When people make the decision to get a dog, they often have different reasons for doing so. Some want a watchdog while others want a companion waiting for them at the end of the day. Then there are those that want a show dog for competition. There are many reasons why you may want a dog. Your reasons for getting a dog should help you decide what kind of dog you want to get. Each dog is different and has different needs to make them healthy happy animals and pets. This is definitely the case with the Airedale Terrier.
If you are looking for a dog to wait at home for you while you are at work all day, you do not want an Airedale. If you want a dog strictly for show and competition, the Airedale may be right for you, but probably not. If you are looking for a dog to go running or walking with, swimming with, a family pet and a show dog for competitions, the Airedale will be the perfect choice for you. Airedales will never be happy being simply a household pet. They love hunting, chasing animals, running, playing and even competing. They are not a couch potato type of dog. Their high energy level requires a lot of time and exercise to keep them in a positive direction. No matter how well you have your Airedale trained, if he is not stimulated enough with activities, he will become bored and destructive. They have so much pent-up energy each day that they can destroy your entire yard or house in one day if left alone. This is why a combination of training and exercise work so well together for the Airedale Terrier.
When they are bored, they will often bark for no apparent reason or start digging. When they are young, they are great jumpers. They have the chasing instinct bred in them, so don't be surprised if they want to chase any animal that's in their line of sight. Aggression towards other animals can however often be eliminated with socialization.
Airedale Terriers are a lot of work, especially when they are puppies. They have more energy than you've ever seen in a dog. We all know that puppies chew, whatever you might do to try and prevent it. However, Airedales seem to chew more than any other puppy. It seems they have a million bad habits and they probably do. Most of it, however, comes from their high levels of energy. The more activity and training they get from your family, the less disruptive behavior you will see in your Airedale. In spite of what you may have heard or read, Airedales are very trainable and love to please their owners. Once you've succeeded in basic training, you will be well on your way to having exactly what you want in a dog. If you have an active lifestyle and are very physically active, the Airedale Terrier may be the perfect dog for you.