We love puppies and our puppy parents. Whether you become a forever home for one of our dogs or not, here are some things to think about.
Black Russian Terriers are not a breed for everyone. We realize that sounds stuffy or exclusionist. This dog raised incorrectly, left isolated, or without heavy socialization has the potential to be a 150 pounds of uncontrollable muscle and teeth. Please read more about the breed on the web, and we have cited a few references here: How to decide if a Black Russian Terrier is for you.
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The Black Russian Terrier is a robust and active breed when given something to do. Activity, nutrition, training, disease prevention, living conditions, temperament, and socialization are all part of the health of your dog.
Here we can provide just a few links. Do your homework and research. Remember the rules about reliable sources. They are based on data or true experience, and to be a good source, more than one or two people are talking about it, and hopefully they are citing the source, so you can go see it for yourself.
Buy the best dog food you can comfortably afford. You can also feed a homemade diet, and a completely raw diet. Always read about your breeds' needs, and how to monitor and use homemade or raw diets. Not the best Idea to just throw a hunk of road kill out there and expect the best results. Be aware what allergies look like. It can be scratching, hair falling out, runny eyes, ear infections and a host of other things. Canine First Aide is a good idea too. Find a vet before you need one. There is a great economical delivered pet food service (don't forget to order for the cat too). There is also a pet food rating site to help you choose what is right for you. This is also a very handy too to understand the ingredients in food, and good education in reading labels.
This is a large and heavy boned dog, espeicially the males. The timing of exercise can mean a lot to bone health and developement. Generally, BRT owners will hold off on heavy exercise; and definitely exercise on pavement. Running with a young dog on hard surfaces can damage bones, muscle and connective tissue. Too much weight on the back can cause problems as well. Many owners feel that 18-24 months is when harder work, to promote conditioning of the body, can slowly commence.
One of the most important things about the Black Russian Terrier is training. Not just sit , lay down, or to bark for a treat. This dog needs boundaries, limitations, and rules. They like knowing exactly what is expected. That is why consistent quality training, and committment to the training is necessary. Although easily trained the BRT needs time invested in his socialization with people, other dogs, and exposure to many situations. Errors and mistakes need to be adrressed immediately. So no sitting on the couch saying "no" 15 times, and then in frustration getting up and over correcting.
People say "pick your battles". But if you take on every tiny disturbance when it occurs (and the dog is relatively tiny too)...then soon there are less disturbances, and probably no battles.