Training Your Boston Terrier



As the proud owner of a Boston Terrier, responsible ownership means making an unwavering commitment to your dog's training. Thanks to its high intelligence level, energy, and curiosity, Boston Terriers need thorough training that goes beyond mastery of basic obedience commands.

Misunderstanding the goals of training can lead to trouble. You need to ensure that your Boston Terrier develops into a well-adjusted good canine citizen.

So what does a well-adjusted Boston Terrier look like? When you think about it, well-adjusted dogs have the same kinds of traits we admire most in our best friends. A well-trained Boston Terrier is a joy to others, its owner, and itself. You can’t help but be drawn to a confident, friendly, well-mannered dog. We feel comfortable with our children and other pets playing with well-adjusted dogs.

A well trained Boston Terrier can go anywhere – the pet store, the beach, a parade, camping and the park. It is comfortable accepting a friendly pat on its head from everyone who passes by, and you’ll enjoy compliments on both the dog's cuteness and demeanor.

These isn’t too good to be true. By setting high goals for your Boston Terrier's training, you are taking the first step for its success. Whatever training program you embark upon, it should involve the development of the best social behavior, an appropriate sense of independence, and confidence.

Training not only enhances your Boston Terrier's quality of life, it promotes your dog's safety and health, too. A good canine citizen Boston Terrier responds to people of all ages and ethnicities, and likes to take part in different activities. You’ll notice that your dog is calm and comfortable with a variety of other pets and animals it encounters.

A well-trained dog means it is less isolated and means that others can handle it when necessary. A trip to the vet, groomers or boarding will be handled with ease. All you need to do is teach your dog how to how to act appropriately in any circumstance it may encounter.

As well, your Boston Terrier’s well-trained habits will allow you to identify health or safety issues with your dog and your home as a result of good training. If you know how your Boston Terrier consistently reacts in a wide variety of situations, you’ll be able to identify any discrepancy that may indicate trouble.

Setting goals and developing a plan for your Boston Terrier’s training is a challenging, but it’s worthwhile endeavor. While doing your research, consider interviewing several trainers, consulting with breeders, and talking to your veterinarian. You might also want to contact the American Kennel Club for a copy of The AKC Canine Good Citizen Test for additional guidance.