a short while and then I tell him 'that's all' and ignore him. After a bit he settles. He turns one year old next week and I do not expect him ever to be a lap dog but that in a year or two or three he will be calmer. That's just the way these dogs are.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:24 AM
0-4 weeks: Aw Cute
4 weeks - 9 months: Clown-Shark-Insane-Cute
9 months - 1 year: Flashes of Hope
1 - 3 years: Teen Rebellion
3 - 5 years: Adult Pretender
5- 8 years: Citizen and Friend
8- 12 years: Steadfast Companion
12 - 14 years: Cherished Elder
14+: Slow Fade, Wistful Ruin, Graceful Decline, Sudden Collapse (depending on circumstances)
Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:48 AM
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:43 PM
Yeah, that's pretty much how it seems to go. Yet I get right back in line to do it all over again. That's how wonderful these dogs are.
Brad I started off laughing and ended with tears.
Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:44 PM
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